In his book The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos, cosmologist Brian Swimme offers the following exercise:Braestrup goes on to say that although she could not do it herself, she knows some people who are so familiar with their natural surroundings that they could. Could you? I could give directions to someone who was about a mile away, but not twenty.
Invite someone to visit you who lives at least twenty miles away and who has never visited you before. You can give verbal instructions on how to get to your abode...but the one rule is this: In your directions you may refer to anything but human artifice. You may refer to hills, oak trees, the constellations of the night sky, the lakes or ocean shores or caves...ponds, trails, or prairies...estuaries, bluffs, woodlands...creeks, swamps...and so on.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Thought for the Day
I recently read Kate Braestrup's Here If You Need Me: A True Story, which I enjoyed very much. I don't re-read books that often, but I expect I will re-read this one. I'd like to share a quote that Braestrup includes. She says: