The Blue Flower

Literature, Nature, Transcendence

Welcome to The Blue Flower!  The Blue Flower is a passion project of contemplative writing, an inspirational blog where I reflect on and synthesize observations, ideas, and experiences that heighten awareness, quicken the imagination, and fuel spiritual curiosity. The blue flower is a literary symbol, originating with German Romanticism, that represents a longing for beauty and the transcendent. You can learn more about the significance of the blue flower as a symbol in my "About" section.


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What the White Man Sees

“We know that the white man does not understand our ways. One portion of land is the same to him as the next, for he is a stranger who...

Places Explain People

“Places explain people." ~David Garnett, British author and publisher and member of the Bloomsbury group Have you ever fallen in love...

Wanting What You Have

"Try to want what you have instead of spending your strength trying to get what you want.” ~Abraham L. Feinberg Every day we have...

Out of the Mud

“How significant that the rich, black mud of our dead stream produces the water lily -- out of that fertile slime springs this spotless...

Less and Less

“The life of sensation is the life of greed; it requires more and more. The life of the spirit requires less and less.” ~Annie Dillard I...

Beautiful and Useful

'Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be beautiful or believe to be useful' - William Morris Most people living in America...

That Place of Permission

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” ~Anais Nin won’t you celebrate with me what i have shaped into a kind of life?...

Beauty and Bread

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and...

Everyday Transcendence

“Between the stimulus and the response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our...

The Blue Flower

“The desire of the moth for the star, Of the night for the morrow, The devotion of something afar From the sphere of our sorrow.”...

Translucence

TRANSLUCENCE by Denise Levertov Once I understood (till I forget, at least) the immediacy of new life, Vita Nova, redemption not stuck in...

Life Stand Still Here

Sometime in March I projected ahead and planned to write this entry around Mother’s Day. Then, with recalibrating during this time of...