Tag Archives: Words

Borrowed Words (3): KINDNESS

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.  In tough times of winter and darkness, cold and wind and discouragement, borrowed words have brought me (and … Continue reading

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Borrowed Words (2)

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 Northampton has meant enclosure in the house, trapped by unrelenting cold and snow, and enclosure … Continue reading

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HOW WE REPINE — OR SING

“Each bird sings the song its beak allows.”                                              Mère Tarsisius This piece of wisdom has long been an … 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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Sailing on a Ship of Thought

We’re all familiar with the phrase, a “train of thought.” To follow our thoughts wherever they lead, without worrying about consistency or logic. That’s what I found myself doing this morning when I was brushing my teeth, but — considering … Continue reading

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Real Or — Something Else?

“Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced — even a proverb is no proverb to you until your life has illustrated it.” John Keats What exactly does Keats mean by this? Or perhaps, in what sense does he mean … Continue reading

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Words to Split the Rock —

A Sort of a Song Let the snake wait under his weed and the writing be of words, slow and quick, sharp to strike, quiet to wait, sleepless. —through metaphor to reconcile the people and the stones. Compose. (No ideas … Continue reading

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