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Mary Oliver died recently. She was a published poet since 1963. She won a Pulitzer Prize. She wrote about nature, living life and God. I understood her poems and they almost always moved me. She is easy to read and writes in a conversational style. My three daughters love her writings.
How I go to the woods
Ordinarily, I go to the woods alone, with not a single
friend, for they are all smilers and talkers and therefore
I don’t really want to be witnessed talking to the catbirds
or hugging the old black oak tree. I have my way of
praying, as you no doubt have yours.
Besides, when I am alone I can become invisible. I can sit
on the top of a dune as motionless as an uprise of weeds,
until the foxes run by unconcerned. I can hear the almost
unhearable sound of the roses singing.
If you have ever gone to the woods with me, I must love
you very much.
― Mary Oliver, Swan: Poems and Prose Poems
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The Grolier Club is a famous book collectors club in New York City. They just celebrated the 100th anniversary of their building. Founded in 1884, it is the oldest bibliophilic club in the U.S. It has nine free public exhibitions a year. It is one of the first organizations in the U.S to treat books and prints as objects worthy of display paintings and sculpture.
My grandmother had a saying, “Always leave the campground better than you found it.” For her, this meant making small efforts like making the bed in her hotel room and picking up litter on her walks. Her instincts have become a ‘movement’ called Plogging.
Plogging began in Sweden and the word is a combination of jogging and the Swedish word for ‘picking up litter’. Check out this PBS video to see how plogging is catching on. I may try to launch a Wagging Movement – walking while picking up litter.