Sunday Dinner: Join the Dance


“The only way to make sense out of change

is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”

Alan Wilson Watts



“Nothing in the world is permanent,

and we’re foolish when we ask anything to last,

but surely we’re still more foolish

not to take delight in it while we have it.”

  W. Somerset Maugham



“Consider the sunlight.

You may see it is near,

yet if you follow it from world to world

you will never catch it in your hands.

Then you may describe it as far away and, lo,

you will see it just before your eyes.

Follow it and, behold, it escapes you;

run from it and it follows you close.

You can neither possess it nor have done with it.

From this example you can understand

how it is with the true Nature of all things and,

henceforth, there will be no need to grieve

or to worry about such things.”

  Huang Po



“For nothing is fixed, forever and forever and forever,

it is not fixed; the earth is always shifting,

the light is always changing, the sea does not cease to grind down rock.

Generations do not cease to be born,

and we are responsible to them

because we are the only witnesses they have.”

  James Baldwin



Photos by Woodland Gnome 2020


“Of what is the body made?

It is made of emptiness and rhythm.

At the ultimate heart of the body, at the heart of the world,

there is no solidity… there is only the dance.”

George Leonard



About woodlandgnome

Lifelong teacher and gardener.

2 responses to “Sunday Dinner: Join the Dance

  1. Monica MacAdams

    Hi WG,
    Wow, the third photo in this series looks like a bigger version of one of the “slopes” on my property, except mine has been overrun by forsythia and ivy; I’ve been trying to bring some order out of the chaos by gradually pulling-out the ivy and digging-out some of the forsythia, and planting PA carex (which is pricey in a large area, so it’s slow-going). I’d send you a photo, but I don’t know how (my computer-photo skills being far inferior to my mediocre gardening skills).
    Always look forward to your posts!

    • Hi Monica, It is so nice to hear from you! Carex is a lovely plant and a good choice for holding that slope. Do you divide the pots of it that you buy? Most grasses can be cut into hunks, as long as there are some roots on each hunk. It is such a slow grower, though, that you need a lot of it to cover a bit of space. That slope has gotten even steeper in recent years because we’ve had so much rain. I do what I can to hold it in place with terraces, but it makes it hard on the gardener to move around back there! The bamboo always wants to climb up the slope, and so it is a bit of a battleground each spring. Maybe I should just plant some ivy and Forsythia and be done with it….? ❤ ❤ ❤

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