What can we do? Step to the side. Give her the right-of-way. Kneel.

Has anyone been face-to-face with evolution? The other day I was eye-to-eye with a Galápagos tortoise that had spent three months walking from the top of the volcano down to the sea to lay her eggs at night on the island of Isabela. In the slow, deliberate nature of her world, she upholds twelve million years of perfection. Beauty is the origin of wonder. What enables her to live eighteen months without food or water? Does a fast predicated by drought or famine become spiritual? What can we do for the tortoise? Step to the side. Give her the right-of-way. Kneel.

~ Terry Tempest Williams, Erosion: Essays of Undoing (Sarah Crichton Books, October 8, 2019)


  • Inspiration? I’m searching for my next book. I can’t find it. For some reason I’m drawn to this book. I engage. I’m tempted to drop it, but something keeps pulling me forward. 1/3 of the way in. I wouldn’t recommend it to my friends (yet). But there is something in these essays that won’t let me go. A Teacher teaching, interspersed with meditations, that makes it more important than anything that I’ve read in years. Onward.  Let’s see what’s ahead.
  • Photo: Giant tortoise on Pinzon Island, Galapagos. Rory Stansbury, Island Conservation/Flickr


  1. in awe of her

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  2. Yes kneel. Be in awe! 👏👏

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  3. Need more expressions of awe towards nature these days. Deeply troubled by the way the pendulum is swinging…

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  4. Amen – step aside…

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  5. She simple and real. I love her. And the book is a treat.

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  6. Nature is awesome and we need to genuflect before her…


  7. She is everything that is beautiful and to be cherished. Humanity has a lot to learn off her about the deeper meaning of beauty 🙂

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  8. I love her, David. Cher xo

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  9. Nature is us. We are nature.

    It is our tendency to separate ourselves from the ‘nature’ we revere that separates us from our true nature.

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  10. “…the origin of wonder…”

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  11. a powerful image with beautiful and humbling words to match. thanks for sharing.

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  12. Bloody good read

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  13. Love the picture and the sentiment. BTW, I’m currently reading and loving “The Library Book” by Susan Orleans…

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  14. One of our neighbours has a tortoise. It came with the house. And the owners before them who sold them the house, had it coming with the house too……. Plus they are away very often and for longer periods. The tortoise just goes on about her/his business. A few shady/covered/quiet places, some turned-over flower pots, and all is well. Admirable and unusual – a miracle of Mother Nature.

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  15. Since I get a lot of my reading list from you, David, I have nothing to offer right now! Sorry.

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