Category: Daily Life

Silence Is Good for Us!

By , February 19, 2018

I recently read this article, Science Says Silence is Much More Important to Our Brains Than We Think. Apparently, silence can restore brain cells?

Now, I have to admit, I don’t spend much time worrying whether I’m decreasing or increasing my personal inventory of brain cells, but if losing them is bad—and goodness knows there seem to be a lot of fun ways to do that—repairing, restoring, or increasing them should be good, right?

The basic message here is that silence can be beneficial. And, we have a lot of silence here on the homestead! I talk about this often, including In The Quiet of the Morning and Listening to Silence.

As always, I want to differentiate between silence and absence of noise.

snow sagging on tree branches

An example of stillness, if not silence: snow drooping on the cherry tree. Stay with me on this, it gives me an excuse to publish these photos! (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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For 2018: Mary Oliver’s Twelve Moons as a Lunar Calendar

By , December 30, 2017

Earlier in the winter, when a blog follower expressed interest in an old project of mine, I pulled it out, dusted it off, and updated it for her. Now that it’s all set, I’ll post it for anyone else interested in a new project for 2018: reading Mary Oliver’s book of poems, Twelve Moons, as a lunar calendar.

Mary Oliver's Twelve Moons


I have done this myself twice, so far. The first time, in 2011, (see Mary Oliver’s Twelve Moons as Lunar Calendar) I blogged about most of the poems, sometimes dedicating a whole post to one, sometimes merely pointing out that it was time to read the next poem. In posting for 2018, I’ve added links to the corresponding posts that discuss a poem in some way, sharing with you whatever thoughts I had at that time. So, when you click on the linked titles, please don’t expect to find the poem itself posted on line!

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