MARJORY’S WORLD by Rebecca Reeve

“The miracle of light pours over the green and brown expanse of saw grass and of water, shining and slowly moving, the grass and the water that is the meaning and the central fact of the Everglades. It is a river of grass.” - Marjory Stoneman Douglas

In Holland in the 1600s,  during the wake of the deceased, it was customary to cover all mirrors, landscape paintings and portraits in the home with cloths. It was believed this would make it easier for the soul to leave the body and subdue any temptations for it to stay in this world.

The ritual seemed, by extension, to be a confirmation of the deeply moving experience that one often feels in the natural environment, and thus provided both a literal and contextual frame within which to shoot the Everglades, a portal from the domestic into the wilderness. The curtains, all purchased from Goodwill and Salvation Army stores in south Florida, represent a ‘social fabric’ with a history already attached to them. In our increasingly urban existence that ever distances us from the wilderness experience, the drapes serve as visual connectors to the familiar.

Wellesley Wednesday on 4/23 @ 12:30pm – Julian Agyeman from Tufts University speaking on:

Just Sustainabilities:  Re-Imagining Equality, Living within Limits PNE Atrium, Lunch Will be Served Please help spread the word!   “Julian Agyeman is a professor of Urban + Environmental Policy + Planning at Tufts University.  He is an environmental social scientists, journal editor, and author.  His talk will outline his concept of "just sustainabilities” - how to improve people’s quality of life, now and into the future, in a just and equitable manner while living within the limits of supporting ecosystems.“

The Everglades: “There are no other Everglades in the world … Nothing anywhere else is like them: their vast glittering openness … the racing free saltness and sweetness of their massive winds, under the blue heights of space … the simplicity, the diversity, the related harmony of the forms of life they enclose … It is a river of grass.” –Marjory Stoneman Douglas (whose birthday it is today–thanks, Writer’s Almanac, for telling me that.)

In one native tongue, called Pa-May-Okee (“grassy water”).

One of the first thing we heard this morning is that today is #internationalcatday. As such we went looking for some fine feline friends and found this picture of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, “Mother of the Everglades” with her cat, outside of her home in Coconut Grove, FL.

From the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Papers (ASM0060). #librariesofinstagram #specialcollections #worldcatday #coconutgrove #marjorystonemandouglas #catsofinstagram #cat #catgram