Quote of the Week, Perhaps a Bit Longer

"The biological community is a vast and complicated system for sharing and distributing the energy of the sun among a diversity of life forms." ~Martson Bates


04/24/2014: "The biological community is a vast and complicated system  for sharing and distributing the energy of the sun among a diversity of life forms." ~Martson Bates

01/07/2013: "Be as I am--a reluctant enthusiast...a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it." ~Edward Abby

01/20/2012: "The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd.  The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before." ~ Albert Einstein

12/11/2011: "Maybe some women aren't meant to be tamed. Maybe they are supposed to run wild until they find someone just as wild to run with." ~Carrie Bradshaw

11/14/2011: "The adventure, the conquest of an unknown country, the struggle against the impossible, all have a fascination which draws me with irresistible force." ~Sven Anders Hedin

9/7/2011: "These trees [coast redwoods] can teach us how we can live.  We can be hammered and burned, and we can come back and be more beautiful as we grow." ~ Steve Sillett

5/6/2011: "I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult." -E. B. White

4/25/2011: "My mind, I know, I can prove, hovers on hummingbird wings.  It hovers and it churns.  And when it's operating at full thrust, the churning does not stop." ~Dave Eggers

3/31/2011: "It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold:  when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade."  ~Charles Dickens

3/23/2011: "Some of nature's most exquisite handiwork is on a miniature scale, as anyone knows who has applied a magnifying glass to a snowflake." ~Rachel Carson

3/12/2011 in celebration of his Birthday on Monday 3/14: "A human being is a part of a whole, called by us _universe_, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty." ~Einstein

10/26/2010: "the quaking aspens, always so vibrant with light and motion, forever restless, always whispering, in tune like ballerinas to the music of the air." ~Edward Abbey

09/20/2010: "A journey is a person in itself, no two are alike. We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip, a trip takes us." ~John Steinbeck

05/22/2010: "There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore. There is society where none intrudes...I love not man the less, but Nature more." ~Lord Byron

04/26/2010: "Summer will come with Al Green and sweetened ice tea. Summer will come and be all green with the sweetness of thee." ~Clem Snide

03/07/2010: "Life itself is the proper binge!" ~Julia Child

01/31/2010: "Man should not have to work for the achievement of the necessities of life to such an extent that he has neither time nor strength for personal activities." ~ Einstein

11/09/2009: "Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain." ~ Thoreau

11/02/2009: "I believe that a simple and unassuming life is good for everybody, physically and mentally." ~Albert Einstein

10/26/2009: "It was an impressive sight, something I wanted to clip out with scissors and pin to the wall of my memory." ~Haruki Murakami

10/20/2009: "A few minutes ago every tree was excited, bowing to the roaring storm, waving, swirling, tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm like worship. But though to the outer ear these trees are now silent, their songs never cease. " ~John Muir

09/28/2009: "The sky was a brilliant splash of colors. The kind of air that felt like if you breathed it in, your lungs would be dyed the same shade of blue." ~Murakami

09/14/2009: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~Mark Twain

08/31/2009: "Only spread a fern frond over a man's head and worldly cares are cast out, and freedom and beauty and peace come in." ~John Muir

08/23/2009: "The wind has its reasons. We just don't notice as we go about our lives." ~Haruki Murakami

08/02/2009: "Like a night without starlight, so is a life without love."

07/19/2009: "Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it." ~Russell Baker

07/13/2009: "Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you." ~Frank Lloyd Wright

07/05/2009: "Keep your sense of proportion by regularly, preferably daily, visiting the natural world." ~Catlin Matthews

06/15/2009: "Don't Compromise yourself. You are all you've got" ~ Janis Joplin

06/15/2009: “May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds." ~Edward Abbey

06/07/2009: "In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." ~John Muir

06/01/2009: "Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you." ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

05/24/2009: "The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful." ~ E.E. Cummings

05/18/2009:"I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright." ~Henry David Thoreau

05/04/2009: "The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do." ~Galileo

04/27/2009: "Those who dwell, as scientists or laymen, among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life." ~Rachel Carson

04/20/2009: “Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So... get on your way.” ~Dr. Seuss

04/13/2009: “The desert is clearly telling us something, communicating something, but how can we understand it?” ~Ryszard Kapuscinski

04/06/2009: “Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star...” ~John Muir

03/30/2009: “Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” ~Rachel Carson

03/23/2009: “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you... while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” ~John Muir

03/16/2009: “To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug.” ~Helen Keller

03/08/2009: “Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” ~ Shel Silverstein

"The next nearest neighbor lives miles away I'll never have to mow the lawn...right on" ~Mason Jennings

02/23/2009: “The greatest delight which the fields and woods minister, is the suggestion of an occult relation between man and the vegetable. I am not alone and unacknowledged. They nod to me, and I to them.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Not the sun or summer alone, but every hour and season yields its tribute of delight; for every hour and change corresponds to and authorizes a different state of mind, from breathless noon to grimmest midnight.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

02/08/2009: “The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

02/02/2009: "A journey is like a marriage. The certain way to go wrong is to think you can control it" - Steinbeck

"In that time all was peace, friendship, and harmony; the heavy curve of the plowshare had not yet dared to open or violate the merciful womb of our first mother, for she, without being forced, offered up whatever would satisfy, sustain, and delight the children who possessed her." ~Don Quixote, Cervantes