2 June 2011

Winter

Inuit woman adjusting seal-oil lamp. via Denver Museum

"The ice glittered in the light of the lamp, and heat and cold dwelt 
here together in theirfamiliar contrast. I shall never cease to chant
the beauty of the seal-oil lamp; and here again I asked myself, 
How can a length of cotton wick, fashioned into a saw-toothed strip 
and floating on melted blubber, spread such an astonishing measure
of friendliness and companionship? From this glow there emanates
the warmth and the security that constitute the true and inner meaning
of the word home."
-Gontran De Poncins, Kabloona

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