First Sentence; First
Story: It’s hard to argue with an old Indian or his
How nice to have collection of Johnson’s annual Christmas
stories, all in one place. Plus, there is the added gift of
a new story, and a wonderful, personal introduction by Lou
Diamond Phillips, the actor who plays Henry Standing Bear
in the Longmire television series, based on the series.
Phillips introduction expresses so much of what I feel about
Johnson’s writing, as well as the pleasure of meeting
Craig and his wife Judy.
The stories are of the same, high quality we’ve come
to expect from Johnson. They are thoughtful and entertaining
with each containing a small lesson as well. From how one
should never overlook the basics, to realizing that salvation
can come from unexpected sources, to forgiveness and tolerance.
It’s lovely that there is even a small reference to
the American actor Robert Taylor, perhaps best known for the
Westerns he made in the 1960s, as an homage to the Australian
actor currently playing Sheriff Longmire. There are also lessons
on acceptance, remembering others, giving, priorities, desperation
and redemption. But we also learn the history of the term,
Wait for the Signs is a classic example of Johnson’s
humor, wisdom and wonderful writing. As well as a treat for
oneself, it is an excellent introduction to those who’ve
not read Johnson before.