Monday, May 23, 2011

Monday's Nature Quote

I've decided that as we enter the work week each Monday, we deserve a quote about nature. Here's the first one:

"Life has become so mechanized, life is so lacking in flavor, that anything learned about anything rescues people from the boredom of civil obedience. In a technological age the man who knows where the bergamot grows in some brushy back field or knows when and where to look for Pleiades is a revolutionary. He has published his declaration of independence."

--Brooks Atkinson, from his essay "The Bird Habit"

From http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/deed.en

10 comments:

  1. THANK YOU! That's a perfect nature quote for a Monday.

    PS Have you heard of the group Plateau Restoration? Check it out: www.plateaurestoration.org. These are amazing people and I just contacted them about getting involved somehow...

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  2. Love the quotation! The Pleiades is my favorite constellation.

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  3. Oooh, nice! Since it's been raining here (again), those sunny pics are especially enticing.

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  4. Thanks for stopping by--and here's Daogreer Earth Works' lovely rendition of Pleiades: http://daogreerearth.redbubble.com/works/6535720-the-pleiades --available as greeting cards, and various kinds of prints.

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  5. Where DOES the bergamot grow? I loves me some bergamot in my tea! I know where the neighbor's rosemary pushes through our fence. Does that count? They have seasoned our chickens for years now.

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  6. Pat, what a lovely way to start the work week! I love the quote and the photo! For some reason I'm reminded of a story about Ralph Waldo Emerson visiting Thoreau who was in jail for civil disobedience. According to lore, Emerson said, "Henry, what are you doing in jail?" And Thoreau responded, "Ralph, what are doing out there?" Alice Lynn

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  7. Yeah, I don't know where the bergamot grows either, Roxie. But I love the sentiment of the quote, and figure we can substitute at will. Rosemary counts, I figure. Heck, skunk cabbage and the Big Dipper counts...

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  8. You know, I still remember hearing that story from a teacher in middle or high school. It made quite an impression on me at the time. I sometimes wonder if it had something to do with my later willingness to participate in civil disobedience.

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  9. Hmmmmm. Something to ponder on for sure.

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  10. so much restorative information----so little time----my constant lament-----

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