Monday, October 20, 2014

Static Things ~ John Fowles

“In some mysterious way woods have never seemed to me to be static things. In physical terms, I move through them; yet in metaphysical ones, they seem to move through me.”

~ John Fowles



Artwork from Nick Wroblewski  http://nickwroblewski.com/

Monday, October 13, 2014

Continue the Illusion ~ Frank Zappa

“The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater.”

― Frank Zappa


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

Artwork by Jamie Temple http://jdatemple.com/

Friday, October 10, 2014

What is Worth Keeping ~ George Eliot

“Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person; having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but to pour them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then, with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.” 

― George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)



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

Artwork by Tirzah Garwood http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tirzah_Garwood

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Quiet Transition ~ Tove Jansson

“The quiet transition from autumn to winter is not a bad time at all. It's a time for protecting and securing things and for making sure you've got in as many supplies as you can. It's nice to gather together everything you possess as close to you as possible, to store up your warmth and your thoughts and burrow yourself into a deep hole inside, a core of safety where you can defend what is important and precious and your very own. Then the cold and the storms and the darkness can do their worst. They can grope their way up the walls looking for a way in, but they won't find one, everything is shut, and you sit inside, laughing in your warmth and your solitude, for you have had foresight.”

Tove Jansson


Artwork by Tove Jansson

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

Monday, October 6, 2014

Life from the Center ~ Thomas Kelly

"Life from the Center is a life of unhurried peace and power. It is simple. It is serene. It is amazing. It is triumphant. It is radiant. It takes not time, but it occupies all our time.”



Artwork from Peter Clayton http://www.peterclayton.org/



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




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