This is kind of a Christmas season serendipity. Monday night, Dec. 3, 2018, I was invited to a talk about Japanese Gardens by Koichi Kobayashi, a Japanese garden Landscape designer. Nancy was part of the audience. We connected because she is excited about “connection to nature, culture and each other”. The following is some of her research:
“I discovered that this ancient wisdom offered insights on what it means to be human in the face of wide-ranging disruptions and hardships that have always been inseparable parts of life on this planet. We all need a visceral connection to nature, culture, and each other to overcome despair and learn to live (and die) humbly, resolutely, and creatively in whatever circumstance we encounter. While I may never fully “grasp” the fabric of my life, the effort to ‘know’ this temple infused me with a late-life sense of wonder. I only wish that I had started down this path years earlier.
Musō’s intriguing life story, beautifully portrayed in A Zen Life in Nature: Musō Soseki in His Gardens, by Keir Davidson, was my starting point.” -Nancy Connery
I ordered the book.
There is unexpected enthusiasm for the suggestion that we form a support group for the Kintsugi Japanese Garden at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington. My vision is that this be a center piece when the “J” is listed on the city tour 100 years from now.
Personally, it makes me feel good about continuing to create and leave the legacy Sam and I started when we married on Christmas Eve 1961. We have five beautiful grandchildren that represent the future generations that can benefit from being, “In harmony with God, In harmony with Nature, In harmony with humanity” which is the message of the gardens.