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In the garden

The Garden Window
The Garden Window

I may enter a zone of transcendence, in which I marvel at all the accidents of fate, since the beginning of life on earth, that led to my genes being created and my standing in this particular garden in a contemplative and imagining mind.  I’ve been reading recently how reflection evolved.  What a fascinating solution to the rigors of survival …  how amazing that a few basic ingredients — the same ones that form the mountains, plants, and rivers — when arranged differently and stressed could result in us.

More and more of late, I find myself standing outside of life, with a sense of the human saga laid out before me.  It is a private vision, balanced between youth and old age, a vision in which I understand how caught up in striving we humans get, and a little of why, and how difficult it is even to recognize, since it feels integral to our nature and is, but I find it interesting that, according to many religions, life begins and ends in a garden.

~ Diane Ackerman, Cultivating Delight: A Natural History of My Garden

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A trip to the well

Can you guess where I went on my latest adventure?
Can you guess where I went on my latest adventure?

Today you will say things you can predict and other things you could never imagine this minute.  Don’t reject them, let them come through when they’re ready, don’t think you can plan it all out.  This day will never, no matter how long you live, happen again.  It is exquisitely singular.  It will never again be exactly repeated.

~ Naomi Shihab Nye

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Parhelion

First look
One sun dog

Sun dog, the phenomena of false suns which sometimes attend or dog the true when seen through a mist (parhelions).  In Norfolk, a ‘sun-dog’ is a light spot near the sun, and ‘water-dogs’ are light watery clouds; ‘dog’ here is no doubt the same word as ‘dag,’ dew or mist, as “a little ‘dag’ of rain.”  In Cornwall, the fragment of a rainbow formed on a rain-cloud just above the horizon is called a ‘weather-dog.’

~ Abram Smythe Palmer, Folk-etymology: A Dictionary of Verbal Corruptions or Words Perverted in Form or Meaning, 1882

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