1. "It was a September evening and all the gaps and clearings in the woods where brimmed up with ruby sunset light. Here and the there the lane was splashed with it, but for the most part it was already white shadowy beneath the maples, and the spaces under the firs were fi,ed with a clear violet dusk like airy wine. The winds were out in their tops, and there is no sweeter music on earth than that which the wind makes in the fir trees at evening."

    "It was sunset when they passed through the White Sands and turned into the shore road. Beyond, the Avolnea hills came out darkly against the saffron sky. Behind them the moon was rising out of the sea that grew all radiant  and transfigured in her light. Every little cove along the curving road was a marvel of dancing ripples. The waves broke with the soft swish on the rocks below them, and the tang of the sea was in the strong, fresh air. 
    'Oh, but it's good to be alive and to be going home,' breathed Anne.”

    “‘I’ve had a splendid time,’ she concluded happily, ‘and I feel that it marks an epoch in my life. But the best of it all was the coming home.’”

    -Selections from: ANNE OF GREEN GABLES

     

  2. "Must we always teach our children with books? Let them look at the mountains and the stars up above. Let them look at the beauty of the waters and the trees and flowers on earth. They will begin to think, and to think is the beginning of real education."

    -David Polis, Environmentalist and Outdoor Educator

     

  3. "Before the missionaries came, my people used to sit outside their temples for a long time meditating and preparing themselves before entering. Then they would virtually creep to the alter to offer their petition and afterwards would again sit a long time outside, this time to ‘breathe life’ into their prayers. The Christians, when they came, just got up, uttered a few sentences, said Amen, and were done. For that reason my people called them haloes, ‘without breath,’ or those who failed to breathe life into their prayers."

    - Hawaiian Christian Mother, Alice Kaholusuna 

     

  4. "Poetry takes something that we know already and turns it into something new." -T.S. Elliot

     


  5. Walking on Water

    Due to an excessive amount of wisdom, inspiration and insight Madeleine L’Engle has shared with myself and the world, here’s a few quotes from her book, ‘Walking on Water’.

    "Artists have always been drawn to the wild, wide elements they cannot control or understand-the sea, the mountains, fire. To be an artist means to approach the light, and that means to let go our control, to allow our whole selves to be placed with absolute faith in what which is greater than we are. The novel we sit down to write, and the one we end up writing may be very different, just as the Jesus we grasp and the Jesus who grasps us may also differ. "

    "The moment of inspiration does not come to someone who lolls around expecting the gift to be free. It is no give-away. It is the pearl for which we have to pay a great price, the price of intense loneliness, the price of that vulnerability which often allows us to be hurt; the less readily understandable price of hurting those we love, even though in less radical ways that Gaugun’s."

    "I was at the annual meeting of a state library association a few years later, when the children were in the process of leaving the nest, and one of the librarians asked me, ‘What do you think you and Hugh have done which was best for your children?’ I answered immediately and without thinking, ‘We love each other.’"

    "And then there is time in which to be, simply to be, that time in which God quietly tells us who we are and who he wants us to be. It is then that God can take our emptiness and fill it up with what he wants, and drain away the business with which we inevitably get involved in the dailiness of human living."

     

  6. "One act of thanksgiving made when things go wrong is worth a thousand when things go well."

    -John of the Cross

     

  7. "The great artists keep us from frozenness, from smugness, from thinking that the truth is in us, rather than in God, in Christ our Lord. They help us to know that we are often closer to God in our doubts than in our certainties, that it is alright to be like the small child who constantly asks: Why? Why? Why?"

    -Madeleine L’Engle

     


  8. Feel free to follow some of my too-cool-for-school friends.

     

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  11. Read this book.

     

  12. raw.

     

  13. Just got back from Oregon, visiting from Eugene, Roseburg, along the Mckenzie river and Bend, and still I come back changed every time. This rings true in Oregon.

     

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