Sunday Dinner: The Work


“True freedom is impossible
without a mind made free by discipline.”
Mortimer J. Adler



“We must do our work for its own sake,
not for fortune or attention or applause.”
Steven Pressfield
“Always listen to experts.
They’ll tell you what can’t be done, and why.
Then do it.”
Robert A. Heinlein



“Everything has boundaries.
The same holds true with thought.
You shouldn’t fear boundaries,
but you should not be afraid of destroying them.
That’s what is most important
if you want to be free:
respect for and exasperation with boundaries.”
Haruki Murakami
“Life always bursts the boundaries of formulas.
Defeat may prove to have been the only path to resurrection,
despite its ugliness.
I take it for granted that to create a tree I condemn a seed to rot.
If the first act of resistance comes too late
it is doomed to defeat.
But it is, nevertheless, the awakening of resistance.
Life may grow from it as from a seed.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry



“Believe me, for I know,
you will find something far greater in the woods
than in books. Stones and trees will teach you
that which you cannot learn from the masters.”
Bernard of Clairvaux
Photos by Woodland Gnome 2019
Trees styled by members of the Richmond Bonsai Society
and displayed at The Great Big Greenhouse, Richmond Virginia 9.14-15.2019
“And the forest perfume —
trees and earth —
it’s like incense in a shrine.
You fall into a state of… prayer.”
Keiichi Sigsawa



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Lifelong teacher and gardener.

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