"What makes a place special
is the way it buries itself inside the heart,
not whether it's flat or rugged, rich or austere,
wet or arid, gentle or harsh,
warm or cold, wild or tame.
Every place, like every person,
is elevated by the love and respect shown toward it,
and by the way in which its bounty is received.
- Richard Nelson, The Island Within
taken from The Circumference of Home
by Kurt Hoetling, who will be speaking
at St. Paul's this evening.
photo of Cypress Island, Washington State