“As The Creator Intended”


“As the creator intended,” are words of author Henry Miller from the “Topographical,” placed at the beginning of his book Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch.  Thanks to Irene at the blog Reflections and Nightmares and for her friend who she had re blogged with the reference to this book. Anyone who follows Detective Harry Bosch almost has to get Miller’s book. Irene, if you read this, please acknowledge with thanks  to the blogger who suggested this book.

Miller is alluding to Big Sur, a place I used to visit in the nineteen sixties, mostly by car. It is one of those places in my memory I wish I had spent more time. Not in a car, but on foot. Having not seen it in forty plus years, I wonder what it looks like. How much is left of what Miller writes? “This is the California that men dreamed of years ago, this is the Pacific that Balboa looked out on from the Peak of Darien, this is the face of the earth as the creator intended it to look.”

His words are the face of my memory, even though limited to vantage points of route one’s view stops. I am not for looking through old picture books, whether in hand or in memories. I prefer to live in the present. What are the views I see everyday as the creator intended? Thankfully, I have a lot of them, how about you?

11 thoughts on ““As The Creator Intended”

  1. Carole Webber January 6, 2014 / 7:33 am

    How do we know what the creator intended ?

    • fictionfitz January 6, 2014 / 7:46 am

      It was there in the beginning??

  2. Carole Webber January 6, 2014 / 7:53 am

    Only God knows, some things are out of our realm.

    • fictionfitz January 6, 2014 / 7:54 am

      Looking at it in the beginning of man’s realm, I think we can assume what was there was God made.

  3. Carole Webber January 6, 2014 / 4:15 pm

    Creation is one of my favorite reflections. Yes, what began with God is sometimes still there but man has altered much of our landscapes. I keep favorite views of places I have been in my memory bank, to revisit the way they were when I first encountered them. For example the Grand Canyon. man placed a viewing , enclosed building where you can walk out a bit ( plus charges ) and look down, ruining a perfectly beautiful viewing area that was natural..
    There are other areas in the world that man has tampered with, we cannot improve God’s work
    I visited Big Sur about 25 years ago, it was beautiful then and I hope it remains so.

    • fictionfitz January 6, 2014 / 4:19 pm

      Exactly ! New question coming.

  4. Carole Webber January 6, 2014 / 4:20 pm

    Hieronymus is the Greek, I think, name for Jerome, who published the Latin Vulgate Bible
    Sorry if I am being academic.

    I never knew he has a beach named after him

    • fictionfitz January 6, 2014 / 4:20 pm

      Where is the beach?

  5. Carole Webber January 6, 2014 / 4:37 pm

    Read it wrong . It is the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch . a name.a place , what is that?
    I connected it with Big Sur.

    • fictionfitz January 6, 2014 / 4:42 pm

      Haven’t gotten there yet. Stay tuned.

  6. New Hampshire Garden Solutions January 6, 2014 / 6:48 pm

    I don’t usually trust people who use such phrases but In the case of an old growth forest or a pristine piece of seashore I can understand its use. Even so, I think I would have used “untouched by the hand of man,” or something similar.

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