Every morning I walk like this around
the pond, thinking: if the doors of my heart
ever close, I am as good as dead.
— Mary Oliver, from Landscape
The greatest gift
of the garden
is the restoration
of the five senses.
— Hanna Rion
I got high on elementary things like the luminosity of the day and the smell of everything — mud, earth, humidity, the delicious smells of cellars and mold, grocers' shops.
— Saul Steinberg,
speaking of his childhood
Every language is an old growth forest of the mind, a watershed of thought,
an ecosystem of spiritual possibilities.
— Dr. Wade Davies
And this our life, exempt from public haunt,
Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in everything.
— William Shakespeare, As You Like It
Spirit of Place ...genius loci
Place is never neutral. It makes you who you are.
"Here I'll stay
for the rains.
Here, for the summer and winter."