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" All had folded itself quietly about her, as, after a flight through sunshine the wings of a bird fold themselves quietly and the blue of its plumage changes from bright steel to soft purple. ...She had stood there silent for there was nothing to be said." {Virginia Woolf} Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2020 at Nestled In Quietude
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" Of an artistic temperament, I deny that I am; yet I must possess something of the artist's faculty in making the most of present pleasure." {Villette} Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2020 at Nestled In Quietude
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"An early morning walk is a blessing for the day." {Henry David Thoreau} Oh, for the many blessings of this path I wander along every morning. Walking as the mist settles, the air holding such vitality... my breath deepens, my heart softens. I can walk for hours, just being, just... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2020 at Nestled In Quietude
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" And these words were, to me, as the notes of bells, the sounds of musical instruments, the noise of wind, sea, and rain, the rattle of milk carts, the clopping of hooves on cobbles, the fingering of branches on a window-pane... I cared for the shapes and sound that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2020 at Nestled In Quietude
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" ...in an element of joy which filled every nerve of her body fully and sweetly, not noisily, solemnly rather, for it arose, she thought in this profound stillness." {Virginia Woolf} Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2020 at Nestled In Quietude
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" One wanted, she thought, dipping her brush deliberately, to be on a level with ordinary experience, to feel simply that's a chair, that's a table, and yet at the same time, it's a miracle, it's an ecstasy." {Virginia Woolf} Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2020 at Nestled In Quietude
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" For a moment she rediscovered the purpose of her life. She was here on this earth to grasp the meaning of its wild enchantment and to call each thing by its right name." {Boris Pasternak} Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2020 at Nestled In Quietude
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" What sort of diary should I like mine to be? Something loose knit and yet not slovenly, so elastic that it will embrace anything, solemn, slight or beautiful that comes to my mind. I should like it to resemble some deep old desk, or capacious hold-all, in which one... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2020 at Nestled In Quietude
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:: waves of honeyed light :: Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2020 at Nestled In Quietude
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" the world is incomprehensibly beautiful - an endless prospect of magic and wonder..." {Ansel Adams} Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2020 at Nestled In Quietude
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" ...but part of becoming yourself, in a deeply spiritual way, is finding the words to tell the truth about what it is you really love... ...it's about "letting the soft animal of your body love what it loves." {Shauna Niequist} finding the words in the quiet space of the... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2020 at Nestled In Quietude
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" All through your life, the most precious experiences seem to vanish. You look behind and see no sign even of a yesterday that was so intense. Yet in truth nothing was lost... This is the art of the soul: to harvest your deeper life from all your seasons of... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2020 at Nestled In Quietude
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" There was only-spring itself; the throb of it, the light restlessness, the vital essence everywhere: in the sky, in the swift clouds, in the pale sunshine, and in the warm, high wind - rising suddenly, sinking suddenly, impulsive and playful." {My Antonia} Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2020 at Nestled In Quietude
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" A book can also be where one finds oneself; and when a reader is grasped by and held by a book, reading does not feel like an escape from life so much as it feels like an urgent, crucial dimension of life itself." {Rebecca Mead - My Life in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2020 at Nestled In Quietude
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:: they were jewels, these moments... :: Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2020 at Nestled In Quietude
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~ music of the languid hours ~ swift as the breath of wind ~ he lifted up his voice in sweet song ~ beauteous eyes are wondrous ~ let thy heart and mind endure to listen ~ cast sweet sleep upon her eyelids ~ a fresh west wind, singing over... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2020 at Nestled In Quietude
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" I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today... I can choose which it shall be." {Groucho Marx} Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2020 at Nestled In Quietude
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" She looked at the steady light...watching it with fascination, hypnotized, as if it were stroking with its silver fingers some sealed vessel in her brain whose bursting would flood her with delight, she had known happiness, exquisite happiness, intense happiness, and it silvered the rough waves a little more... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2020 at Nestled In Quietude
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" But slowly, steadily, light grows in strength, and there comes a day when it finds the nooks and crannies of the fields, sneaking in between tree trunks and delving into shadowy recesses in byre and croft house. And suddenly a golden glow filters deep through retinas into minds, so... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2020 at Nestled In Quietude
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" The beginning is always today " {Mary Wollstonecraft} Good morning dear friends, how are you? As I sit here typing this, I'm feeling immense gratitude for today. This past month has left me depleted, feeling slightly anxious and simply frazzled. It's been the fullest, fragmented month I've experienced in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2020 at Nestled In Quietude
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" I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape - the loneliness of it; the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn't show." {Andrew Wyeth} Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2020 at Nestled In Quietude
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" We all must navigate through endless possibilities of being and overcome countless temptations to become any person but one that reflects the givenness of our being and the possibilities of our becoming." { Karen Swallow Prior } Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2020 at Nestled In Quietude
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" What is divinity if it can come Only in silent shadows and in dreams? Shall she not find in comforts of the sun, In pungent fruit and bright green wings or else In any balm or beauty of the earth, Things to be cherished like the thought of heaven?... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2020 at Nestled In Quietude
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'Tis winter and I love to read indoors; When the moon hangs her crescent upon high; While on the window shutters the wind roars, and storms like furies pass remorseless by. How pleasant on a feather-bed to be, or sitting by the fire, in fancy soar with Dante or with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2020 at Nestled In Quietude
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~ its newly risen crescent, attesting the hour of eventide ~ fed our eager attentions with passages of love and adventure ~ with ceaseless rain sweeping away wildly before a long and lamentable blast ~ the hour of eventide ~ appearance should not be mistaken for truth ~ my soul... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2020 at Nestled In Quietude