"It just may be that the most radical act we can commit is to stay home. What does that mean to finally commit to a place, to a people, to a community?
"It doesn't mean it's easy, but it does mean you can live with patience, because you're not going to go away. It also means commitment to bear witness, and engaging in 'casserole diplomacy' by sharing food among neighbors, by playing with the children and mending feuds and caring for the sick. These kinds of commitment are real. They are tangible. They are not esoteric or idealistic, but rooted in the bedrock existence of where we choose to maintain our lives.
"That way we begin to know the predictability of a place. We anticipate a species long before we see them. We can chart the changes, because we have a memory of cycles and seasons; we gain a capacity for both pleasure and pain, and we find the stregnth within ourselves and each other to hold these lines.
"That's my definition of family. And that's my definition of love."
- Terry Tempest Williams
(interviewed by Derrick Jensen in Listening to the Land: Conversations about Nature, Culture, and Ethos)