The Percheron in the Tunnel

“I want to enlarge my knowledge of the world because the world is such a staggering and uncanny and heartbreaking place.” -Jim Shepherd

Yesterday I came across a video lecture by writer Jim Shepherd that profoundly moved me. I dreamed about it — that Percheron in the coal mine. You can read it here; at the bottom of the article (from the Williams College site) you’ll find a link to the video.


Ah! The quote I wanted to put with that picture!

I’ve posted this quote before. One of my Creative Nonfiction students used it in a paper.

“To the outside world we all grow old. But not to brothers and sisters. We know each other as we always were. We know each others’ hearts. We share private family jokes. We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys. We live outside the touch of time.”
-Clara Ortega
(The picture is of me and my siblings.)

New Fields

“You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind.” –Anonymous

“To make a great dream come true, the first requirement is a great capacity to dream; the second is persistence.”

–Cesar Chavez

Or we have this advice:

Poem #1755 

To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,
One clover, and a bee.
And revery.
The revery alone will do,
If bees are few.

–Emily Dickinson