Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me. Be still, they say. Watch and listen. You are the result of the love of thousands.” ~ Linda Hogan, Dwellings: A Spiritual History of the Living World

Solace at Sunset
by the blindalley (deviantART)

                   

“I wanted silence. My daydreams were full of places I longed to be, shelters and solitudes. I wanted a room apart from others, a hidden cabin to rest in. I wanted to be in a redwood forest with trees so tall the owls called out in the daytime. I daydreamed of living in a vapor cave a few hours away from here. Underground, warm, and moist, I thought it would be the perfect world for staying out of cold winter, for escaping the noise of living.

And how often I’ve wanted to escape to a wilderness where a human hand has not been in everything. But those were only dreams of peace, of comfort, of a nest inside stone or woods, a sanctuary where a dream or life wouldn’t be invaded.”

~ Linda Hogan, Dwellings: A Spiritual History of the Living World

                   

The Way In

Sometimes the way to milk and honey is through the body.
Sometimes the way in is a song.
But there are three ways in the world: dangerous, wounding,
and beauty.
To enter stone, be water.
To rise through hard earth, be plant
desiring sunlight, believing in water.
To enter fire, be dry.
To enter life, be food.

~ Linda Hogan

                   

Music by Vienna Teng, “The Last Snowfall”

4 thoughts on “Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me. Be still, they say. Watch and listen. You are the result of the love of thousands.” ~ Linda Hogan, Dwellings: A Spiritual History of the Living World

  1. We had cake and they went out to dinner. Tonight they had dinner with N’s Mom… He was able to take a few days off and relax. Today was a beautiful day…

    Please remember that although it’s heartbreaking and hard, you have given this dog a wonderful life. You’ve been there, loving and caring, and he is one of the lucky ones. You’ve been a Mother Teresa for your dogs… So, remember in your heart that you’ve given this dog a great life, and let that help your heart feel full – to balance the pain.

  2. I’ve read one book by Linda Hogan, or maybe two. I should read more (books by Linda Hogan)…

    Warm here, but a thunderstorm cooled it off a bit. Son #2’s 21st birthday… Didn’t sleep good last night, feeling unsettled… So – tonight I will make up for it!

    I hope to finish “Quiet” by Thursday (book club) so I can return it….

    I hope you had a good day…

    1. Cooler here today. By Wednesday, it’s supposed to be warm again. I’m pretty sure that somewhere in my boxed-up collection I have a book by Linda Hogan that I bought when I was at ODU. I want to read Dwellings.

      Hope your son has a good birthday. Any plans?

      Didn’t sleep well last night either. Shakes is wheezing all of the time now and coughing more frequently. It’s breaking my heart slowly.

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