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

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

At the Edge

“The beautiful can exist at the edge precisely because it has nothing to lose and everything to give.” – Frederick Turner

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


“Soon it got dusk, a grapy dusk, a purple dusk over tangerine groves and long melon fields; the sun the color of pressed grapes, slashed with burgundy red, the fields the color of love and Spanish mysteries.” ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road    


“…to hold twilight or watch it darken, describes the pleasure we take in pausing to observe as day slips into night. To stand at our window, wrapped in the half-dark and watch the day disappear… is a moment of hygge.” ― Louisa Thomsen Brits, The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Living Well