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Fresh Air

It’s difficult to imagine being busy and enchantedat the same time. Enchantment invites us to pauseand be arrested by whatever is before us. Insteadof doing something, something is done to us....We stumble across a roaring, resplendent water-fall in the middle of a quiet forest, and webecome profoundly entranced.

THOMAS MOORE,The Re-enchantment of Everyday Life

A ditch somewhere—or a creek, meadow,woodlot, or marsh. . . . These are placesof initiation, where the borders betweenourselves and other creatures break down,where the earth gets under our nailsand a sense of place gets under our skin.

ROBERT MICHAEL PYLE,The Thunder ...

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