Weathering the Elements
Life is the fire that burns and the sun that gives light.
Life is the wind and the rain and the thunder in the sky.
Life is matter and is earth, what is and what is not, and what beyond is in Eternity.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
The wind shows us how close to the edge we are.
– Joan Didion
We may want to deny this connection and try to believe we control the external world,
but every time there’s a snowstorm or drought,
we know our fate is tied to the world around us.
- Alice Hoffman
March 22, 2012, is World Water Day.
Reports say that drought, floods and a lack of fresh water may cause
significant global instability and conflict in the coming decades.
Rain is grace; rain is the sky condescending to the earth…
– John Updike
Many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head,
and knows not that it brings abundance to drive away the hunger.
The snow itself is lonely or, if you prefer, self-sufficient.
There is no other time when the whole world seems composed of one thing and one thing only.
– Joseph Wood Krutch
The substance of the winds is too thin for human eyes,
their written language is too difficult for human minds, and
their spoken language mostly too faint for the ears.
- John Muir