Posted in Autumn, Books, Dreams, Earth, Eastern Shore, Exploring, Fire, Mindfulness, Nature, Photography, Portals & Pathways, Quotes, Spirit, Walking & Wandering, Water, Wonder, Woods

Of fairy tales and poems

A fairy tale sunset
A fairy tale sunset

Once up on a time, they say, there was a girl . . . there was a boy . . . there was a person who was in trouble.  And this is what she did . . . and what he did . . . and how they learned to survive it.  This is what they did . . . and why one failed . . . and why another triumphed in the end.  And I know that it’s true, because I danced at their wedding and drank their very best wine.

~ Terri Windling

Continue reading “Of fairy tales and poems”

Posted in Autumn, Earth, Eastern Shore, Food, Home, Mindfulness, Nature, Photography, Recipes, Spirit, Walking & Wandering, Water

Cooking in the new kitchen

Iced wax myrtle
Iced wax myrtle

Some sensible person once remarked that you spend the whole of your life either in your bed or in your shoes.  Having done the best you can by shoes and bed, devote all the time and resources at your disposal to the building up of a fine kitchen.  It will be, as it should be, the most comforting and comfortable room in the house.

~ Elizabeth David (1913-1992), “French Country Cooking”

Continue reading “Cooking in the new kitchen”

Posted in Air, Autumn, Earth, Eastern Shore, Exploring, Fire, Mindfulness, Nature, Photography, Quotes, Spirit, Walking & Wandering, Water, Wonder

In the thickets of life

Mockingbird in the thick of it
Mockingbird in the thick of it

thicket

The word thicket is ancient, little changed in sound or spelling from the Old English thiccet, meaning “thick place.”  So, thicket is a dense growth of vines, canes, succulents, shrubbery, small trees, impenetrably tangled, almost impassable.  Thicket is often a transitional phase of plant succession, between scrub and woodland.  It can also be a permanent feature, such as Big Thicket National Preserve in Texas.

~ Charles Frazier, Home Ground:  Language for an American Landscape

Continue reading “In the thickets of life”