Thursday, October 19, 2017

'Is This All There Is? ~ Bill McKibben

“We speak often, and sentimentally, of being 'enchanted' by the natural world. But what if it's the other way around? What if we are enchanted, literally, by the human world we live in? That seems entirely more likely - that the consumer world amounts to a kind of lulling spell, chanted tunefully and eternally by the TV, the billboard, the suburb. A spell that convinces us that the things we want most from the world are comfort, convenience, security. A spell that by now we sing to each other. A spell that, should it start to weaken, we try to strengthen with medication, with consumption, with noise. A slight frantic enchantment, one that has to get louder all the time to block out the troubling question constantly forming in the back of our minds: 'Is this all there is?”

~ Bill McKibben


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Artwork from Mark Herald
http://www.birchamgallery.co.uk/catalogue/artist/Mark:Hearld/biography/

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Being Alone with our Thoughts~ Carl Honoré

“In this media-drenched, data-rich, channel-surfing, computer-gaming age, we have lost the art of doing nothing, of shutting out the background noise and distractions, of slowing down and simply being alone with our thoughts.”

~ Carl Honoré






Monday, October 16, 2017

Aomething was Going to Happen ~ Jean Webster

“I ate breakfast in the kitchen by candle-light, and then drove the five miles to the station through the most glorious October colouring. The sun came up on the way, and the swamp maples and dogwood glowed crimson and orange and the stone walls and cornfields sparkled with hoar frost; the air was keen and clear and full of promise. I knew something was going to happen. ” 

~ Jean Webster


More at  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Webster

Artwork from Niki Bowers http://www.cambridgegallery.co.uk/nikibowers/

Friday, October 13, 2017

One Solution ~Bill Mollison

"There is one, and only one solution, and we have almost no time to try it. We must turn all our resources to repairing the natural world, and train all our young people to help. They want to; we need to give them this last chance to create forests, soils, clean waters, clean energies, secure communities, stable regions, and to know how to do it from hands-on experience."

~Bill Mollison




Artwork by Jane Dignum https://www.janedignum.com/

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Ultimately Subversive~ Carol Deppe

" There is nothing we can do that is ultimately subversive - there is no act of gardening that is so profound a rebellion, there is no act of eating that is so potent a blow for food quality and food system sanity - as to take back the corn crop in our own backyards, and grow, breed, eat, and save seed of corn based upon an entirely different set of values.” 

~ Carol Deppe




Artwork from Clare Leighton

Monday, October 9, 2017

Demands of a very Practical Sort ~ Evelyn Underhill

"Never let yourself think that because God has given you many things to do for Him, pressing routine jobs, a life full up with duties and demands of a very practical sort---that all these need separate you from communion with Him. God is always coming to you in the Sacrament of the Present Moment. Meet and receive Him there with gratitude in that sacrament; however unexpected its outward form may we receive Him in every sight and sound, joy, pain, opportunity and sacrifice."

~Evelyn Underhill



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Artwork from Wanda Gág https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wanda_G%C3%A1g 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Keeping up With the Crowd. ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

“We who live in quiet places have the opportunity to become acquainted with ourselves, to think our own thoughts and live our own lives in a way that is not possible for those keeping up with the crowd.” 

~ Laura Ingalls Wilder


More at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laura_Ingalls_Wilder

Artwork from Mary Azarian https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Azarian

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