Gardens of Awe and Folly

June 29th, 2016 Posted in Uncategorized

I just finished Vivian Swift’s new book, Gardens of Awe and Folly: A Traveler’s Journal on the Meaning of Life and Gardening. God I love Vivian Swift’s books. They are enchanting. Later, just a few hours after finishing it, I was staring into a garden around City Hall and the Tweed Courthouse. It was night and fireflies came out. I never see fireflies, I was so thrilled, and it was all so magical and lovely and I thought, I’m having a Vivian Swift garden moment! Which was also a moment of saudade (she explains this in the book).

I’m trying to think of a way to explain what it’s like reading her writing. Her other book When Wanderers Cease to Roam has this same effect. I’ll just go with explaining the after effect. When you put the book down you’re left with the feeling that everything is going to be okay, even if and when bad things happen. And there is beauty and mystery everywhere and remarkable moments can happen at any time.

A photo shoot I passed by recently. An assistant is arranging the model’s hair. I love how her crown came out kinda glow-y.


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  1. 3 Responses to “Gardens of Awe and Folly”

  2. By Julia on Jun 29, 2016

    From the sounds of it, they should have done that model shoot in your firefly garden. I need to go reread Swift’s “Wanderers”. I could use that ‘things are going to be okay’ feeling again.

    Apropos of anxiety, this is an interesting article:

  3. By Stacy Horn on Jun 30, 2016

    Thank you! I will check that article out!

  4. By Stacy Horn on Jun 30, 2016

    Also, I hope you get a ‘things are going to be okay’ feeling soon.

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