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The Play of Light: Observations and Epiphanies in the Everyday World [Paperback]

By Louis J. Masson, Grace Conlin (Narrator), Ernie Paniccioli, Theodora Richards (Illustrator), Jean-Jaques Rouger (Illustrator), Honey Naylor (Contributor), Becky Freeman & B. Teissier (Editor)
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Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.76" Width: 5.68" Height: 0.43"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 25, 2006
Publisher   Cowley Publications
ISBN  1561012408  
EAN  9781561012404  


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What follows is the play of memory and epiphany in a rather ordinary life spent with family, in the classroom, in church, among books, and in nature-the commonplace revelations of the Holy Ghost's bright wings. . . With elegant fluidity, Lou Masson retraces the paths of his memory in search of revelations from the past. Snow under a boy's boots; the old hands of a Russian artist; a daughter's photographs; the wide Willamette Valley-as Masson turns his eye to such simple images, the light of new meaning begins to glow. Under his pen, the lost moments of everyday life resurface with iconic vitality. Yet at heart, Masson's writing reaches from private thought to touch memory not his own. The intimacy of Masson's reflections opens us to our own remembered worlds. Guided by his faith in life's value, our forgotten pasts may reemerge in all their once-hidden holiness. In The Play of Light, Masson offers us a double journey: to travel with him into his past draws us into the singular richness of our own lives.

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What follows is the play of memory and epiphany in a rather ordinary life spent with family, in the classroom, in church, among books, and in nature the commonplace revelations of the Holy Ghost s bright wings. . . With elegant fluidity, Lou Masson retraces the paths of his memory in search of revelations from the past. Snow under a boy s boots; the old hands of a Russian artist; a daughter s photographs; the wide Willamette Valley as Masson turns his eye to such simple images, the light of new meaning begins to glow. Under his pen, the lost moments of everyday life resurface with iconic vitality. Yet at heart, Masson s writing reaches from private thought to touch memory not his own. The intimacy of Masson s reflections opens us to our own remembered worlds. Guided by his faith in life s value, our forgotten pasts may reemerge in all their once-hidden holiness. In The Play of Light, Masson offers us a double journey: to travel with him into his past draws us into the singular richness of our own lives."

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Lou Masson has spent a lifetime teaching writing and literature at the University of Portland in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In addition to innumerable stories and poems, he has authored a collection of essays, Reflections: Essays on Place and Family. Masson serves as contributing editor to Portland Magazine.

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Inspiring Memories  Jun 26, 2006
Reviewed by Nina Larson for Reader Views (6/06)

From the first word, the voice in Louis Masson's book, "The Play of Light" is gentle, yet emotional. Outwardly a memoir of his 60 + year life, this book transcends a simple narrative of the author's life and inspired memories and emotions in me. Masson's life has had the usual triumphs and tribulations of a white, middle-class, Catholic American, and his telling outwardly wandered like his old "associative" professor. Yet reading this book brought up recollections I knew I had, but hadn't thought of in years, or realized the depth of impact; the smell of fall, winter, spring, and summer; my first memory; the feel of story-time at bedtime.

Memories and experiences we all have, yet take for granted during our day to day lives.
However, unlike most of us, Masson has accepted what has gone before and what will come. And through sharing his memories, and his emotions bound up in those memories, my memories and the feelings attached to those memories took on a fresh and peaceful aspect. This book and Masson are a light shining into the darkness of forgetfulness. The dedication is a well written symbol of this book; memories and help from the past, inspiring hope and best wishes for the future.

Masson is writing to leave a record of himself, his family, his faith. A `remember me, I was once here' urge that strikes us all, from ancient and modern graffiti artists to classical artists such as Rodin. Death and life are examined, from the stages of funerals and puddle-jumping. Clearly, it is the present moment that matters. "It is in the sketching, not the sketch, that we truly cherish something of each day." pp.28.

I actually reread this book, searching for what made it so powerful. I am still not quite sure. It might be the connections I find between his questions and life and my life. But that does not explain why the prologue moved me to tears, when the entire chapter is explicitly a situation entirely alien to me.

Masson has provided the world with a wonderful book. Frankly, I would recommend it to anyone. Age range is immaterial. The reading level is relatively easy, the writing incredibly descriptive and lyrical, and the sentiment; classless. However, this is a reflective memoir, a book that inspires self-reflection and emotion. Expect tears and change.
 

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