Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature—the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.
Rachel Carson, 1907 – 1964




  1. Elissa Koopmans Schwartz

    What a beautifully written description of how most people need structure and routine to feel grounded, safe and secure. Nature does give us countless expressions of this. Reading this quote makes me connect it with the entire field of meteorology, as our weather experts base their predictions on the repeated outcomes of prior meteorological events. When this low pressure joins with this high pressure at this particular place, we know that this particular weather outcome will occur. We can always rely on the fact that after a snowstorm and once the temperature reaches above 32 degrees for a few hours or days that the snow will melt. Repeated refrains – reliable, comforting, and, yes, as Rachel Carson said, healing.

    • Debra Darvick

      I’m so glad you liked this one, Elissa. How even seeing a robin in the midst of all this snow, and the
      growing light that extends later each day is steadying. And Martin and I can rely on the fact
      that when it snows, our shovels are ready!!


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