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Words From The Woods

Selected Essays


For the first half of my life I kept the silence of those who wait. I waited through my childhood and I waited through school. I waited through work and out in the world. For many years I kept my silence, waiting...


So many things are designed today. You can dream up a lot of things once you start designing. The world today sometimes seems to me like a land of dreams...


As I write I look out on the shadowy woods, where all lies in mystery. I love the heavy skies and low sunlight of autumn. I love the sight of springtime shadows cast across our walls...


A few weeks ago I left a tweed jacket out on the porch over night. I awoke the next morning to find that the creatures of the dark had chewed a piece the size of my hand from the silk lining...


Here in the woods it is spring again, the season of love and new beginnings. The trees are in leaf, the wild lilac is in bloom, the birds are in song. All day and all night the woods are awake with a longing to begin anew...


Before we came to live here in the woods, we lived in many places and furnished many rooms, and we always had art on our walls. We chose our art carefully to add to the meaning and beauty of our rooms...


This is Innermost House, my home in the mountains of Northern California. It is the latest of many very small houses my husband and I have occupied over twenty-five years, each to make possible a simple life of reflection and conversation...


I am often asked if we grow our own food. Life in the woods is not a gardener’s life, though I love vegetables. Without an armory to protect it, a produce garden wouldn’t survive long against the ravages of our woodland creatures...


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