"WE of the highly educated classes (so called) have most of us got far, far away from Nature. We are trained to seek the choice, the rare, the exquisite exclusively, and to overlook the common. We are stuffed with abstract conceptions, and glib with verbalities and verbosities [speaking of being glib with verbosities]; and in the culture of these higher functions the peculiar sources of joy connected with our simpler functions often dry up, and we grow stone-blind and insensible to life's more elementary and general goods and joys."
- William James (1842-1910) pioneering American psychologist and philosopher
This time of the year, simple field mustard (Brassica rapa) can turn a vacant lot into something not quite so vacant.
- Photo taken in South Knoxville in often over-looked Vestal.