Category Archives: Quotes

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“Take time to cherish the old and to investigate the new.”

Give as much care to simple dishes and the humbler foods as you do to elaborate dishes and ambitious menus. At the same time, do not neglect to take advantage of new developments in the growing, shipping, preserving, and cooking of food. Take time to cherish the old and to investigate the new. - James Beard […]


“All creators need to be able to live in the shade of the big questions”

All creators need to be able to live in the shade of the big questions long enough for truly revolutionary ideas and insights to emerge. They need to stay and act in that place relentlessly through the first, most obvious wave of ideas. – Jonathan Fields I’ve been reading a lot about what it means […]


“Start Where You Are”

Today I’m taking a page from Shanna‘s book. In her monthly newsletter, she suggested that one way to cure writer’s block is to make lists — “lists of where you are and what you are and how you’re doing.” Similarly, Gretchen Rubin recently discussed how lists can increase happiness: Making lists… is a terrific exercise to […]


“We are alive within mystery, by miracle.”

I see that the life of this place is always emerging beyond expectation or prediction or typicality, that it is unique, given to the world minute by minute, only once, never to be repeated. And this is when I see that this life is a miracle, absolutely worth having, absolutely worth saving. We are alive […]


The Way We Start Our Days

Every morning you climb several flights of stairs, enter your study, open the French doors, and slide your desk and chair out into the middle of the air. The desk and chair float thirty feet from the ground, between the crowns of maple trees. The furniture is in place; you go back for your thermos […]


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