Saturday, November 24, 2012

two experiences of adult life

“…ours are ‘ the two experiences of adult life’ of which Pavese spoke, success and failure, to kill the whale or wreck the ship; one should not surrender to incomprehensible matter, one must not just sit down. We are here for this-to make mistakes and to correct ourselves, to stand the blows and hand them out. We must never feel disarmed: nature is immense and complex, but it is not impermeable to the intelligence; we must circle around it, pierce and probe it, look for the opening or make it.”
…from the Periodic Table

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(photo:  a man hiked an ascending trail for about a mile, cut a tree for Christmas tree, and carried it back to his car. We were hiking when this man carrying a saw passed us going up and while we were on our way back halfway down he passed us again carrying this seven- foot tree.) 


Brona Joy said...

A new twist on the phrase "to embrace nature"!!

Alyce said...

Good presence of mind to snap a photo!

Louise said...

That's some dedication to get a free tree, are people actually allowed to do that?

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Awesome! Love the snapshot and the excerpt.

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Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Thoughtful quote. Didn't the author later commit suicide?

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edgar said...

In Incline Village,NV the people can get a permit to cut their own tree at some designated areas of the National Forest and observing some restrictions.
I think the author died of possible suicide.

Booksnyc said...

It is interesting to see those legs coming out of the bottom of the tree!