Sunday Dinner: Nostalgia II

Colonial Williamsburg 2016

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“How often have I lain beneath rain on a strange roof,
thinking of home.”
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  William C. Faulkner

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Colonial Williamsburg, 2016

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“It is strange how we hold on
to the pieces of the past
while we wait for our futures.”
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  Ally Condie

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Colonial Williamsburg 2016

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“The Greek word for “return” is nostos.
Algos means “suffering.”
So nostalgia is the suffering caused
by an unappeased yearning to return.”
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Milan Kundera

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Colonial Williamsburg 2016

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“Memory believes
before knowing remembers.
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  William Faulkner

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Colonial Williamsburg December 2015

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“Remembrance of things past
is not necessarily the remembrance of things
as they were.”
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Marcel Prous

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Colonial Williamsburg 2015

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“There are a few moments in your life
when you are truly and completely happy,
and you remember to give thanks.
Even as it happens you are nostalgic for the moment,
you are tucking it away in your scrapbook.”
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David Benioff

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December 2016

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“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?”
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Ian McEwan

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December 2016 Powhatan Creek

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“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.”
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Lenny Bruce

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Rose window, Bruton Parish, Williamsburg VA December 2017

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We each find ourselves in uncharted territory this December as we struggle to adapt to the changes swirling around us.  We are haunted by memories, sweet and sad; even as we look ahead with hope.  Let us focus on the eternal ‘Now,’ finding peace and happiness in this present moment.  One day we will look back with nostalgia at this unique time, as rich in opportunities as in limitations. 
As we approach Winter Solstice and a fresh new year, let us mine the sweetness of this moment, share the love always bubbling up in our hearts, and spread the light of understanding, one to another.

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Colonial Williamsburg, December 2016

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Woodland Gnome 2020

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December 2020

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Please visit my other site, Illuminations, for a daily photo of something beautiful and a positive thought.

 

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2 responses to “Sunday Dinner: Nostalgia II

  1. Wise words, E. You are so right, there is only the now and it’s clay in our hands, to create whatever we want. A beautiful look back on previous years. I love the fruit wreaths of Wmbrg. It gets too cold here for them, so I enjoy seeing them there.

    • Wonderful to hear from you, Eliza. I’ve been thinking of you this past week and the gnarly weather that came to call. We drove through CW yesterday, which was packed with people, and I admired the wreathes from the car. It is a lively scene down there this year, with the ice rink open in the middle of Duke of Gloucester Street and diners enjoying meals out on the street, too. We had a lovely “Virginia December” day here yesterday. Most years, my brother comes and we photograph the wreathes and street life together. We’re looking forward to being able to do that again, next year. Stay warm, Eliza ❤ ❤ ❤

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