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Writing from My Photo Stream ~ Kelly DuMar


#NewThisDay Writing From My Photo Stream

Menemsha Morning

Menemsha Morning

One of the books I brought with me to Martha's Vineyard for beach reading is one that arrived a couple of weeks before our trip in the mail. We get a lot of packages delivered to the household; and quite a few books. I usually open the books to see if it's one I ordered, or pass it over to whoever ordered it. This one, "The Moth Snowstorm," none of us remembered ordering. Amazon seems to have just sent it to us. Except it seems like one I would have ordered. Who knows? In any case, I claimed it, and I am reading it now. The subtitle of this memoir sort of book is "Nature and Joy." Today, after my walk, as I lay in the sand reading to the sound of the surf at Lucy Vincent Beach, this passage claimed my heart and mind:

It seems to be an abrupt apprehension that there is something exceptional and extraordinary, beyond our everyday experience, about nature as a whole, something much more than the sum of its parts, glorious even though some of those parts may be, from birds of paradise to coral reefs, from Siberian tigers to bluebell woods. It is a sentiment that might be described as having a spiritual aspect, although it seems able to penetrate the most otherwise-secularized of minds. It can come to us anywhere, in the presence of the whole landscape or of a single organism; it can be met with in a number of nature’s diverse aspects, such as its abundance or the peace it can bring; it can especially be encountered in the shifting calendar, in the discerning of a great change coming in the rhythms of the life of the earth, above all in the sensing of rebirth, in the springtime.
— From, "The Moth Snowstorm: Nature & Joy," Michael McCarthy

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