What a pleasant group, perfect setting and valued opportunity it was!
Thank you, Tom, for sharing your precious weekend with us.
Thanks for opening our hearts to garden, spiritual and personal insights.
We listened to the sound of your voice reading from Oliver, Berry and Collins:
poetry of nature, the sacred, and the ordinary.
We experienced your garden's spiritual symbols and design elements.
We learned to pay attention, to slow down, to follow our own metaphors.
Finally, we shared a most personal journey to the Grand Canyon
and this mother was deeply touched and forever changed.
Tom seems to be reminding us to "pay attention"
Tom's recommended reading:
Mary Oliver: New and Selected Poems
Wendell Berry: A Timbered Choir
Billy Collins: Sailing Alone Around the Room
Matthew Fox: Original Blessing
Thomas Berry, Ecologian
Haiku translations by R. H. Blyth
Lynda Sexton: Ordinarily Sacred
Black Elk: The Sacred Pipe
Julie Messervy: The Inward Garden
Beds and Borders (available on the Internet)
Stephen Mitchell: The Story of Job
"the spiritual is really about our everyday life" ...Tom
[Poets are] men stepping on clouds, snaring a world of beauty from the trees and sky, half wild,
— Dylan Thomas