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Practice resurrection

Mytulip The miracle of spring, the power of a manifesto / April 2011

"Go with your love to the fields.
Lie down in the shade. Rest your head
in her lap. Swear allegiance
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos
can predict the motions of your mind,
lose it. Leave it as a sign
to mark the false trail, the way
you didn't go. Be like the fox
who makes more tracks than necessary,
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection."

~ from Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front by Wendell Berry

I want a countenance like hers

New_growth_oregano A patch of fresh oregano springs up out of the muck / April 2011

This was the day when the woman at the door with the nice hat handed me a brochure proclaiming that Jesus “takes away the sin of the world” and invited me to “find out”; I couldn't get the peaceful countenance of her face out of mind for the rest of the day.

Blogging is but conversation carried on with digital assistance

Visitinglight Light through the window brightens the afternoon like the correspondence of a friend or confidante (whether it arrives with a beep on my computer or in an envelope on the front porch)

“Letter writing is, in fact, but conversation, carried on with the pen, when distance or circumstances prevent the easier method of exchanging ideas, by spoken words. Write, therefore, as you would speak, were the person to whom your letter is addressed seated beside you. As amongst relatives and intimate friends you would converse with a familiar manner, and in easy language, so in your letters to such persons, let your style be simple, entirely devoid of effort.”

~ an excerpt from The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness: A complete handbook for the use of the Lady in polite society, 1872, by Florence Hartley (also the author of Ladies' Handbook of Fancy and Ornamental Work)