Barbara Hurd

Barbara Hurd is the author of Stirring the Mud: On Swamps, Bogs, and Human Imagination. From Entering the Stone: On Caves and Feeling Through the Dark, © 2003 by Barbara Hurd. Reprinted with permission of Houghton Mifflin.


On Silence

Those who are fond of retreats—writers, ecstatics, parents with young children—often comment on the silence such time away allows. Silence becomes something present, almost palpable. The task shifts from keeping the world at a safe decibel distance to letting more of the world in. Thomas Aquinas said that beauty arrests motion. He meant, I think, […]

By Barbara Hurd
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