View from Flat Rock, NC
“An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered.
An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.”
G. K. Chesterton, 1874-1936
View from Unaka Mountain, looking towards Buffalo Mountain and Johnson City
“The greatness comes not when things go always good for you.
But the greatness comes when you’re really tested, when you
take some knocks, some disappointments, when sadness comes.
Because only if you’ve been in the deepest valley
can you ever know how magnificent it is
to be on the highest mountain.”
Richard Nixon, 1913-1994
View from Flat Rock, NC
“The created order is God’s handiwork
and at its best it is a pointer to the One we serve.
Even its brokenness, if we look along it. . . can tell us of him:
his grace, his mercy, his redemption.”
President, Wheaton College
“Conceiving the Christian College” (2004)
Pine Ridge Falls, Unicoi County
“It is a serious thing to live in a society of
possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest
and most uninteresting person you can talk to
may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now,
you would be strongly tempted to worship,
or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet,
if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree,
helping each other to one or other of these destinations.
It is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them,
that we should conduct all our dealings with one another,
all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics.
There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal.
Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations — these are mortal,
and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals
whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit –
immortal horrors or everlasting splendours.
This does not mean that we are to be perpetually solemn.
We must play. But our merriment must be of that kind
(and it is, in fact, the merriest kind) which exists
between people who have, from the outset,
taken each other seriously –
no flippancy, no superiority, no presumption.
And our charity must be a real and costly love,
with deep feeling for the sins in spite of which we love the sinner –
no mere tolerance, or indulgence
which parodies love as flippancy parodies merriment.”
C. S. Lewis, 1898-1963
Kiner Creek Falls, Laurel Run Park, Church Hill, TN
“The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others
and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us,
and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak,
the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.”
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 1815-1902
Social activist and leading figure of early woman’s movement
“The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
And Mother cuts
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze.”
John Updike, 1932-2009