BITS AND PIECES

Although there is plenty to look-out for in the valley, the beguiling business of Nature can hardly be expected to satisfy all our desires all the time. Chekov found consolation as well as joy in the Russian countryside, but also held fast to the belief that "A reasoned life without a definite outlook is not a life, but a burden and a horror." In the absence of meaning we cling to worthless yet time-consuming diversions and distractions. Yet a spiders web requires no verbal fanfare. According to Keats,"heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter."

MKS