Reading, For the Time Being was my first Annie Dillard experience. WOW! I was continuously blown away as I (with my Merriam Webster by my side) read Annie's telling of things. Things?! Things remarkable; heart-breaking; unbelievable (but, believed); mind-bending; many, too cerebral for me to understand. But, mesmerized, mystified, strong and of a good courage, I plunged ahead. Anyone passing by my bed (where I live)I stopped and held captive while I read lines and paragraphs just too wonderful to keep to myself. After reading For the Time Being, I immediately borrowed, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek from my lending library. Then I bought, Pilgrim and Teaching a Stone to Talk. Just can't imagine where this woman has been all my life.