Lachesis’ Allotment

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Inspiring Reading: Lachesis’ Allotment by Diana R.A. Morris

The more I re-read this book, the more inspiration I draw from it. Morris has the heart of an artist and is a joy to read, cover to cover.

Actually, the chapters of Diana R.A. Morris’ book Lachesis’ Allotment can be read in any order. Simply open the book and begin reading. At nearly 80 pages, every word is impactful.

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The format is creative and courageous. Pages of a screenplay are inserted into the text. And although I greatly favor reading a prose narrative over reading plays, the screenplay soon captivated me, as when the characters sit in tense silence at the renowned Trident Cafe on Boston’s Newbury Street. A scene of silence is not easy to write!

Some chapters are just one bold sentence long. And some are purely to uplift the reader:  “wit. sarcasm. cooking. rings. leather jackets. reciprocity. old-school songs. being random. going to concerts alone. midnight walks with no destination. anything that makes me feel the way the first person to hear the drum solo in Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight” probably felt. libraries. museums. he who, as of now, remains unnamed, unknown, unseen, and undiscovered.”

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Morris includes cool pop culture references that take me back to the 90s and beyond: Spice World (DVD),  Avatar (film), Fences (film), Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!

She does not shy away from the most difficult topics, such as the death of a loved one. According to Greek mythology, each of us is allotted only so much length of life by Lachesis, one of the 3 Fates, so we must make the most of the limited time we have. The author finds a way to draw strength from every experience to accomplish her purpose as an artist in the world.

I find myself wishing Morris had written more. When she delves into a topic, the observations are brilliant. And the description of her response to a painting in a gallery in Athens is sublime.

Here is an excerpt from chapter 2 on social connections:  “Central to the formation of any relationship, whether it be platonic or romantic, is a constant exchange of energy that provides sustenance and growth for those involved. Conversely, at the very core of the dissolution of any relationship is an imbalance of this energy exchange, usually in the form of an absence, such as of care, contact, or expressed interest.”Perhaps there will be a sequel.

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Written by Meredith Fairbank