O God, you are my God, I seek you,
my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
beholding your power and glory.
Because your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.
So I will bless you as long as I live;
I will lift up my hands and call on your name.
I have laid witness to you, O God, in many sanctuaries these days…
In the sanctuary of pages…
Gutenberg’s Fingerprint by Merilyn Simonds … He takes the page from me and holds it flat, at eye level. Instead of reading the words, I look across the terrain of paper, shaped now into hills and valleys, pools of commas, fjords of t’s and f’s, rushing rivulets of s’s. ‘Words make an impression,’ he says. (p.12)
The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit…To hear is to let the sound wander all the way through the labyrinth of your ear; to listen is to travel the other way to meet it. (p. 193)
My Bookstore, an anthology… There is no community without a common resource. (Dale Bates, an architect in Ketchum, Idaho, speaking about the bookstore, Chapter One.)
In the sanctuary of nature…
You welcome me with open stem and petal and leaf these days. You say ‘there is room for you within me, within the embrace of my branches and the undulation of my wind.’ ‘Feast!’, you invite me. On color, on texture, on line or arc or overlay, on shadow and hidden wonder… (From my notebook)
In the sanctuary of the kitchen…
Leaping Greenly Soup (an experiment that worked…named for ee cummings’ poem)
1 large yellow onion, diced
2 big cloves garlic, diced
a bit of fresh ginger, (diameter of a quarter and two quarters thick), diced
3 good sized zucchini, sliced
1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled and sliced
3 or 4 baby bok choi, bottoms trimmed off, rough chopped
a fist sized thin skinned potato, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
a shake or two or three of garam masala
Chicken or vegetable stock
Olive oil in the soup pot–onion, garlic, ginger, pepper, salt, garam masala into pot to sautée
Zucchini and apple into pot…shoosh around a bit
Bok choi into pot; potatoes into pot
Add stock to cover
Let burble for a half hour
In the sanctuary of the sky…
In the sanctuary of your quiet company, joy, delight, and love.