The Joy of Berries

It’s easy to laugh in the blueberry field, staccato plink and plunk as berries plummet into the pail, and you hear children banter in a dozen languages among the green rows. 

– Kim Stafford, from “Easy Pickings”

Starting on February 11, 2021, Santa Sabina Center’s will offer an Online Writing Retreat with Kim Stafford: “Speak Beauty to Power.” To learn more and/or register for our online retreats and offerings, please go to: http://www.santasabinacenter.org/retreats-page

Plant a Tree

Shall oil burn the sky? Or can 
human wisdom like a sapling
grow taller, greener, more generous? 
How can we know what lies ahead? 
Plant a tree, and see.

– Kim Stafford, from “2519”

Starting on February 11, 2021, Santa Sabina Center’s will offer an Online Writing Retreat with Kim Stafford: “Speak Beauty to Power.” To learn more and/or register for our online retreats and offerings, please go to: http://www.santasabinacenter.org/retreats-page

The Fruit of a Gentle Life

. . . a life of kind words and gentle 
gestures, planting seeds and seeking 
peace—where could that lead? 

– Kim Stafford, from “Connect the Dots”

Starting on February 11, 2021, Santa Sabina Center’s will offer an Online Writing Retreat with Kim Stafford: “Speak Beauty to Power.” To learn more and/or register for our online retreats and offerings, please go to: http://www.santasabinacenter.org/retreats-page

What Is the Message of the Forest?

While riding our bikes along a path in the forest, the sun spangling through the trees into our eyes, young Guthrie called over his shoulder: “Dad! Maybe the sun through the trees is doing Morse Code telling us the meaning of life!” A little further on, he called back: “But every forest would have a different message. Maybe there are thousands of meanings of life!”

– Kim Stafford, from “Thousands of Meanings of Life”

Starting on February 11, 2021, Santa Sabina Center’s will offer an Online Writing Retreat with Kim Stafford: “Speak Beauty to Power.” To learn more and/or register for our online retreats and offerings, please go to: http://www.santasabinacenter.org/retreats-page

Gratitude for What Is Given

The waves and the wind have a kinship in that cove I’ve not seen anywhere else. There’s a place out on the water I call Salt Taste, because of how the wind whips and water spits around the rocks. The wind spins past the headland, and the waves lurch and boil. Wind and wave is a single principle in that spot. When I smell salt there, I understand. You taste what’s given, and be grateful.

– Kim Stafford, from “Coffee at the Eavesdrop Cafe,” Wind on the Waves: Stories of the Oregon Coast

Starting on February 11, 2021, Santa Sabina Center’s will offer an Online Writing Retreat with Kim Stafford: “Speak Beauty to Power.” To learn more and/or register our for online retreats and offerings, please go to: http://www.santasabinacenter.org/retreats-page

To Be a Dancer

If you want to be a dancer,” she said, “If you want to dance with another, you will listen to moving water. You will start with steps, and then learn pure flow.

– Kim Stafford, from “The Play of Moving Water,” Wind on the Waves: Stories of the Oregon Coast

Starting on February 11, 2021, Santa Sabina Center’s will offer an Online Writing Retreat with Kim Stafford: “Speak Beauty to Power.” To learn more and/or register for our online retreats and offerings, please go to: http://www.santasabinacenter.org/retreats-page

Gifts of a Grateful Soul

A lack of a daily tonic of gratitude results in an anemic soul, which, in turn, contributes to a physical sense of listlessness. A grateful soul, on the other hand, is vibrant and animated and so permeates your body with zest and with an enjoyment of a life littered with gifts.

– Edward Hays

To learn more and/or register for Santa Sabina Center online retreats and offerings, please go to: http://www.santasabinacenter.org/retreats-page

On What Is Our Hope Based?

Above all, hope is based on relationships, on a collaborative connection with people as well as a higher power.

– Louise Danielle Palmer

To learn more and/or register for Santa Sabina Center online retreats and offerings, please go to: http://www.santasabinacenter.org/retreats-page

Why Is This a Wonderful Day?

This a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.

– Maya Angelou

To learn more and/or register for Santa Sabina Center online retreats and offerings, please go to: http://www.santasabinacenter.org/retreats-page

The First Step

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

Stairway in the U.S. Supreme Court Building

To learn more and/or register for Santa Sabina Center online retreats and offerings, please go to: http://www.santasabinacenter.org/retreats-page