Category Archives: quotes and excerpts

Bee Still

Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don’t they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers. — Ray Bradbury, Introduction to Dandelion Wine (1957) Setting down my carving knife, I marveled at … Continue reading

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Busting Out

  I want to say there is nothing like the sudden opening of wood, but it is like so many other things — Billy Collins, Splitting Wood A few days ago I split a cherry log into rough blanks for … Continue reading

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Bird Inspiration

The birds are singing in the rain about the small pond in front, the inquisitive chickadee that has flown at once to the alders to reconnoitre us, the blackbirds, the song sparrow, telling of expanding buds. Henry David Thoreau, journal … Continue reading

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Pre-Fest in the Pinewoods

Ah, dear nature, the mere remembrance, after a short forgetfulness, of the pine woods!  I come to it as a hungry man to a crust of bread. — Henry David Thoreau, Journal Entry, 1851 Less than three weeks now until … Continue reading

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Convergence

Each life converges to some centre Expressed or still; Exists in every human nature A goal, Admitted scarcely to itself, it may be, Too fair For credibility’s temerity To dare. — Emily Dickinson, from Each Life Converges to some Centre … Continue reading

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Transferred Touch

Things men have made with wakened hands are awake through years with transferred touch, and go on glowing for long years. And for this reason, some old things are lovely warm still with the life of forgotten men who made … Continue reading

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Spring Snow and Wood Storage

A book that I return to often is The Heart of Thoreau’s Journals edited by Odell Shepard.  One interesting aspect is comparing Thoreau’s notes for a particular time of year to my own observances; his March to my March. Thoreau … Continue reading

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