Archive for the ‘Favorite Dana Quotes’ Category

Though I didn’t grow up on a farm…

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: January 19th, 2012

“Though I didn’t grow up on a farm, I’ve been attracted to them all my life. When in 1972 I finally came to buy my own home, it was a farm. My psychological roots grew instantly into its cold, rocky soil. I have tried several times to leave it, reasoning that I could write more if I didn’t spend so [...]

How do we appreciate the good…

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: January 19th, 2012

“How do we appreciate the good without letting it be the enemy of the perfect? How do we keep a step in the right direction from becoming a stopping point? How do we get beyond shades of insipid light green?”

… on joy

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: January 19th, 2012

“It’s because of the people who are working toward sustainability, and because of my own experience, that I know how quickly the decision to go that direction, though it may start out with a feeling of sacrifice, turns into a lifetime of rejoicing.”

If we believe that it’s effectively over…

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: February 2nd, 2001

“If we believe that it’s effectively over, that we are fatally flawed, that the most greedy and short-sighted among us will always be permitted to rule, that we can never constrain our consumption and destruction, that each of us is too small and helpless to do anything, that we should just give up and enjoy our SUVs while they last, [...]

Every five years…

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: February 2nd, 2001

“Every five years the world’s climatologists assess current knowledge about global warming. Their latest report was just released. It erases any doubt about where this warming is coming from and warns that we ain’t seen nothing yet. If we keep spewing out greenhouse gases according to pattern, we will see three to ten times more warning over the 21st century [...]

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