Tag Archives: Quotes

“Borrowed Words”

In Japanese landscape gardening the word shakkei means “borrowed view.” The designer “borrows,” or incorporates, any view beyond property borders, thereby visually enlarging his own property and landscape. This winter in New England is already legendary for its deep snows and brutal cold. It’s robbed energy and … Continue reading

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There are Two Kinds of People?

“There are, it has been said, two types of people in the world. There are those who say: this glass is half full. And then there are those who say: this glass is half empty. The world belongs, however, to … Continue reading

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In the Midst of Winter —

Friends who fled the wintry North for Florida sunshine want to know how it’s going back home. Here’s how it’s going: And here’s how we (try to) deal with it. We rub two words together until the sparks fly, until … Continue reading

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No “There” There?

Coming up dry for ideas, I had invited three improv challenges from blog viewers and received them in short order. My first two responses were On NOT Borrowing Trouble and Taking the Plunge. (As always, readers’ comments go beyond my posts … Continue reading

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Is This Post a Mistake?

“He who makes no mistakes makes no progress.” — Theodore Roosevelt Recent post The Hardest Thing posed the dilemma of crossing bridges or burning them, and the difficulty of choosing. In reply to a number of thoughtful comments and questions, I promised … Continue reading

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We Go Forth to Wonder —-

Men go forth to wonder at the heights of mountains,  the huge waves of the sea, the broad flow of the river, the vast compass of the ocean, the courses of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering.  — … Continue reading

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Error! Error!

(I must have been in some kind of late night stupor (NOT induced by beer) when I posted this on T2T instead of on its sister blog.  A new post — about a milder beverage altogether — will replace this … Continue reading

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In Praise of Doubt —

At the turn of the 16th into the 17th century, a considerably more leisurely time than ours, Sir Francis Bacon —  philosopher, statesman, essayist, writer, scientist — said this: If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in … Continue reading

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Taking Charge!

 An acute observation on the Human Comedy, by that prolific author, Unknown: Which way did they go? How fast were they going?? How many of them were there??? I must find them! I am their leader!!

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