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Connecting with Alice's Chicken Chronicles
on July 3, 2011
Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined myself caring for a mini-flock of "designer hens," nor would I have envisioned writing a review for a memoir I had recently read describing someone else's experiences with these most intriguing creatures. Until now. Alice Walker's recent Chicken Chronicles not only kept me entranced and delighted well into the wee hours but validated my fascination with these often misjudged and undervalued birds that give so much more than they receive. Like Alice, I have learned the zen-like value of being still with them in the mornings while enjoying my first cup of coffee; the thrill of finding that first warm egg; their daily comical antics; and the genuine sorrow of losing a favorite "girl" to mysterious causes. Chickens have a good deal to teach us humans if we will only pay attention and learn. Alice Walker knows there is much more to a chicken than eggs for breakfast and legs for dinner. And, for those whose life styles cannot accommodate such "exotic pets," Chicken Chronicles offers a fascinating glimpse into the human heart's capacity to love and learn.