Sunday Dinner: Connection



“Pull a thread here

and you’ll find it’s attached

to the rest of the world.”


Nadeem Aslam




“We are one knot in a great web of being,

building out of the vast past and (with luck)

continuing billions of years into the future,

until the sun dies, the last of its energy reaches Earth,

and our local light goes out.

The most appropriate response to the world

is to realize, with awe, the ferocious mystery

of being alive in it. And act accordingly.

The worst thing anyone should be able to say

about their life is also the greatest thing anyone can say:

“I tried my best.”


Carl Safina




Photos by Woodland Gnome 2016

Sunday Dinner: Magic

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“And above all, watch with glittering eyes

the whole world around you

because the greatest secrets

are always hidden in

the most unlikely places.

Those who don’t believe in magic

will never find it.”


Roald Dahl


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“The world is full of magic things,

patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”


W.B. Yeats


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“I want to be magic.

I want to touch the heart of the world

and make it smile.

I want to be a friend of elves and live in a tree.

Or under a hill. I want to marry a moonbeam

and hear the stars sing.

I don’t want to pretend at magic anymore.

I want to be magic.”


Charles de Lint


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Photos by Woodland Gnome 2016


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“But you must not change one thing,
one pebble, one grain of sand,
until you know what good and evil will follow on that act.
The world is in balance, in Equilibrium.
A wizard’s power of Changing and Summoning
can shake the balance of the world.
It is dangerous, that power…
It must follow knowledge,
and serve need.”
Ursula K. Le Guin

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