I just found this wonderful passage from Tolstoy's novel "Resurrection."
Luci and I had the adventure of our lives, attending a writers' workshop at a fish camp on a remote island off the far west side of Kodiak Island, Alaska. The dear people, the wild beauty, the sense of sacred space and of wonder will be with us for years. Here are some sketches to keep the memory fresh and in gratitude to Leslie and to the Fields family who made it all possible.
Pure fasted faces draw unto this feast:
God comes all sweetness to your Lenten lips.
You striped in secret with breath-taking whips,
Those crooked rough-scored chequers may be pieced
To crosses meant for Jesu's; you whom the East
With draught of thin and pursuant cold so nips
Breathe Easter now; you serged fellowships,
You vigil-keepers with low flames decreased,
God shall o'er-brim the measures you have spent
With oil of gladness, for sackcloth and frieze
And the ever-fretting shirt of punishment
Give myrrhy-threaded golden folds of ease.
Your scarce-sheathed bones are weary of being bent:
Lo, God shall strengthen all the feeble knees.
Dr. Mahoney of York University has located horse dung on the Col de la Traversette, in the French Alps. This has led to a new debate as to which route Hannibal took to cross the Alps with an army of 30,000 men and 37 elephants.
You can follow this in more detail if you go to this blogspot. It includes the chart comparing possible routes in the postlude to my book: "Alpine Elephant".
Venice, June 2016
Sketches at our mini family reunion. Jonathan, Martina, Helena, Nick and Rachel.
This, my first blog, is to introduce you to my web site. Through it I am hoping to give you an overview of my life, which I might call, “A journey into Light”. The journey goes on, here in Bellingham, Washington, and is as rich and challenging as it has ever been. I am deeply in love with Luci Shaw, a well known poet, whom I married twenty five years ago. I make little claim to the remarkable things that have happened over the years and can only echo what Oliver Sacks expressed in his latest book, “Gratitude.” That title is the word that keeps coming to mind.
This overview covers some of my deeper interests, writing, sketching, acrylic painting, engineering, music and finally “expeditioning.” Two of the expeditions took place in the Alps and the third in the Sierra mountains of California. I plan to go into them in some detail as, in each case, they were unique and had a profund impact on my life. The fourth is the creation of a symbiosis, a forging of a new life together with Luci.
From time to time I plan to update this blog and try to convey the profound richness of life we experience in our eighties.