Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. Henry James I’m sitting in the waiting room at the optometrist’s office, on a relatively warm afternoon (it’s maybe 30C / 86 F) and a woman asks me how I like the heat. ”I love it! How
“Sometimes since I've been in the garden I've looked up through the trees at the sky and I have had a strange feeling of being happy as if something was pushing and drawing in my chest and making me breathe fast. Magic is always pushing and drawing and making things out of nothing. Everything is
Gardens are not made by singing 'Oh, how beautiful,' and sitting in the shade. Rudyard Kipling I lift my bucket of gardening paraphernalia from the back of my car and head for the jungle that is my garden, happy for the gift of solitude, and thankful for the cooler day in which to work. My first
Over the course of the millennia, all these multitudes of ancestors, generation upon generation, have come down to this moment in time—to give birth to you. There has never been, nor will ever be, another like you. You have been given a tremendous responsibility. You carry the hopes and dreams of all those who have
Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet. Roger Miller The garden is happy on this cool and wet morning. It will be happier (as will I) when the heat returns in a few days. I’m anticipating great growth—in both of us. For now, simple gratitude for what is.
It is so small a thing to have enjoyed the sun, to have lived light in the spring, to have loved, to have thought, to have done. Matthew Arnold It turns out to be the kind of day I once dreamed about when I was sitting in meetings and, in between meetings, responding to emails
As our lives speed up more and more, so do our children's. We forget and thus they forget that there is nothing more important than the present moment. We forget and thus they forget to relax, to find spiritual solitude, to let go of the past, to quiet ambition, to fully enjoy the eating of