The Kennett Paper. Chadds Ford, PA:
Why read it? I’m sure you have never heard of Ted Browning. He wrote essays on nature, specifically in
Sample Ideas and Quotes:
“He observed and interpreted nature for us, not as a scientist…but as one with a spiritual connection to nature on a par with the American Indians’ oneness with nature that Ted wrote about and admired so much.” D. Thomas, Editor, The Kennett Paper. p. xv.
“It was one of those familiar late-November days, gray as gun metal, cold and bleak….” p. 1.
“One of the greatest of the northern European solstice festivals was the celebration of Julmond on December 12. The word ‘Jul’ was transformed to ‘Yule”; it was derived from a Germanic word meaning ‘a turning wheel’ and evoked the sense of natural cycles—the ebb and flow of the seasons, the turning wheel of the sun.” p. 4.
“At Christmas I usually decorate a tree for the birds, garlanding a young hemlock just off the porch in strings of popcorn spotted with slices of apple and orange. I will never forget the spectacle one year of 12 male cardinals in that year’s Christmas tree, gleaming fiery red against the dark green Christmas tree in a snowy woodland landscape.” p. 7.
“If you looked real close, the huge flakes seemed like tiny parachutes.” p. 8.
“I would lump snow lovers into five basic categories: skiers, nostalgics, naturalists, children and adults who are still children inside.” p. 8.
“In describing the kind of snow…I use the following categories: flour, sugar, corn, granola, mashed potatoes, soup and rock candy.” p. 9.
“A cold front from the west brought the temperature down and the slush turned to rock candy; snow flurries dusted the rock candy with fine confectionary sugar.” p. 10.
“Somebody once said that developers often name their developments after what has been destroyed by the development:
“…worthy of entrance into that exclusive club referred to as ‘an old-fashioned winter.’ ” p. 19.
To be continued.