Monday, December 24, 2007

Annie Dillard, a must for every Nature Lover

I found this wonderful quote on another blog called A Painting a Day. There was a link there that said "Read Annie Dillard." Well, I'm a huge Annie Dillard fan, so I couldn't resist the call to read. I clicked on the link and there was this quote. I was so excited. I love Annie Dillard! If you are into nature and have never read her work, you must. I especially love her book "Teaching a Stone to Talk." It's a collection of essays that are just amazing. My favorite is "Living Like Weasels." If you were here, I would sit you down and read it to you. Right now. I read it to all my classes, I've read it to my Bible Study class at church, I think everyone should read it and do my best to make sure that happens =) This quote comes from her Pulitzer Prize-winning book of 1974 (I think).

"There are many things to see, unwrapped gifts and free surprises. The world is fairly studded and strewn with pennies cast broadside by a generous hand. But- and this is the point- who gets excited by a mere penny? If you follow one arrow, if you crouch motionless on a bank to watch a tremulous ripple thrill on the water and are rewarded by the sight of a muskrat paddling from its den, will you count that sight a chip of copper only, and go on your rueful way? It is dire poverty indeed when a man is so malnourished and fatigued that he won't stoop to pick up a penny. But if you cultivate a healthy poverty and simplicity, so that finding a penny will literally make your day, then, since the world is in fact planted in pennies, you have with your poverty bought a lifetime of days. It is that simple. What you see is what you get."

Annie Dillard
from "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek."


sunny said...

Rondi,I love that quote. Wish I'd said that! Sounds like a book that would be GREAT for my classes. But, no time to get it because I'm leaving in a week.

Inland Empire Girl said...

thanks for the reminder about this wonderful author!

Anonymous said...

I love that quote, too, AND Annie Dillard. I need to dig that book back out, thanks.