Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Corner View - Earth Day (which is actually tomorrow!)

Yosemite, 2006

When despair for the world grows in me, and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be -- I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought or grief. I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light. For a time I rest in the grace of the world and am free.

-- Wendell Berry

Thanks to Joyce today, our host for Corner View. 


  1. I want to be in that photo, flushed cheek against a cold rock, trying to feel connected

    thank you , Elizabeth

  2. I am so grateful to live in a place where I can take such comfort from the outdoors. It is my healing balm.

  3. Exquisite and so apt, Elizabeth, especially the point about the author's fears for his children.

    Most parents have them, especially in this world, with all these hurdles.

  4. beautiful, Elizabeth! Happy Earthday

  5. I've never heard this before - thank you. I love this quote!

  6. I read recently about a local preschool that spends every moment outdoors (and it's a nice outdoors too - a forest) - they don't do anything inside at all. The waiting list is a long one. The natural world outdoors is a healing balm ... and for children it's a growing medium. For Sophie and her vast wide ocean ... it's both.



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