Monday, September 29, 2014

Corn and the Ear ~ Thomas Clarkson

"The bud and the blossom, the rising and the falling leaf, the blade of corn and the ear, the seed time and the harvest, the sun that warms and ripens, the cloud that cools and emits the fruitful shower; these, and an hundred objects, afford daily food for the religious growth of the mind. Even the natural man is pleased with these. They excite in him natural ideas, and produce in him a natural kind of pleasure. But the spiritual man experiences a sublimer joy. He sees none of these without feeling both spiritual improvement and delight. It is here that he converses with the Deity in his works."

~Thomas Clarkson



More at  http://www.worldspirituality.org/quaker-agriculture.html

Artwork by Jan Ritchie http://www.janritchie.co.uk/

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Obeying from Within ~ D H Lawrence

“Men are free when they are obeying some deep, inward voice of religious belief. Obeying from within. Men are free when they belong to a living, organic, believing community, active in fulfilling some unfulfilled, perhaps unrealized purpose."

~ D H Lawrence




Thursday, September 11, 2014

Doorsteps ~ Bill Mollison

"Sitting at our back doorsteps, all we need to live a good life lies about us. Sun, wind, people, buildings, stones, sea, birds and plants surround us. Cooperation with all these things brings harmony, opposition to them brings disaster and chaos.”

~ Bill Mollison



More at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Mollison

Artwork from Jamie Fryer http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/jamie-fryer.html

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Long Way Home ~ Sylvia Townsend Warner

"Go the long way, the long way home.

Over this gate and that lean, at the three lanes' meeting delay,
Look well at that field of hay, eye closely the drilled loam,
Finger the springing corn, count every petal
Of the hedge rose and the guelder rose.
Under the bosom of the blossomed elder stay,
Delay, linger, browse deep on all this green and all this growing,
Slant cheek to the sweet air, with deep greeting survey
The full-leaved boughs like water flowing,
The corn-waves hurrying uphill as the wind blows.
Look overhead into the blue, look round,
Watch this bird fly and that bird settle,
With slow treading and sure greet the assuring ground:
Go slowly, for slowly goes this midsummer day,
And this is the last time you will come this way.

Go the long way, the long way home.
Aye, and when you've arrived and the sighing gate falls to,
Go slowly, go heedfully your garden through.
Breathe in the spice pinks, turn face up to the soft
Ripe rose that wags aloft,
Nod to the old rake, rub thumbs along the spade's edge,
Measure the potato hills and the tall bean rows,
Pledge cherry and currant bush, pledge lily and lily leaf spear
And rebel the nettles waving along the hedge;
Look closely, look well,
See how your garden grows,
Ponder yourself even into the secret cell
Of this year's honeycomb:
Look long, for long has this been yours and long been dear,
And this is the last time you will stand here.

Go the long way, the long way home.
Though you are weary, hasten not ghost to ground,
Tarry this last hour out, take your last look round,
Greet finally the earth, greet leaf and root and stock.
Stand in your last hour poised, like the dandelion clock-
Frail ghost of the gaudy raggle-taggle that you were-
Stand up, O homing phantom, stand up intact and declare
The goodness of earth the greatest good you found,
Ere the wind jolts you, and you vanish like the foam."

-Sylvia Townsend Warner


More at ~  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sylvia_Townsend_Warner

Friday, September 5, 2014

Inside Oneself ~ D H Lawrence


“Religion was fading into the background. He had shovelled away all the beliefs that would hamper him, had cleared the ground, and come more or less to the bedrock of belief that one should feel inside oneself for right or wrong, and should have the patience to gradually realise one's God. Now life interested him more.”


















More at. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/D._H._Lawrence

Artwork from Garry Shead http://www.etchinghouse.com.au/pages/artist_works.php?artist_id=79

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

L.M. Montgomery ~ Simple Little Pleasures

 "I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string.” 

L.M. Montgomery



More at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucy_Maud_Montgomery
Artwork from Clare Winslow http://www.clarewinslow.com/




Thursday, August 21, 2014

Break that Chain ~ Leymah Gbowee

“The person who hurt you....who raped you or killed your family...is also here. If you are still angry at that person, if you haven't been able to forgive, you are chained to him. Everyone could feel the emotional truth of that: When someone offends you and you haven't let go, every time you see him, you grow breathless or your heart skips a beat. If the trauma was really severe, you dream of revenge. Above you, is the Mountain of Peace and Prosperity where we all want to go. But when you try to climb that hill, the person you haven't forgiven weighs you down. It's a personal choice whether or not to let go. No one can tell you how long to mourn a death or rage over a rape. But you can't move forward until you break that chain.”

~  Leymah Gbowee


More at  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leymah_Gbowee

Artwork from Liberian artist Tubman Tweh http://allafrica.com/stories/201401171220.html
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