old magazines & sanity

my poor photo from my Victoria magazine: Original photo by Toshi Otsuki for Victoria magazine, October 1992.

Periodically I go through my piles of magazines and weed some out. In looking through my old Victoria magazines I decided again to keep the oldest ones, because to me they’re timeless.

I quickly tossed the few copies of the newer version I’d tried to like, after quick thumb-throughs. Then I opened a 1992 issue and was, yet again, totally captured by the prose, the layout, the photography.

That’s just my point of view. Curiously, the older versions of Victoria are still for sale in varying places on-line. Maybe I’m not alone. 😉

My early years were spent in the ambiance of up-state New York—the Peekskill and the Catskill Mountains, the Hudson River, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle country.

That’s what I opened to in the October 1992 issue—an article on John Burroughs, with photos taken at the John Burroughs Sanctuary in up-state New York.

The photos are superb, taken by Toshi Otsuki, who had a magician’s skill in bringing just the right light to so much of Victoria.

That’s my idea of Autumn!

After sitting through televised news, it’s been wonderful to immerse myself in another world where the colours sooth my spirit, and the words are soulful. Burroughs wrote and spoke of nature as “the primal sanity.”

Hudson River Views
“Our matchless October day—the ripest best fruit of the weather system of our clime . . . The early frosts are over, and the fall heats are past, and the day is like a full-orbed mellow apple just clinging to the bough.”
Burrough’s Journal, October 1883

This charming 8+ minute silent film is “From the American Museum of Natural History Library, Special Collections. Recorded in 1919, this film documents a day in the life of great naturalist John Burroughs, during which he receives three young visitors. Recorded in prizma color.”

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6 thoughts on “old magazines & sanity”

    1. So glad you enjoyed the film. Agree with you – wish we knew who the children were. Wasn’t the little boy barefoot? But the girls had their proper shoes & socks on. So delightful!

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    1. Thank you so much for your comments! Am so glad you watched that 1919 film. It gave me some very calming thoughts ~ especially appropriate over here these days. And such a good reminder of how integral natural places and things are to a balanced life.
      Sending you thoughts of ☔️ ☔️ ☔️

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    1. My, thoughts also!
      Hope you haven’t been flooded in this rain.
      (BTW, your friend’s web site looks fantastic! Much better use of talent.)

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