Illness invokes loss and a desire to absorb what one still has ..

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  1. JLH

    JLH New Member

    The Solace of Beauty ......


    As I've become stronger, the importance and solace of beauty never lessen.

    The colors of leaves - yellows, cinnabar, auburn, like teas - hold my attention every day. "Every now and then, in my waking moments, and especially when I am in the country, I stand and look hard at everything," writes William Maxwell in his essay "Nearing Ninety."

    Illness, like age, or a death, invokes loss and a desire to absorb intensely what one still has. I, too, want to stop and stare for long moments, to keep these colors with me.


    Source: from "Encounters with the Invisible: Unseen Illness, Controversy, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome", by CFS patient Dorothy Wall


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    In my garden, after a rainfall, you can faintly, yes, hear the breaking of new blooms.

    - Truman Capote




    [This Message was Edited on 10/01/2006]