THE EVENING QUIET:
A Cultural Initiative for Some Peace of Mind
How to observe the Evening Quiet?
It's as “ease-filled” as this:
After supper (LONG 'Round 7:00pm) assemble on your porch, front steps,
OR ON THE GRASS UPON A QUILT...OR AT YOUR HEARTH IF IT’S CHILLY
…And Be as visible & quiet as IS possiblE, for one hour (7:00pm-8:00pm).
Detach from MODERN devices and ANCIENT divisiveness.
THIS VIGIL IS a quiet stand IN THESE NOISY & DIFFICULT TIMES,
to think through what we should all do next
IN THE rested MORNING, IN OUR BETTER TOMORROW.
Join your family, friends, colleagues & neighbors, for as many evenings as you wish.
"Yes!" = to knitting, drawing, reading, journaling, meditating...And "being."
What this isn't? = is political. This is a contemplative vigil.
Cerimon House is an arts & humanities organization, and The Evening Quiet is a Cultural Initiative inspired by an admiration and devotion to the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A Death in the Family by James Agee, and specifically to the amazingly pure preamble/prologue entitled Knoxville: Summer, 1915. This renowned piece of writing speaks to more focused times in America, being together with one's chosen family among the sounds of night; and evokes the twilight, that time before the natural darkness of sunset teases us into a sleep that readies us for yet another day. And so: in these particular present times, when things are chaotic, atilt, and dangerous, and good ole' proper kindness seems to be in short supply...we look to this piece of writing as an example of contemplation, to define one's sense of home and to find one's heart's desire. (And it is within our body's cellular memory still. Let us look-up from the cellular devices which tend to separate us.)
And please seek-out the Pulitzer Prize-winning work "A Death in the Family" by James Agee, published posthumously, and read the preamble/prologue entitled "Knoxville: Summer, 1915"...It’s a rhapsody of words, a poetic balm, and also inspired the lush musical composition of the same name, by composer Samuel Barber.
Original art for The Evening Quiet was created by Portland-based artist Annette Sabater,
as inspired by the written images in James Agee's "Knoxville: Summer, 1915".