Joan Doran's power of observation, her honesty and openness, have a deft ability to turn language into music that opens our eyes, invites us to look deeper, and rewards our looking with a sense of the sacred in our ordinary lives. "Herding Mice at Three A.M." is divided into four movements. The first takes a large view of the world we live in. In Part 2 nature becomes our wise teacher, our comforting lover, our loyal friend. Part 3 is a bittersweet exploration of those things that comfort us - fresh starts, old beaus, friends, scars left by the times we let go too soon or not soon enough. Part 4, the grand finale, looks large at a life well lived, asking questions like, "Is There Red in Heaven?" This book is a symphony of life, a celebration that finds awe and sacredness in the ordinary.