We all need such a place for spiritual retreat and restoration, a place of contemplation and peace . . . what Madeline L'Engle meant, in the book of this name, 'A Circle of Quiet: "My special place . . . a small brook in a green glade, a circle of quiet from which there is no visible sign of human beings. . . . [there] I move slowly into a kind of peace that is indeed marvelous, 'annihilating all that's made to a green thought in a green shade.'"