Category Archives: quotations and poetry

Little daily miracles

I read a lot this summer.  I re-read some, too.  One book I picked up again for the first time in years was To the Lighthouse.  It was my copy from college, and I loved seeing the underlining.  So many passages jumped out at me, then and now. To be silent; to be alone. All […]

One spectacle grander than the sky

There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul. ~Victor Hugo Another quote I found on the gorgeous Barnstorming, which is a daily read for me.

did you get what you wanted from this life?

And did you get what you wanted from this life, even so? I did. And what did you want? To call myself beloved, to feel myself beloved on the earth. -Raymond Carver, Late Fragment

Softly, calmly, immensity taps at your life

Tree It is foolish to let a young redwood grow next to a house. Even in this one lifetime, you will have to choose. That great calm being, this clutter of soup pots and books– Already the first branch-tips brush at the window. Softly, calmly, immensity taps at your life. – Jane Hirshfield

no further away than the ground beneath my feet.

Time after time I realized that everything I want or need – the living truth of life, love, beauty, purpose, and peace – is taught to me right here, no further away than the ground beneath my feet. – Karen Maezen Miller, Paradise in Plain Sight

wreck your heart in prayer

There are two kinds of nun, out of the cloister or in. You can serve or you can sing, and wreck your heart in prayer, working the world’s hard work. – Annie Dillard, Holy the Firm

Is this contributing to my wholeness?

I actually attack the concept of happiness. The idea that—I don’t mind people being happy—but the idea that everything we do is part of the pursuit of happiness seems to me a really dangerous idea and has led to a contemporary disease in Western society, which is fear of sadness. It’s a really odd thing […]

I confide my secret

So to you, Friend, I confide my secret: to be a discoverer you hold close whatever you find, and after a while you decide what it is.  Then, secure in what you have been, you turn to the open sea and let go. – William Stafford Thank you to Claudia Cummins for pointing me in […]

just because you have to look for it doesn’t mean it’s not there

…it’s easy to forget that the ordinary is just the extraordinary that’s happened over and over again. Sometimes the beauty of your life is apparent. Sometimes you have to go looking for it. And just because you have to look for it doesn’t mean it’s not there. God, grant me the grace of a normal […]

this, right here, right now, is our life.

But I do know this.  I have a great life partner in Sheryl, and whatever happens as I move forward, it will be fun.  And as Madonna said, “I won’t let success fuck up my fun,” because I put less and less value on success.  It’s the process that counts.  it’s the people I get […]