Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sunday Poetry Post

Andi, Yoho National Park, Canada, 2005.

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"The place where you lose the trail is not necessarily the place where it ends."
- Tom Brown, Jr.

"It is a great art to saunter."
- Henry David Thoreau

"To find new things, take the path you took yesterday."
- John Burroughs

"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 freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like falling leaves."
- John Muir

"Thoughts come clearly while one walks."
- Thomas Mann

"Happy is the man [or woman - ed.] who has acquired the love of walking for its own sake!"
- W.J. Holland

"I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out until sundown: for going out, I found, was really going in."
- John Muir


  1. Starting the morning off quoting a bunch of environmentalists and conservationists, Andi? :)

    I highly rec a great documentary about the founders of Patagonia and REI called "180 Degrees South" for you and Jim. It's about their trip from the US to Patagonia in 1968 in a VW Bus by a guy who follows in their footsteps but while hitching a ride on a boat via Rapa Nui (Eastre Island) 25 years later.

    Paper Mills, Dams and greed are destroying the people, fish, waterways and beauty around the conservation area now. We even have US military "providing security" for these builders.

    One of the best quotes is, "Simplifying your life is one the hardest things to do, complicating it is one of the easiest.

    Off to the mimes.

  2. Heh, I'm glad you didn't include that Emerson quote, "Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." You have to wonder how many of those trails end with the trailblazer lying in a ditch full of brambles with a broken leg. :-P

    Figuring that "extra hour of sleep" thing doesn't apply with a baby in the house, I went to bed at 11:30 EDT and woke up at 6:30 EST. Mason woke up an hour later. Got a Daughter Dearest concert this afternoon, and Snippet is going to take Mason & spend a day with her mom, so it'll be kind of quiet tonight.

    Janet, I guess that's one upside of severe recession… the polluters scale back too.

    Well, that's about it here. Later!

  3. Actually the polluters pollute more. One way they get their contracts/gigs is by saying, "think of all the jobs it will create" or "bringing jobs to this area."

    Not in a recession. Priorities gone amuck is more like it. We have billions each month for the military complex. Think of all the jobs, schools, healthcare could have been paid off... but we'd rather use that money to kill. But it's helping kill off alot of wonderful things about our country, too.

    I'd like to see reform where red states do not get taxes from blue states. Kentucky, who continues to vote against their own needs an the needs of most humans, should not be getting money from Oregonians. Almost every red state, aside from Texas, actually takes more in federal taxes than it gives and they are the ones hollering about the government. No one said they were smart. But maybe if they were handed what they wanted they might learn how to be critical thinkers in generations to come.

    I just "love" listening to tea parties gripe about big government and the liberals and their socialism while they are sliding their food stamp cards down my line. Here, let me take those food stamps and your unemployment and your medicare out of your red pocket. Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps and get a job.

    But I don't because.... I'm not a Republican. However the hypocrisy is not lost on me by them.

  4. Hi Janet and Farf. Janet, Andi lets me take over on Sunday. Usually it's a pic and a poem, but today it was quotations.

  5. Radical :)

    I incorporated your pasta punctuation at work the other day with the bulk goods people, Jim. They "tagged" some of the old pumpkins with pasta and black-eyed peas wording. I classed it up by insisting on punctuation. :)

    Gourd Grafitti!

  6. "Gourd grafitti!"

    Janet, I can hear Charlie Brown saying it about something Linus has written on the Great Pumpkin.