Though Winter has waned this year, I still feel the spirit and pull of its cold, vast embrace. The wonderful bliss of chilled death gripping the land, the heat retreating, becoming a luxury to be sought and not fought. I Watch It Burn.
QUOTES I ADMIRE "A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain." - from the Wilderness Act, 1964
"I owe my solitude to other people." - ALAN WATTS
“I think I could turn and live with the animals, they are so placid and self contained; I stand and look at them long and long. They do not sweat and whine about their condition; They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins; They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God; Not one is dissatisfied-not one is demented with the mania of owning things; Not one kneels to another, nor his kind that lived thousands of years ago; Not one is responsible or industrious over the whole earth.” ― Walt Whitman
"In the ancient world, people placed heavy stones on the graves of the dead so their souls would not wander and inflict the living. I always thought this was simply the practice of superstitious and primitive people. But I was about to learn that the dead can hover on the edge of our vision with the density and luminosity of mist, and their claim on the earth can be as legitimate and tenacious as our own."
- Dave Robicheaux (In The Electric Mist With Confederate Dead)