Ursula K. Le Guin, 1929-2018
Only in silence the word,
Only in dark the light,
Only in dying life:
Bright the hawk’s flight on the empty sky.
– The Creation of Ea
My burrow, "La Maison du Hibou Sous Terre" is located on the flatlands of West Texas where I live with my computer, my books, and a lot of yarn waiting to become something.
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One of our brightest stars winked out last Monday. Ms. LeGuin gave the above speech in 2014. It was true then, it is even more true now. She writes like she speaks, pithily and to the point, choosing her words wisely, and making every one count.
The made-up books she wrote were powerful and True. (All the best made-up books are True. That is what makes them the best.) If you read her books and think about what she wrote and why she wrote it and how it relates to the human condition, — and if you will let her — she will crowbar open the windows of your mind, throw ope the shutters, and let in the fresh air and sunlight.
From all I read and hear from those who knew her, Ursula LeGuin was a light-bringer, an illuminator. It is a trait well worth emulating. No matter whatever else you might be or do, also be a light-bringer. Bring light to all those whose lives you touch; share your light, pass it along, let others light their candle from yours and shine forth, adding their own light to the world.
When one candle gutters and goes out, it behooves us other candles to burn that much brighter and to share our light with still others, so that the light is not diminished, but increased.