Monday, April 30, 2012

Slower Pleasures

Park, 2012
We forget that there is a thrill that attends the slower pleasures, pleasures that become increasingly powerful the more time we spend pursuing them.

~Mark Strand

via the PARIS REVIEW

34 comments:

  1. What a beautiful photograph, Denise.
    Those words are so true...

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    1. I've been investigating Mark Strand lately, his poetry, articles, interviews. He's an interesting person.

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  2. yep, so important. tranquil and lovely.

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    1. And I know you know about such things, Janis.

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  3. I want to sit on that bench. Not sit and.... no. Just sit.

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  4. Hear hear. One of the things I appreciate about my vision loss is that it's caused me to slow down to navigate, notice and enjoy the slower pleasures. I adore this photo Denise! I hope you are still healing well.

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    1. Sometimes it is the challenges that remind us of the good things in life.

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  5. Look at those colours and the stunning contrast! That's my kinda place where I could read for hours. I'm totoally with you and Mark Strand on the slower pleasures.

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    1. It's a nice reading park, and many sweet dogs visit.

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  6. These words resonate with me. Thank you for sharing the article too!

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    1. Hi, Alexandria. It is a long interview, as many in the Paris Review are, but a good one.

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  7. My life as a mother has led me to such slow pleasures. Lately a walk along the Hudson River while Roman sleeps, looking at the few interesting trees and plantings that this urban concrete jungle has to offer has me quite thrilled (especially the ferns and the violets).

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    1. Hi, Nicole. Urban nature. Yes. I like finding the persistent little flowers that sneak up through cracks in the pavement.

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  8. how very true - so easy to forget, yet so pleasurable when one remembers. thank you for the reminder.
    I do hope you are quite well and recovered from your earlier incident.
    Annie x

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    1. Hi, Annie. Not recovered quite yet, but working on it. I'm optimistic.

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  9. love this post. i need to seek out some of mark strand's work. thank you, d.

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    1. Thanks, Shari. I really enjoyed Blizzard of One.

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  10. I've only recently discovered your thoughtful and beautiful blog and this post especially spoke to me today. I could happily sit in that picture above, with a cup of tea and a book, drinking in the afternoon. Thank you for sharing:)

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    1. Oh, good. I hope you find such a place, Georgia.

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  11. Wise words. I have to force myself to stop working and appreciate those pleasures.

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  12. ...like Sunday morning's paper accompanied by tea... which I have been patiently awaiting for all week...

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  13. Hello. Last day of my very rain-soaked vacation though today the sun is shining warm and bright. To prepare myself to return to work tomorrow & because I'm feeling a bit melancholy, I've decided to come here this afternoon and pursue some slower pleasures. I've peeked ahead at the posts I've missed -- and know I've made a wise decision on how to spend the next half hour or so.

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  14. Beautiful! Both - picture and words.

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