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O give me before I dieThe grace to seeWith eternal, ultimate eyeThe Bird and the Tree. The song in the living green,The Tree and the Bird —O have they ever been seen,Ever been heard? -Ruth Pitter

outbound

Psalm 84 Blessed is the human who finds his strength in you: highways are in his heart. {← I like to read, ‘in his heart, he knows the way home.’} This is a large land spread underneath the placid oars of light, outrowing – the furthest range is faint and almost bodiless, just the remote…

old news

Can I not everywhere gaze upon the mirror of the sun and stars? Can I not everywhere under heaven mirror forth the most precious truths …? -Dante ‘Dante Alighieri and four other[s] … were summoned to appear before the Podesta, on charges of fraud and corruption while in office, and of conspiracy against the Pope,…

because, truth (ii)

‘I think it it’s so awful that we have not spoken up and said that this is absolutely unacceptable. There are things worse than death. I think we’ve forgotten. They’re absolutely much worse than death, and loss of who we are as, as human beings is worse than death.’ Dr. Vinay Prasad, associate professor of…

Viktor Frankl, and the life of a forest

‘[T]here is no form of progress on which we can trustingly rely … inner progress is only actually possible for each individual, while mass progress at most consists of technical progress, which only impresses us because we live in a technical age. … How unconditionally do we have to believe in the meaning and value…

love that lasts

I’ve been reading Loren Eiseley (anthropologist, author) this evening and trying to organise some impressions from this year’s upheavals. Eiseley’s writing is like fingerprints on glass. His thoughts are so distinctly, uniquely ridged, and so misty-invisible. At one point he describes a junkman with a ‘broken old horse’ and a cart of discarded things. Then-sixteen-year-old…

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