Category Archives: Teaching a Stone to Talk

Teaching a stone to talk

This is rich fare and my first venture into the remarkable worlds of Annie Dillard.

Here’s some quotes that jumped at me:

“It is difficult to undo our own damage, and to recall to our presence that which we have asked to leave.  It is hard to desecrate a grove and change your mind.  The very holy mountains are keeping mum.  We doused the burning bush and cannot rekindle it, we are lighting matching matches in vain under every green tree.” (page 88)

“Caution passes for wisdom around here” (page 99)

A strkingly gracious description of Fundamentalist Christians

“They live and work in the same world as we, and know the derision they face from people whose areas of ignorance are perhaps different, who dismantled their mangers when they moved to town and threw out the baby with the straw.” (page 119)