Luxury

Today, luxury resides in everything that is becoming rare: communion with nature, silence, meditation, slowness rediscovered, the pleasure of living out of step with others, studious idleness, the enjoyment of the major works of the mind…” — Pascal Bruckner

Bend

“Sometimes it’s like you have to bend to go on living.”— Wings of Dersire, 1987

Plants

“You do not need to know anything about a plant to know that it is beautiful.” ~ Monty Don

Faith

“None of us knows what might happen even the next minute, yet still we go forward. Because we trust. Because we have Faith.” ― Paulo Coelho, Brida

Our Personal Universe

“As our personal universes expand, if we keep drawing ourselves into center again and again, everything seems to enhance everything else… The activity seems to spring out of the same source: poem or pot, loaf of bread, letter to a friend, a morning’s meditation, a walk in the woods, turning the compost pile, knitting a … More Our Personal Universe

Small, frail lights

“And in the political dark, I light small, frail lights about peace and hold them up in the whirlwind.” — From The Hidden Ground of Love by Thomas Merton / Shamelessly stolen from Pastor Michael Moore

The Sun in Poem & Flora

“I turn in the direction of the sun and keep walking. It’s the heart that asks the question, not my furious mind. The heart is the smaller cousin of the sun. It sees and knows everything.” —- from “This Morning I Pray for My Enemies” by Joy Harjo

Women Friends

“Women rely on friends. … That’s where we draw sustenance and find safety. We can count on our women friends when we need a good laugh or a good cry.” —— Cokie Roberts

The Mental Air

“I take a last walk, discovering a sequestered park presided over by an imposing statue of Neptune. I climb uneven stone steps up a slope that opens onto what appears to be a botanical garden, with a number of squat palms, and a variety of trees. As I wander about, an unexpected though familiar giddiness … More The Mental Air