Widgets The Good Place (Michael L. Umphrey on gardening, teaching, and writing)

"Peace is not an absence of war; it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice. - Benedict Spinoza."

Sunflower after winter
     Early spring garden

This sunflower “volunteered,” growing beside the arbor from a seed that fell from the bird feeder. Very few new flowers have bloomed this reluctant spring which keeps reverting to snow flurries. So I’m still enjoying the stark beauty of a winter garden.

Andrew Wyeth: “I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape - the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.”

I wouldn’t say I prefer it, but I do love it. Of course, the “whole story” doesn’t show in other seasons either, except to the experienced imagination, which moves toward seeing the whole story in each of its moments.

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