"Trees have a curious relationship to the subject of the present moment. There are many created things in the universe that outlive us, that outlive the sun, even, but I can't think about them. I live with trees."
Annie Dillard, naturalist and author of the Pulitzer-Prize winning American classic, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.
I have long considered Annie Dillard our contemporary Thoreau and think of Tinker Creek as a latter-day Walden Pond -a spiritual jumping off place tucked snugly between the heavens and Earth. Like my other favorite essayist, Loren Eiseley, Dillard has a gimlet-eyed view of nature that borders on the poetic: "It is ironic that the one thing that all religions recognize as separating us from our creator, our very self-consciousness, is also the one thing that divides us from our fellow creatures. It was a bitter birthday present from evolution."
Posted by Casey Kazan
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