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Balance. Simple yet complicated. Straightforward yet paradoxical. Summation yet cancellation.

An equation. Perhaps the equation?

“Well, it’s all about balance,” she says, using a favorite buzzword to describe how she manages to do it all, and with such ease.

It sounds so easy. The spouse, kids, pets, house, career, hobbies…

We pulled into camp just as the final sliver of sun disappeared behind the buttes. Mom cranked the wheel to the left, braked, shifted to reverse and, looking over her shoulder backed the truck between the other vehicles. “Let me tell your dad about what happened today, OK?” she said…

“Home is the nicest word there is.”

— Laura Ingalls Wilder

A little house in a shaded neighborhood, nestled in a planned suburb for the workers of George Westinghouse’s modern marvel of a company, part of an experimental utopian ideal in which executives, head engineers, and machinists live side by…

This is your perspective.

Your singular view. The area between where you stand and the object of your attention. A matter of distance — of time and space. The closer you stand, the details become more pronounced, though the sum of parts escapes your frame of vision. …

I hear them first. The many timbres of voices rising and falling in conversation, the bright sizzle of a hot pan, a quick pop as a bottle of wine opens, the click and clack of dog claws pacing across the wooden floor, the yawning open and shut of the oven…

Bristlecone Pine. © Ansel Adams

The stillness envelops the hills and valleys like a soft mist. Lulled by the waking, sitting, pacing, and sleeping, each foggy day melts into the one ahead and falls in line with the ones behind.

The homes, their day-lit moments once spent in silent and watchful anticipation, now adopt new…

Eastern Wyoming is an endless landscape of arid grassland dotted with the occasional antelope and constant invasion of oil companies, coal processing plants, and signs that read “blast area — stay clear of orange cloud”. …

Illustration by Garth Williams

“Be still and cool in thine own mind and spirit.”

— George Fox, Founder of the Society of Friends

I attended Quaker Meeting in West Falmouth, MA, for the first time on Sunday. This new attention to the religious life came about when I discovered that on my maternal grandmother’s…

“I don’t have any idea of who or what God is. But I do believe in some great spiritual power. I feel it particularly when I’m out in nature. It’s just something that’s bigger and stronger than what I am or what anybody is. I feel it. …

Jennica Deely

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