When Writing and Life Intersect: Hidden Treasures

A few months ago, I wrote a post about Peter Brown’s book, The Curious Garden — a story about a young boy who turns an abandoned piece of land into a place of beauty, creativity and community. If you read the Author’s Note in the back of Brown’s book, he talks about the inspiration for his story: The High Line, and old rail line that was used to carry freight trains above Manhattan.

I don’t know which came first, Brown’s book or the High Line Park. Either way, both are beautiful.

high line

From The Morning News: “…[T]he beauty of the High Line lies in the evidence that, even in Manhattan, plants can and do just take root and grow. Coneflower, lamb’s ears, onion grass, and clover. “

I’ve been to New York City once, years ago. If I ever get back there again (especially in the summer), you’ll know where to find me.

Will you use the faith you’ve found to re-shape the world around?
(from the hymn, Will You Come and Follow Me)

What’s hidden in your city?

photo credits: “high line” by apasciuto on Flickr; in the trees by Barry Munger (via The High Line website image gallery)


4 responses to “When Writing and Life Intersect: Hidden Treasures

  1. Isn’t that the most incredible book. Yes, it’d be on my to-see-list for any NYC visit, too.

    • I just love the book! I bought a copy for my daughter’s daycare class, as a token of appreciate for all they did for her (and us), and I really want to go back and get a copy for myself. I mean, my kids….

  2. I haven’t read it. Sounds wonderful!

  3. I haven’t been to NYC in a couple of years and didn’t know about this park. I love some of the things that have happened on old railroad beds. My first bicycle rail-trail experience was in Wisconsin, followed by many others in Massachusetts. Shelburne Falls, MA has built a “bridge of flowers” across the Deerfield River on its old railroad bed.

    Thanks for sharing this.

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