Shop Girls

June 14, 2014

june 2014-miavisits-06 (1 of 1)“Thomas Merton wrote, “there is always a temptation to diddle around in the contemplative life, making itsy-bitsy statues.” There is always an enormous temptation in all of life to diddle around making itsy-bitsy friends and meals and journeys for itsy-bitsy years on end. It is so self-conscious, so apparently moral, simply to step aside from the gaps where the creeks and winds pour down, saying, I never merited this grace, quite rightly, and then to sulk along the rest of your days on the edge of rage.

I won’t have it. The world is wilder than that in all directions, more dangerous and bitter, more extravagant and bright. We are making hay when we should be making whoopee; we are raising tomatoes when we should be raising Cain, or Lazarus.

Go up into the gaps. If you can find them; they shift and vanish too. Stalk the gaps. Squeak into a gap in the soil, turn, and unlock-more than a maple- a universe. This is how you spend this afternoon, and tomorrow morning, and tomorrow afternoon. Spend the afternoon. You can’t take it with you.”
— Annie Dillard

Field Flowers

June 14, 2014

june 2014-miavisits-10 (1 of 1)“There is no less holiness at this time…In any instant the sacred may wipe you with its finger. In any instant the bush may flare, your feet may rise, or you may see a bunch of souls in trees.” -Annie Dillard,


June 14, 2014

june 2014-miavisits-16 (1 of 1)june 2014-miavisits-21 (1 of 1)“A sister can be seen as someone who is both ourselves and very much not ourselves – a special kind of double.”
― Toni Morrison

Mia Rose and Riley Jane

June 14, 2014

june 2014-miavisits-03 (1 of 1)“You are your best thing”
― Toni Morrison

1000th Post: A Look Back

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—Hans Christian Andersen

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