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Tables to Farms
Dining Club: Bringing Tables to Farms, since 2000
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Fort Ti, June 2019
You think you know what is just and what is not. I understand. We all think we know." I had no doubt, myself, then, that at each moment each one of us, man, woman, child, perhaps even the poor old horse turning the mill-wheel, knew what was just: all creatures come into the world bringing with them the memory of justice. "But we live in a world of laws," I said to my poor prisoner, "a world of the second-best. There is nothing we can do about that. We are fallen creatures. All we can do is to uphold the laws, all of us, without allowing the memory of justice to fade.
J.M. Coetzee
Spring on Campus, May 2019
Any intelligent person knows that life is a beautiful thing and that the purpose of life is to be happy ... But it seems only idiots are ever happy. How can we explain this?
Orhan Pamuk
Walking to work through the Rock Creek Park, May 2019
One by one they were all becoming shades. Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age.
James Joyce
Tulips and Toddler Toys, Apr 2019
Where most people live, most of us, imagining it to be the real sunlit world when it is only a cave lit by the flickering fires of illusion.
E.L. Doctorow
Sometimes training drags on ... Jan 2019
If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.
Haruki Murakami
The Bible Salesman made bank on this one!
Make it a practice to judge persons and things in the most favorable light at all times and under all circumstances.
St. Vincent de Paul
My mother, in my mind, is the original votive candelist. To her, of course, they are tea lights. Dec 2019
The room was ringed by an amphitheater of figures of Anubis, and there was a portrait of Cagliostro (it could hardly have been of anyone else, could it?), a gilded mummy in Cheops format, two five-armed candelabra, a gong suspended from two rampant snakes, on a podium a lectern covered by calico printed with hieroglyphics, and two crowns, two tripods, a little portable sarcophagus, a throne, a fake seventeenth-century fauteuil, four unmatched chairs suitable for a banquet with the sheriff of Nottingham, and candles, tapers, votive lights, all flickering very spiritually.
Umberto Eco
A gift that gave. Jan 2019
We commit honest maniacs to Bedlam, so judges should be withdrawn from their bench, whose erroneous biases are leading us to dissolution.
Thomas Jefferson
We bought a soft cartop carrier to go up north. Christmas 2018
It's hard to be sad when you're being useful.
Noah Hawley
The Argyle Brewery took over the Cambridge Railway Depot. Washington County, NY. Dec 2018
Like the waters of the river, like the motorists on the highway, and like the yellow trains streaking down the Santa Fe tracks, drama, in the shape of exceptional happenings, had never stopped there.
Truman Capote
Xmas Eve, Bay Bridge sunset. Dec 2018
Day is ended, dim my eyes,
But journey long before me lies.
Farewell, friends! I hear the call.
The ship's beside the stony wall.
Foam is white and waves are grey;
Beyond the sunset leads my way.
Foam is salt, the wind is free;
I hear the rising of the Sea.
J.R. Tolkien
Full Moon Over Zoolights. Dec 2018
Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
Anton Chekhov
Infamous for my office lighting, I found a used lamp! Dec 2018
We do not truly see light, we only see slower things lit by it, so that for us light is on the edge-the last thing we know before things become too swift for us.
C.S. Lewis
This year's new ornament, a cocktail shaker, Dec 2018
Every gathering has its moment. As an adult, I distract myself by trying to identify it, dreading the inevitable downsing that is sure to follow.
David Sedaris
Red Square, early November 2018
The light which enlightens us bathes the whole of creation but it enters us through a narrow aperture.
John Main
ICC Skylight Reflection on Vinyl, Birthday's Eve, Dec 2018
Reflect upon your present blessings — of which every man has many -- not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
Charles Dickens
Eiffel Tower, Paris, December 2016
Can one think that because we are engineers, beauty does not preoccupy us or that we do not try to build beautiful, as well as solid and long lasting structures? Aren't the genuine functions of strength always in keeping with unwritten conditions of harmony?
Gustave Eiffel
Gobble! Gobble! Thanksgiving 2016
It's like being at the kids' table at Thanksgiving - you can put your elbows on it, you don't have to talk politics ... no matter how old I get, there's always a part of me that's sitting there.
John Hughes
Late Fall, Afternoon Sun. Parking deck in Silver Spring, MD circa fall 2016
The late afternoon sunlight, warm as oil, sweet as childhood ...
Stephen King
Homeward Bound. Entering Maryland from the North. Thanksgiving 2016
It was always Christmas at my grandparents' house, or Thanksgiving, or the Fourth of July, or somebody's birthday. There was always happiness there.
Bill Bryson