oh yes, there's goodness. sometimes hard to find, other times it drops right into our laps and lingers, oh my goodness how it lingers. another thing about goodness? it most always travels hand-in-hand with beauty.
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I took an involuntary in-breath of excitement at the last image... so beautiful. I recognize the symbol from Scandanavia, do I? Looks like symbols I've seen painted on Sami drums....
"In the unmade light I can see the world..." W.S.Merwin.From the review, I love this:"I smelled of resin, my clothes smelled, and my hair smelled, and my skin smelled of resin when I lay in my bed at night. I went to sleep with it and woke up with it and it stayed with me all the day long. I was forest.”.last image looks like it has an old story telling itself new.
The embroidery in the bottom image is a 'fourfold sign' from 5th millennium BC - found on pottery dishes of central Europe."Their consistent appearance on dishes, bowls, vases, strongly suggests that they are ideograms necessary to promote the recurrent birth and groth of plant, animal, and human life. They are symbols of the continuum of life" from The Goddesses and Gods of Old Europe by Marija Gimbutas. Per Petterson's novel "I Curse the River of Time" was packed with thoughtful phrases from the inner voice of the protagonist. This was just one of many quotes I copied out. Another was about his relationship with his mother, and how it felt to him as if she were across a wide river now that he was an adult - like the rio grande. That rio grande idea hit me fairly hard at the time because of what was happening in my own personal life at the time. When novels connect so powerfully it is like meeting your self - and having a conversation, yet there is something new, strange, more intelligent maybe.
Oh my goodness ~ what a post! I love the 'fourfold sign' cloth...the image. I read the quote four times, trying to let it sink in. And your response: "When novels connect so powerfully it is like meeting your self - and having a conversation, yet there is something new, strange, more intelligent maybe." -This really touched me. I will look for this book you mention.
So meaning-filled with beauty.
Thank you for taking the time to connect. Much appreciated.xx