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“Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.” — Art of Quotation

via “Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.” — Art of Quotation

I have been remiss in my blogging lately. It has been busy with moving, building a new house, writing a collaborative scholarly paper, grandchildren on the way, and visiting our one grandson. I plan on being more faithful and maybe doing some writing to go with presses.

Gigi has a wonderful blog filled with quotes, poetry, and images. She shared a Wendell Berry quote to remind me how I am part of nature, not separate.

This post reminded me of something my mother used to tell us growing up: “birds do not spoil their nests.” Ecology and economy share etymology, coming from the Greek oikos. Besides being a Greek yogurt, it means household and how we care for that household. When I think about Nature from this perspective, I want to treat Her well and be in full relationship with Her.

Deer Resting

I took this picture about a year ago, as we walked out of the United Church in Radium Hot Springs, BC. It is wonderful to find one’s self so close to all God’s creatures.


25 responses »

  1. Welcome back. You were missed. I really enjoyed the opening quote. Thank you.

  2. Great top quote dear. 🙏

  3. The quotation is wonderful.

  4. Being in touch with Nature is one of the most important activities one can experience. Find a spot wherever you live that gives you the ability to reach out and touch Nature. It can be found in a small town or even in a large city. Welcome back,

  5. Oikos is a yogurt!? But I digress. You know I agree with everything you said as pertains to our precious earth. Once the clown that runs our country was elected, I made a conscious decision to focus most of my posts and poetry on nature. If humans are to survive, we must have more of us attuned to this sacred planet we live upon.

    On another note, good luck finishing up your home building project!

    • Oikos is a Greek yogurt brand. When I use the word in my teaching and writing, I remind people of this and its etymology. I agree with everything you said. To view Earth as a resource and nothing more is distressing. At the same time, finding the balance with economy and ecology is essential. I think that is what I like so much about Wendell Berry and Mary Oliver’s poetry.

      The big thing about our building is we lived in the same house for 40 years. We tore it down. The things we accumulated with our 3 boys was overwhelming. Most people would build their retirement home in Arizonza or some place like that, but I am a four seasons person.

  6. Mother Nature is already (weather-wise) showing mankind justice and payback.

  7. Love the picture! So many of our sayings and ways of life are developed from the behaviors of nature’s characters. We even learn something from the branches of the trees in the way we stretch our hands up and out to reach out to God or droop when the weather/situation is against us or when we need to be watered and fed. Thanks for sharing

  8. You’re certainly a bussy man, there was a quote from a comic when his 4 kids came to visit him with their 12 children in total, he did tell them ¨I already grew you up ! I don’t want for you to visit me with 12 other kids so I have to take care of them”. Maybe it works in a comic skid, not sure in real life if you say that, just a thought.
    I also want to be more part of nature but I’m not really fond of having a big big. big deer living as my neighbor.

  9. Wish everybody remember that!

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