Je suis un Homme du Nord - "a man of the north" - a voyageur. The world is filled with endless small wonders to be actively sought each day. These are notes from Wolf Ridge ELC, a place of learning, teaching and great adventures.
He (Marilyn Manson) has a woman's name and wears make-up. How original.
The city of paper, which grows cell by cell during the summer months, is left empty and deserted when winter comes. The host of its inhabitants, with the exception of a few hibernating queens, are slain by the cold. The story of the city and the story of the wasps, in the main, is the record of a single summer. From The Strange Lives of Familiar Insects By Edwin Teale
It seems to me that sanctuaries are akin to monasticism in the dark ages. The world was so wicked it was better to have islands of decency than none at all. Hence decent citizens retired to monasteries and convents. Once established these islands became an alibi for lack of private reform. People said: "We pay the bills for all this virtue. Let goodness stay where it belongs and not pester practical folks who have to run the world." ...The more monasteries or sanctuaries the grimmer the incongruity between inside and outside.
Now the strong wind blew straight into the drawing room. It shook the dust off the gauze around the chandelier, and it fanned the ashes in the porcelain stove. It flapped the decals that were pasted on the walls. One of them came off and was carried away.
The room was filled with a smell of night and firs, and Moomintroll thought: “Good. A family has to be ventilated at times.” He went out on the steps and stared out into the damp darkness.
“Now I’ve got everything,” Moomintroll said to himself. “I’ve got the whole year. Winter too. I’m the first Moomin to have lived through an entire year.”
'Therefore I say: Ea! Let these things Be! And I will send forth into the Void the Flame Imperishable, and it shall be at the heart of the World, and the World shall Be; and those of you that will go down into it.' And suddenly the Ainur saw afar off a light, as it were a cloud with a living heart of flame; and they knew that this was no vision only, but that Iluvatar had made a new thing: Ea, the World that Is. - From The Silmarillion By J.R.R. Tolkien
Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves.2And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white.3Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him.4Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”5While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!”6When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear.7But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Get up and do not be afraid.”8And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone.
The great hurrah about wild animals is that they exist at all, and the greater hurrah is the actual moment of seeing them. Because they have a nice dignity, and prefer to have nothing to do with me, not even as the simple objects of my vision. They show me by their very wariness what a prize it is simply to open my eyes and behold.
There came to a cobbler’s shop a philosopher with worn shoes. And the philosopher said to the cobbler, “ Please mend my shoes. ”
And the cobbler said, “ I am mending another man’s shoes now, and there are still other shoes to patch before I can come to yours. But leave your shoes here, and wear this other pair today, and come tomorrow for your own. ”
Then the philosopher was indignant, and he said, “ I wear no shoes that are not my own. ”
And the cobbler said, “ Well then, are you in truth a philosopher, and cannot enfold your feet with the shoes of another man? Upon this very street there is another cobbler who understands philosophers better than I do. Go you to him for mending. ”