I have been looking into schedules. Even when we read physics, we inquire of each least particle, What then shall I do this morning? How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing. A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time.
~Annie Dillard


On the first of each month,
a guest writer
how he or she spends the day.


photo credit: Chuck Murphy


October 1, 2019: Cynthia Newberry Martin


Over the ten plus years of the How We Spend Our Days series, readers and family have often asked when I was going to write about one of my days. I hesitated for two reasons. One, I was often writing about my days here. And two, despite the fact that I’ve been a writer for years, I got it in my head that even though guest writers did not need to have a published book, I did.

Tidal Flats was officially published 9-9-19. So on October 1st, I will write about one of my days.

Normally, my way into a book and therefore the way I introduce the next writer is by way of language. In lieu of that, if anyone who has read Tidal Flats has a favorite line or lines, will you share them in the comments? I would love that.

Since Tidal Flats was published, I’ve had two other firsts–first time on the radio and first time on TV.

Radio: Georgia Public Radio (NPR), “On Second Thought” with Virginia Prescott


TV: WLOX-TV in Biloxi, “The Four O’Clock Show” with Dave Elliott

If you’re new to me or to the website, click over for a little lot about me. And please,

Come back on OCTOBER 1st to read how CYNTHIA NEWBERRY MARTIN spends her days.