"I began to reflect on Nature's eagerness to sow life everywhere...
That immense, overwhelming, relentless, burning ardency of Nature for the stir of life."
—Henry Beston, The Outermost House
I enjoyed watching this little Douglas squirrel scamper up and down an old cedar stump. He kept going back to get another helping of goodies. He was ravenous, and he ate cones like corn on the cob—one after the other. He needed to replenish his energy after a long, cold and snowy winter.
I find I need the same thing after an intense (and sometimes cold!) writing season. Refreshing the spirit is important, and returning to a favorite book helps to fill up my creative energy stores again. I often turn to The Outermost House by Henry Beston—the closest thing to poetry that still counts as prose.
This tiny squirrel has the right idea—to fill up with good things for the spring season.