Winter Thoughts, penned in a cabin in northern Wisconsin, which juggle natural observations, rather woozy aphorisms (""Children respond to rhythm before they can recognize fact""), and an earnest series of speculations leading to a theory of oneness among people, people-and-nature, God-and-everything, which rests on the concepts of analogy and metaphor. The world of analogy is the ""practical world"" while in the ""metaphorical imperative. . . all things are possible and are apparently of no consequence."" A fireside and solitude can warm one to these sterling truths, but this ambitious effort unfortunately lacks poetic ken as well as logistic discipline.