Words of Wisdom: Susan Hand Shetterly

Photo of Great Blue Heron in flight

“Today I know more about birds than I did. I know about their outline and their manner of flight. I don't always get it right. I never will. But when I catch the silhouette of a bird in the air or on the water, something about it often triggers the name, as if the sight of the bird matched a template I carry in my brain, in the place that stores patterns. This knowledge is like grace, a reward I did not earn. But that's the way grace comes.”

--Susan Hand Shetterly, Settled in the Wild: Notes from the edge of town (2010), p. 144-45

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