Centers and roots

click on images for full-size:

Familiar trees and rocks

Familiar house and light

"I still think people need some place on earth that they can feel rooted in and confirmed by."

"But why does that have to be confined to one piece of space?"

"How can you feel rooted and settled and oriented if there's not one piece of land with its familiar trees and buildings and light . . . "

"Don't tell me about trees; I'm a nature spirit; I know that scene really well. Not great conversationalists, trees."

"You don't want conversation, you want locatedness, depth, roots."

"Roots they have. But you do want conversation. Don't confuse your personal desire for some locale that makes you feel good and calms you down -- maybe it resonates with your childhood -- with real places that gather together and affirm your values and social roles."