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The Morning Hour

Borderland Books

Meditations and awakenings

The morning is that time of day, Henry David Thoreau wrote in Walden, “when I am awake and there is a dawn in me.” For nearly a half century, Richard Quinney has treasured a quiet morning hour for meditation on experiences and events of his daily life: personal relationships, thoughts and dreams, geographical moves, illness and recovery, books read and music heard, research and reflection on the lives of his ancestors, and everything that has seemed of importance to him at that moment.

Tending to that precious morning hour was a habit formed in Quinney’s early years and persisted as an urgent need for reflection, to give meaning to existence in a most mysterious world. “Recording my experiences, placing them in a spiritual and intellectual context, became my work and my joy,” he writes. “I could not have lived otherwise.”

“In the morning hour, I have been thinking and writing about enlightenment and the world of dreams. It has become imperative to me, in my eighty times around the sun, to devote my morning hours to these essential concerns.”
—Richard Quinney


Author. Photo credit, Name Richard Quinney has documented in a series of books a life course that combines the everyday world of experience with the transcendent dimension of human existence. His many books include Journey to a Far Place, For the Time Being, Where Yet the Sweet Birds Sing, Once Again the Wonder, and A Lifetime Burning. His years of photographing, with similar meditative attention, are illustrated in the books Things Once Seen, Once upon an Island, A Sense Sublime, and Diary of a Camera.




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The Morning Hour
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April 2016
LC: 2015909516
176 pp. 5½ x 8½

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ISBN 978-0-9965052-1-5
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