World population is almost at 7.6 billion……..780 million people live without access to clean drinking water…..It is estimated that by 2025 1.8 billion people will live in areas plagued by water shortages…and two thirds of the world’s population will live in water stressed areas…….
It is estimated that 1million spiders live in 1 acre of land…and that at any given time humans are never more than 10 feet away from a spider……spiders eat more insects than birds and bats combined………
"Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night." - Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke
“Being like everybody is the same as being nobody.” ― Rod Serling
“We work in the dark - we do what we can - we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion, and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.” ― Henry James, The Middle Years
Litost-a state of agony created by sight of one’s own misery…..
From Little Gidding-T.S.Eliot“We shall not cease from explorationAnd the end of all our exploringWill be to arrive where we startedAnd know the place for the first timeThrough the unknown, remembered gateWhen the last of earth left to discoverIs that which was the beginningAt the source of the longest riverThe voice of the hidden waterfallAnd the children in the apple treeMot known, because not looked forBut heard, half heard in the stillnessBetween to waves of the seaQuick now, here now, alwaysA condition of complete simplicity(costing not less than everything)And all shall be well andAll manner of thig shall be wellWhen the tongues of flame are in-foldedInto the crowned knot of fireAnd the fire and the rose are one”
Often have I wondered with much curiosity as to our coming into this world and what will follow our departure. - Petrarch
When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy. – Rumi
The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.- Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution
“The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life.” ― Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture
Until about 10,000 years ago most people had brown eyes, a genetic mutation from the Black Sea introduced the color blue……..