Saturday, October 3, 2015

One's Native Ground

"One's native ground is the place where, since before you had words for such knowledge, you have known the smells, the seasons, the birds and beasts, the human voices, the houses, the ways of working, the lay of the land, and the quality of the light.  It is the landscape you learn before you retreat inside the illusion of your skin.  You may love the place if you flourished there, or hate the place if you suffered there.  But love it or hate it, you cannot shake free."

-Scott Russell Sanders "Staying Put: Making a Home in a Restless World"