“We are not all born at once, but by bits.
The body first, and the spirit later…
Our mothers are racked with the pains
of our physical birth;
we ourselves suffer the longer pains
of our spiritual growth.”
~ Mary Austin
Mary Hunter Austin (September 9, 1868 – August 13, 1934) was an American writer. One of the early nature writers of the American Southwest, her classic The Land of Little Rain (1903) describes the fauna, flora and people – as well as evoking the mysticism and spirituality – of the region between the High Sierra and the Mojave Desert of southern California.