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" One could abandon writing for the slow-burning signals of the great, to be, instead, their ideal reader, ruminative, voracious. Making love of the masterpieces superior to attempting to repeat or outdo them. And be the greatest reader in the world." {Derek Walcott} Elevating thought. Seeking beauty. Lost in the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2019 at Nestled In Quietude
" The afternoon was perfect. In the woody hollows of the park there was a faint chill... the path wound across the meadow... then dipped into a lane plumed with asters, whence, through the light quiver of ash leaves, the country unrolled itself in pastoral distance... now and then looking... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2019 at Nestled In Quietude
" It is not that we have a short space of time, but that we waste much of it. Life is long enough, and it has been given in sufficiently generous measure to allow the accomplishment of the very greatest things if the whole of it is well invested..." {Seneca} Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2019 at Nestled In Quietude
With the much anticipated arrival of October, I begin my annual reading of Dracula. A novel that always terrifies, entrances, sends shivers down my spine. With each new re-reading, I fall deeper in love with this novel and all it's goose-bump delight. My favorite memories are listening to the audiobook... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2019 at Nestled In Quietude
A month of lingering long between the pages of the classics, chasing the late summer light, stargazing on our evening walks, weekend mornings spent reading by the crackle of the fire, morning walks watching with patience and anticipation the slow turn of the leaves... a month of deep satisfaction and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2019 at Nestled In Quietude
" Now that I've touched - I know What quivers and smolders and glows on this silken sleeve of the autumn's gown within the deep green core of this becoming day." {unknown} Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2019 at Nestled In Quietude
" We return to the house and take up Plutarch or Augustine, and read a few sentences or pages, and lo! the air swims with life; the front of heaven is full of fiery shapes; secrets of magnanimity and grandeur invite us on every hand; life is made up of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2019 at Nestled In Quietude
" The crispness that hovers in the air. Preparation for what's to come. I feel very prolific in Autumn. I've often compared myself to the sugar maple tree: I play all spring and summer, then come fall, I am at my most creative: My sweetest syrup flows freely into bucket... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2019 at Nestled In Quietude
~ I walked enchanted ~ hushed & still ~ soft moonlight of my dream ~ a certain stillness, a dear tranquility ~ mists of autumn ~ I breathe the air of England as I read ~ color and scent & sound, rain and the lapping of water ~ a little... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2019 at Nestled In Quietude
these late summer days... cooler mornings, dusk settling in earlier. this light... all is golden subdued with a slight haze. a slow pirouette into autumn. Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2019 at Nestled In Quietude
~ rooted as deeply as ever in her heart ~ grandly calm, immovable power ~ independence of thought ~ without a moment's hesitation ~ little delicate attentions ~ uncommon hours ~ clarity of attention ~ dress fluttering in the air ~ brook bubbling cold ~ time had flowed on ~... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2019 at Nestled In Quietude
" Only an unfathomable sense of peace and quiet and remoteness, soared above mere content to become delight, never to be forgotten, fit to be celebrated in something better than this prose, an hour of poetry." {J.B. Priestly} late summer evening walk with my girl. this light. this moment. this... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2019 at Nestled In Quietude
~ a poet of her world ~ a writer inventing her world as she moves through it ~ intimate as a lover's whisper, honest & true ~ in precise and passionate language of near-poetic density ~ so clearly treasures the life she engraves on our hearts ~ kinship of words... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2019 at Nestled In Quietude
Ever so slowly.... feeling the whisper of autumn lingering in the morning air... a sensation that quickens my pulse, raises a fluttering in my heart... a long, luxurious breath of relief. Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2019 at Nestled In Quietude
" But in reading great literature, I become a thousand men and yet remain myself. Like the night sky in the Greek poem, I see with myriad eyes, but it is still I who see. Here, as in worship, in love, in moral action, and in knowing, I transcend myself;... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2019 at Nestled In Quietude
" O, the solemn woods over which the light and shadow travelled swiftly, as if Heavenly wings were sweeping on benevolent errands, through the summer air; the smooth green slopes, the glittering water, the garden where flowers were so symmetrically arranged in clusters of the richest colors, how beautiful they... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2019 at Nestled In Quietude
" The pleasantest manner of spending a hot July day was lying, from morning till evening on a bank of heath in the middle of the moors, with the bees humming dreamily about among the bloom, and the larks singing high up overhead, and the blue sky and the bright... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2019 at Nestled In Quietude
" For quiet, sensitive souls, solitude is the golden thread that unites us with our inner world... we need quiet to connect the dots in our constellations of thought." ~ Michaela Chung Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2019 at Nestled In Quietude
" On this morning the weather was of that voluptuous vernal kind, which calls forth all latent romance of a man's temperament, filling his mind with music, and disposing him to quote poetry and dream of beauty." ~ Washington Irving Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2019 at Nestled In Quietude
~ abundance beckons ~ late afternoon light ~ blossom into something beautiful ~ soulful & productive ~ twinkle, winkle, periwinkle ~ intentionally ~ learning to listen ~ morning goes slowly by ~ world-wide awake ~ your inner-light ~ twirl and dance ~ gathering ~ vault of heaven ~ entrancing, enrapturing,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2019 at Nestled In Quietude
" A very sweet light is spreading over the earth like perfume. The moon is slowly dissolving and a boy-sun languidly stretches his translucent arms... Cool murmurings of pure waters that surrender themselves to the hillsides. A pair of wings dances in the rosy atmosphere. Silence is my friend. The... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2019 at Nestled In Quietude
~ sun-lit forest deepened into the darkest, richest hues of hunter, olive and pine ~ in the eerie stillness with only slivers of silver from the moon ~ wandering with purpose, excited, free, expectant ~ in the viridian forests of her feelings ~ there is wonder, mysteriously waiting to be... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2019 at Nestled In Quietude
"... everywhere birds building, flowers budding, leaves thrusting - everything happy, and progressive and occupied." ~ Kenneth Grahame {the wind in the willows} I can think of nothing more enjoyable than walking while listening to The Wind in the Willows narrated by Jim Weiss. This annual listening ritual is one... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2019 at Nestled In Quietude
~ some moments set my heart on fire, and that's when language seems the smallest ~ budding trees sweeten the air with their exhalations ~ stippled with moonlight ~ my lodestar; the pinpoint of light which I charted my path ~ light everlasting ~ something else, too, was pressing to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2019 at Nestled In Quietude
Hi Grace, I haven't read anything by Stanley Kunitz (this quote has been pasted in my discovery journal for many years). You've definitely sparked my interest in seeking out his writings, I'm sure I will fall in love...thank you! Have a great day, ~ April