“…by chance, he goes to tea where he has a Madeleine, this little French pastry, and the taste and flavor of the Madeleine liberates his involuntary memory, and the whole period of his childhood rushes back to his mind.

“It took this thing, this pastry, to trigger the memory, and that tells me that memory is not something in our psyches, in some invisible space inside our heads….

“Our cultural memory is embodied in things, in buildings, in landscapes, in statutes and cemeteries and all sorts of places, and the forest is a place that holds very deep memories for the human psyche. If we lose those forests, we’re going to lose access to that memory.”

– Robert Harrison in an interview about his book, Forests: In the Shadow of Civilization

“1960 – Grandma on her (now my) porch.”
Photo © Amy Cox

From Looking Into The Past pool at Flickr

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