Posted in Art, Creating, Living, Poetry, Reading, tagged Living, Poetry, sacred, simplicity, summer, Wendell Berry on August 19, 2008|
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I’m back from a quiet, introspective summer interlude. I didn’t exactly mean to take a vacation from blogging, but books, a much-needed rest, and time shared with family and friends have filled our days.
I’ve been reading, for example, Wendell Berry’s collection, Given:
The exquisite poem “How to Be a Poet (to remind myself)” is included in this book. In it Berry says:
There are no unsacred places;
there are only sacred places
and desecrated places.
I think the poet speaks wisdom.
Certain concepts, no doubt influenced by my reading, are on my mind this summer: respect for life, natural rhythms, found beauty, ritual…. I want to live with intention, but also freedom; with words, but also people; with simplicity, but also richness. I want my home, my life, my interaction with others, this blog, to be a sacred space.
What are you thinking of this summer?
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Posted in Living, tagged home, simplicity, white, wood on July 9, 2008|
The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life. – Robert Louis Stevenson
Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful. – William Morris
It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all. – Laura Ingalls Wilder (Little House in the Ozarks by Hines)
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