I started to title this “Research is a Bitch,” but then I decided, no, I’m not giving in like that. Research is my bitch. I am the queen of research. Yes, a quote by Wallace Stegner has taken me three hours to cite because the original source was hard to locate. But so what? I found the Stegner quote in the first place and it’s a really good quote for this proposal I’m writing. It says everything I could want to say:
“Neither the country nor the society we built out of it can be healthy until we stop raiding and running, and learn to be quiet part of the time, and acquire the sense not of ownership but of belonging … Only in the act of submission is the sense of place realized and a sustainable relationship between people and earth established.”
And the citation? I found it, thanks to intrepid research:
Stegner, Wallace. “The Sense of Place.” Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs: Living and Writing in the West. New York: Random House, 1992. Originally commissioned and published in pamphlet form by the Wisconsin Humanities Committee, 1986.
Research is my bitch. I own it.
[So there. I wrote an “aside.” And I guess titles for “aside” formats are at the end of the piece (see below), which kinda messes up that whole first sentence.]