Sunday Dinner: Nostalgia


“Memory believes before knowing remembers.
William Faulkner
“Remembrance of things past
is not necessarily the remembrance of things
as they were.”
Marcel Proust
“The ‘what should be’ never did exist,
but people keep trying to live up to it.
There is no ‘what should be,’
there is only what is.”
Lenny Bruce
“There comes a time in your life
when you have to choose to turn the page,
write another book
or simply close it.”
Shannon L. Alder
“We are homesick most
for the places we have never known.”
Carson McCullers
“It is strange how we
hold on to the pieces of the past
while we wait for our futures.”
Ally Condie
Photos by Woodland Gnome 2017 
For my friend, Janet, who I miss often, and learn from, always
“Nostalgia in reverse,
the longing for yet another strange land,
grew especially strong in spring.”
Vladimir Nabokov
“For children, childhood is timeless.  It is always the present.
Everything is in the present tense.
Of course, they have memories.
Of course, time shifts a little for them
and Christmas comes round in the end.
But they don’t feel it.
Today is what they feel,
and when they say ‘When I grow up,’
there is always an edge of disbelief—
how could they ever be other than what they are?”
Ian McEwan

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Lifelong teacher and gardener.

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