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Old 01-29-2008, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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When I read how passionately many of us feel about places... whether Oregon, or Florida, Texas or New York, I thought this quote would be appropriate. Edward Abbey said it very well. The following was in the "Writer's Almanac" this morning.

It's the birthday of novelist and essayist Edward Abbey, (books by this author) born in Indiana, Pennsylvania (1927).

He wrote Desert Solitaire (1968) in response to the love he had of the desert.

Desert Solitaire begins: "This is the most beautiful place on earth. There are many such places. Every man, every woman, carries in heart and mind the image of the ideal place, the right place, the one true home, known or unknown, actual or visionary. A houseboat in Kashmir, a view down Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, a gray gothic farmhouse two stories high at the end of a red dog road in the Allegheny Mountains, a cabin on the shore of a blue lake in spruce and fir country, a greasy alley near the Hoboken waterfront, or even, possibly, for those of a less demanding sensibility, the world to be seen from a comfortable apartment high in the tender, velvety smog of Manhattan, Chicago, Paris, Tokyo, Rio or Rome - there's no limit to the human capacity for the homing sentiment."

~Edward Abbey



Home is such a big thing to me. It is not about bricks and sticks. It is about creating a place in which to live out the intimacy of our lives: our families, our passions, our day to day habits... It is where our hearts are, whether we are actually there or not. I think most of us have a sense of where Home is - or was, or yet will be.

I moved a lot in my life, and my own journey "home" took many more years than I would have thought. My passion is helping others home. It is a matter of heart.

So, Happy Birthday Edward!
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Old 01-29-2008, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Bend, OR
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My good friend had the fortune to have lunch with Edward Abbey back in the 70's. She really did not like him because he brought so many people to the desert southwest, her escape. However, after spending the afternoon with him her opinion changed. She said he was one of the most humble and gentle men she got a chance to meet.

So, yes, Happy Birthday Edward Abbey! HAYDUKE LIVES!!!!!
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Old 01-29-2008, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, which as I understand was once upon a time ago part of the United States of America
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You guys are misspelling his name. It's 'Albee'.
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Old 01-29-2008, 10:38 PM
 
Location: Wallace, Idaho
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You guys are misspelling his name. It's 'Albee'.
No, no! There's Edward Albee the playwright, and Edward Abbey the novelist and environmental activist. Two different guys.
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Old 01-30-2008, 03:07 PM
 
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Some of his faves are the famous "desert solitaire" and "fools progress". Check them out of your library. Good author.
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Old 01-31-2008, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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My good friend had the fortune to have lunch with Edward Abbey back in the 70's. She really did not like him because he brought so many people to the desert southwest, her escape. However, after spending the afternoon with him her opinion changed. She said he was one of the most humble and gentle men she got a chance to meet.

So, yes, Happy Birthday Edward Abbey! HAYDUKE LIVES!!!!!
Thanks for the story... Nice to link that together with what I've heard!
Guess it's a good thing we don't all want to live in the same place.
Bests,
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