One gardener's observations, discoveries and random thoughts whilst simultaneously worshipping and dallying in a Cape Cod garden. "A garden," said Ralph Waldo Emerson, "is like those pernicious machineries which catch a man's coatskirt or his hand, and draw in his arm, his leg and his whole body to irresistable destruction."

Be Joyful

This weekend, during the long and rambling course of the weekly Prairie Home Companion show, Garrison Keillor said,

Be joyful, though you have considered all the facts.”,

attributing the quote to Wendell Berry.

I like this. There are worse attitudes you could carry through your life. So now I’m wondering a little about the man who came up with this, and may have to mine the local library collection for a book or two of his.

Here’s another random quote of Berry I like:

We have lived by the assumption that what was good for us would be good for the world. We have been wrong. We must change our lives, so that it will be possible to live by the contrary assumption that what is good for the world will be good for us. . . We must recover the sense of the majesty of the creation and the ability to be worshipful in its presence. For it is only on the condition of humility and reverence before the world that our species will be able to remain in it.”

You can Wiki Berry here.

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