Under Santa Fe Skies

by Susan Tungate

On the 18th Anniversary of His Passing

“One merges into another, groups melt into ecological groups until the time when what we know as life meets and enters what we think of as non-life: barnacle and rock, rock and earth, earth and tree, tree and rain and air…And it is a strange thing that what most of the feeling call religious… is really understanding and attempt to say that man is related to the whole thing, related inextricably to all reality, known and unknowable. This is a simple thing to say, but the profound feeling of it made a Jesus, a St. Augustine, a St. Frances, a Roger Bacon, a Charles Darwin and an Einstein. Each of them in his own tempo and with his own voice-discovered and reaffirmed with astonishment the knowledge that all things are one thing and that one thing is all things-plankton, a shimmering phosphorescence on the sea and spinning planets and the expanding universe, all bound together by the elastic string of time.”

The Log from the Sea of Cortez by John Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts

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