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Monthly Archives: April 2010


Strolling on, it seems to me that the strangeness and wonder of existence are emphasized here, in the desert, by the comparative sparsity of the flora and fauna: life not crowded upon life as in other places but scattered abroad in spareness and simplicity, with a generous gift of space for each herb and bush and tree, each stem of grass, so that the living organism stands out bold and brave and vivid against the lifeless sand and barren rock. The extreme clarity of the desert light is equaled by the extreme individuation of desert life-forms. ~ Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire (1968)



We should remember in our dealings with animals that they are a sacred trust to us…[They] cannot speak for themselves. ~  Harriet Beecher Stowe


Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises. ~ Pedro Calderon de la Barca


God in His wisdom made the fly
And then forgot to tell us why.
~Ogden Nash, “The Fly”


Love of beauty is taste.  The creation of beauty is art.  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.  ~ Rachel Carson


The greatest poem ever known
Is one all poets have outgrown:
The poetry, innate, untold,
Of being only four years old.
~Christopher Morley, To a Child


Shipping is a terrible thing to do to vegetables.  They probably get jet-lagged, just like people.  ~ Elizabeth Berry


Find beauty not only in the thing itself but in the pattern of the shadows, the light and dark which that thing provides. ~ Junichiro Tanizaki


For after all, the best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain. ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow