Category Archives: quotations and poetry

the words with which I try to say what I see, think, or feel

Bless the notebook that I always carry in my pocket. And the pen. Bless the words with which I try to say what I see, think, or feel. With gratitude for the grace of the earth. The expected and the exception, both. For all the hours I have been given to be in this world. […]

the echo of a precarious faith

“…but behind each piece, animating every attempt, is the echo of a precarious faith, that we are more intimately bound to one another by our kindred doubts than our brave conclusions.” -Charles D’Ambrosio, Loitering Thank you again to my dearly beloved friend and kindred spirit, Lacy, for sending me this beautiful line.

Story People & words on holiday cards

I love Brian Andreas’ work and I have for a very long time.  We have two Story People prints hanging in our bathroom and one in each of Grace and Whit’s rooms.  I gave prints to each of my bridesmaids at our rehearsal dinner.  It’s impossible for me to read Brian’s pieces without my eyes […]

the intangible mysteries of life

One would be difficult, but the short stories of Flannery O’Connor landed hard on me. You could feel within them the unknowability of God, the intangible mysteries of life that confounded her characters, and which I find by my side every day. They contained the dark Gothicness of my childhood and yet made me feel […]

we are saying thank you and waving dark though it is

Listen with the night falling we are saying thank you we are stopping on the bridges to bow from the railings we are running out of the glass rooms with our mouths full of food to look at the sky and say thank you we are standing by the water thanking it smiling by the […]

Art, prayer, and the eye of the storm

I feel that art has something to do with the achievement of stillness in the midst of chaos. A stillness which characterizes prayer, too, and the eye of the storm. – Saul Bellow Another beautiful quote from Glenda Burgess’ gorgeous blog.

All the sadness of life

There would seem to be nothing more obvious, more tangible and palpable than the present moment. And yet it eludes us completely. All the sadness of life lies in that fact. – Milan Kundera Thank you to Mary Kathryn Countryman for reminding me of these marvelous lines.

what it is to be on earth

To me, poetry is somebody standing up, so to speak, and saying, with as little concealment as possible, what it is for him or her to be on earth at this moment. – Galway Kinnell Though I have long loved Kinnell’s poetry, I confess I thought he was maybe Irish, because somehow Galway sounds Irish […]

To honor our lives

To honor our dreams and to honor our loved ones and to honor our rituals and our lives is precisely what literature is endlessly trying to teach us. – Allan Gurganus Thank you to my friend Glenda Burgess, on whose beautiful blog I first found these perfect lines.

trust our heaviness

This is what the things can teach us: to fall, patiently to trust our heaviness. Even a bird has to do that before he can fly. ~Rilke I found this short passage on Jill’s beautiful blog, A Thousand Shades of Gray, which is a daily read for me.