27 May 2020

Last Best Lilacs - Missoula, Montana

"The true beloveds of this world are in their lover's eyes lilacs opening, ship lights, school bells, a landscape, remembered conversations, friends, a child's Sunday, lost voices, one's favorite suit, autumn and all seasons, memory, yes, it being the earth and water of existence, memory."

26 May 2020

Storm Cloud Pageant - East Missoula, Montana

“ .... A great sheet of heavy dark cloud, with a reefed or puckered make, drew off the west in the course of the pageant...”

- Gerard Manley Hopkins, quoted in this essay by Richard Hamblyn, which quotes from GMH’s, “The Remarkable Sunsets”, Nature 29 (3 January 1884), pp. 222-23
(which also includes a very interesting connecting note on Krakatoa's 1883 eruption and Munch's "The Scream" painting) 

25 May 2020

Remembering - Missoula City Cemetery, Missoula, Montana

Thankful for the many who secure and defend freedom in this world, and even more for the One Who gives freedom of our soul.
"Most people, if they had really learned to look into their own hearts, would know that they do want, and want acutely, something that cannot be had in this world. There are all sorts of things in this world that offer to give it to you, but they never quite keep their promise ... If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world....

Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing. If that is so, I must take care, on the one hand, never to despise, or be unthankful for, these earthly blessings, and on the other, never to mistake them for the something else of which they are only a kind of copy, or echo, or mirage. I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that other country and to help others to do the same."  
- C.S. Lewis (1898-1963), from Mere Christianity, pp. 135-137