Checking Annie's 'Cool Blog' section has resulted in finding some very cool blogs and enjoyable blogs, the latest being Pocket Farm. Do you not love that name and the image it creates? Liz has a lovely post about her morning walk and the landscape from which she draws inner peace.
Edward Abbey was the first author who put into words the need for landscape and wild, untouched places. I grew up traveling all over the USA and visited many historic and beautiful places, all by car (and before the age of 17). From a tender age we visited and camped in many wonderful spots within our unique State of Utah, too. There are few people who have had so many opportunities to travel in this way. There are, incredibly, few residence within this state who have visited its wild, unique and picturesque places...just as there are many in this valley who rarely take a trip up into the beautiful canyons which are mere moments from their front door. That may be a very good thing, actually.
Terry Tempest Williams' book Refuge helped me to understand why I love Utah so, why it gets into the blood and won't let go, and why we stay even when we have to strive every day to make sense of the way things are. There is something larger than us which is so apparent in this landscape, a landscape that can be visited on a whim, one that is within a 5 minute or a 5 hour drive.
Cassie has found refuge and solace in her cityscapes. Just look at her Saturday pictures and her post of The Gates. You can't escape, nor should you, the land that forms who you are, that brings you peace, solace, relief and reward. You can find that landscape within your own heart, too.
Find your landscape, whether it is within or without, and remember there is real meaning in the words 'to be grounded'.