Quotes with leaf
To cultivate lives as ephemeral
As droplets on a lotus leaf,
What do we not stoop to do
When discrimination fails us?
Never open a book with weather. If it's only to create atmosphere, and not a character's reaction to the weather, you don't want to go on too long. The reader is apt to leaf ahead looking for people. There are exceptions. If you happen to be Barry Lopez, who has more ways to describe ice and snow than an Eskimo, you can do all the weather reporting you want.
From Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing, as appeared in The New York Times (July 16, 2001)