Searching Yesterdays


“If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday.”

Pearl S. Buck

The first time I met Pearl Buck was when I read Reader’s Digest’s condensed version of The Three Daughters of Madame Liang. I was 15. This past year, I read Pearl Buck in China: Journey to the Good Earth by Hilary Spurling. It was a page turner – brilliantly researched and thoughtfully written.

Pearl Buck’s novel, The Good Earth was an overnight worldwide bestseller in 1932 and a blockbuster movie shortly thereafter.  She was the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.  Her ability to recreate the lives of ordinary people was based on her vibrant understanding of “yesterday.”

Each new day comes from our “yesterdays.”  We are the authors of our narratives.  We have the power to create an extraordinary life.