I have been finding treasures in places I did not want to search. I have been hearing wisdom from tongues I did not want to listen. I have been finding beauty where I did not want to look. And I have learned so much from journeys I did not want to take. Forgive me, O Gracious One; for I have been closing my ears and eyes for too long. I have learned that miracles are called miracles because they are often witnessed by only those who can can see through all of life’s illusions. I am ready to see what really exists on other side, what exists behind the blinds, and taste all the ugly fruit instead of all that looks right, plump and ripe.
―Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem
I have diligently disciplined my life to search out life’s gifts in the very places where society mistakenly says life stores its scraps. And I am constantly amazed that in the treasure trove that surrounds me, I stand in the company of so few.
―Craig D. Lounsbrough
The fig tree grows its flowers strangely inside out, concealed within the soft interior of the fruit. Erszébet imagines the fig’s hidden fairy weight of seeds, grown in sweetness that is also a darkness. Like treasure in a cave.
―Jody Shields,The Fig Eater
Meet Ray Ives, who has been diving into the sea since 1965. For many years he was a professional diver working for salvage and oil companies. Now he devotes his time to underwater exploring and treasure seeking. He has a wonderful collection of things pulled from beneath the waters, some of it valuable, all of it precious to him. He speaks of the lure of glittering metal that keeps one digging until the very last breath of air is in the line. “Everybody wants gold and a mermaid.” Now he is retired and has all he wants, the sea, his collection, a modest boat for fishing, diving, and taking the young ladies out for a “look ’round”, and enough money for “ice cream once a week and a pint of beer.” What a delightful modern day pirate! This short film by Danny Cooke, Ray: A Life Underwater, will make you smile and might even make you feel a little jealous.