Sunday Dinner: Juxtaposed


“Because you don’t notice the light without a bit of shadow.
Everything has both dark and light.
You have to play with it
till you get it exactly right.”
Libba Bray



“You couldn’t have strength without weakness,
you couldn’t have light without dark,
you couldn’t have love
without loss”
Jodi Picoult



“Red was ruby, green was fluorescent,
yellow was simply incandescent.
Color was life.
Color was everything.
Color, you see,
was the universal sign of magic.”
Tahereh Mafi



“Hygge is our awareness of the scale of our existence
in contrast to the immensity of life.
It is our sense of intimacy
and encounter with each other
and with the creaturely world around us.
It is the presence of nature
calling us back to the present moment,
calling us home.”
Louisa Thomsen Brits



“Yes, contrast teaches us a great many things
and there is purpose for it.
Yet it is time to transcend your everyday dramas
that are but drops in an ocean.
Cease focusing on your droplets of water and look around you.
Everything you say and touch and do
sets into motion ripples
that either heal and create
or curse and destroy.
Let me repeat: Everything.”
Alaric Hutchinson



Photos by Woodland Gnome 2018
“…the basic stuff of the universe, at its core,
is looking like a kind of pure energy
that is malleable to human intention and expectation
in a way that defies our old mechanistic model of the universe-
-as though our expectation itself
causes our energy to flow out into the world
and affect other energy systems.”
James Redfield



“A warrior has to believe,
otherwise he cannot activate his intent positively.”
Théun Mares

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7 responses to “Sunday Dinner: Juxtaposed

  1. Those small callas that are sometimes brightly colored seem to be more popular than the common big white ones that grow like weeds. I think that callas lack popularity here because they look like the big white ones. I happen to prefer the big white ones.

    • I fell in love with the ones I saw in gardens on the OR coast- you rarely see anything like that here. The small, brightly colored ones languish in every supermarket and big box store around here, lately. They are no longer unique. They must get bought, or the stores wouldn’t stock them. I prefer the big white ones, too 😉 The ones in this photo are Zantedeschia albomaculata. I bought 5 plants of Z. ‘ White Giant’ this spring, and am waiting to see what they will do for us.

      • My great grandparents planted some in the 1940s, and could never get rid of them. That is where mine came from, but they grow wild around here too. My Pa lived in Montara on the coast of San Mateo County, where descendants of those that Diego Rivera painted have naturalized to a minor and uninvasive degree, in all the little creeks.

        • How beautiful. I would love to see these stunning lilies growing in the wild, naturalizing along the creeks.

          • To those of us who know them, they look like they should not be there; but to those who do not know better, they really look pretty and woodsy. I happen to like them anyway because I have noticed that, although resilient and prolific, they are not aggressive or invasive. They do not often form dense colonies, but instead grow up among other plants, just to add their glossy foliage and big strikingly white blooms.

            • I am very much on the fence on the various native/exotic plant issues, Tony. I grow a lot of natives, but they don’t excite me like many of the imports do. As long as plants can find a niche and naturalize (and not crowd out natives needed by the local ecology) I say ‘The more the merrier!’ Perhaps I’m short-sighted… but all plants sequester CO2, hold the soil, add moisture and cleanse the air, and certainly add to the beauty of a place. I have 8 white calla blooms in our garden this morning 😉

              • I would prefer natives, but I happen to live in a place that is near to urban areas and agricultural land, where exotic species have been getting imported and escaping for a very long time. I would not want them all to be exterminated, although some really should go.

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