1. I should ask that …. each child in the world be [given] a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life.
    — Rachel Carson
  2. Winter Thanks

    Winter Thanks

    This endless winter cold is making me very grateful for all the technology, food and activities that keep me warm. I am grudgingly grateful, but grateful none the less for our gas fireplace, electric stove, and lovely hot water. This poem sums it up.

    Winter Thanks

    by Marcus Jackson

    To the furnace—tall, steel rectangle
    containing a flawless flame.
    To heat

    gliding through ducts, our babies

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  3. I like to use the word “isumataq.’ It’s of eastern [Inuit] dialect and refers to the storyteller, meaning ‘the person who creates the atmosphere in which wisdom reveals itself.’ I think that’s the writer’s job. It’s not to be brilliant, or to be the person who always knows, but…to be the one who recognizes the patterns that remind us of our obligations and our dreams.
    — Barry Lopez
  4. It is the tenderness that breaks our hearts. The loveliness that leaves us stranded on the shore, watching the boats sail away. It is the sweetness that makes us want to reach out and touch the soft skin of another person. And it is the grace that comes to us, undeserving though we may be.
    — Robert Goolrick from The End of the World as We Know It
  5. We know so very little about this strange planet we live on, this haunted world where all answers lead only to more mystery.-
    — Edward Abbey from Desert Solitaire
  6. Winter’s Harsh Beauty

    For the UU Spiritual Practices blog I curate for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Durham, where I am the Consulting Minister, I spend some time each week reading and watching and listening to meditations. A few weeks ago, I found this…

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  7. The day misspent,
    the love misplaced,
    has inside it
    the seed of redemption.
    Nothing is exempt
    from resurrection.
    — Kay Ryan excerpt from “Waste”
  8. I’ve dreamt in my life dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they’ve gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the colour of my mind.
    — Emily Bronte
  9. We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives… not looking for flaws, but for potential.
    — Ellen Goodman
  10. Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.
    — Hal Borland
  11. Winter solitude…Waterloo, like much of southern Ontario, is grey, icy, and quiet after the big storm and power…View Post

    Winter solitude…

    Waterloo, like much of southern Ontario, is grey, icy, and quiet after the big storm and power…

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  12. I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.
    — Sylvia Plath
  13. Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.
    — Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
  14. There are in life a few moments so beautiful, that even words are a sort of profanity.
    — Diana Palmer
  15. I love money. I love everything about it. I bought some pretty good stuff. Got me a $300 pair of socks. Got a fur sink. An electric dog polisher. A gasoline powered turtleneck sweater. And, of course, I bought some dumb stuff, too.
    — Steve Martin