Some food for thought from a homesteading Quaker in the beautiful town of Hay-on-Wye on the border between Wales and England.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
A Single Flame ~ A.S. Byatt
"A man is the history of his breaths and thoughts, acts, atoms and wounds, love indifference and dislike, also of his race and nation, the soil that fed him and his forbears, the stones and sands of his familiar places, long-silenced battles and struggles of conscience, of the smiles of girls and the slow utterance of old women, of accidents and the gradual action of inexorable law, of all this and something else, too, a single flame which in every way obeys the laws that pertain to Fire itself, and yet is lit and put out from one moment to the next, and can never be relumed in the whole waste of time to come." —A.S. Byatt