maine morning

I’m near the window with coffee, and the usual early morning stuff that passes for thought.

– Raymond Carver


Shall I tell you the secret of the whole world? It is that we have only known the back of the world. We see everything from behind, and it looks brutal. Can’t you see that everything is stooping and hiding a face? If we could only get round in front.

– G. K. Chesterton

being here

“It is a strange and wonderful fact to be here, walking around in a body, to have a whole world within you and a world at your fingertips outside you. It is an immense privilege, and it is incredible that humans manage to forget the miracle of being here. Rilke said, ‘being here is so much,’ and it is uncanny how social reality can deaden and numb us so that the mystical wonder of our lives goes totally unnoticed. We are here. We are wildly and dangerously free.”

 – John O’Donohue

forest bathing with my niece