Wednesday, July 29, 2015


Number 285: Ranier Maria Rilke "Moving Forward"

Moving Forward

The deep parts of my life pour onward,
as if the river shores were opening out.
It seems that things are more like me now,
that I can see farther into paintings.
I feel closer to what language can't reach.
With my sense, as with birds, I climb
into the windy heaven, out of the oak,
and in the ponds broken off from the sky
my feeling sinks, as if standing on fishes.

--Rainer Maria Rilke
(Translated by Robert Bly)

Monday, July 27, 2015

in and out for a week

Heading out to Georgia for a celebration of  my mother-in-law's 8oth .
Plans changed from a bigger event to a quiet one. The Lord knew because now she is in a retirement home. We are going to see her new home tomorrow. 

Then heading down to the beach with my family and chill.

Be back in August. 

last night's stroll from my brother 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

sabbath 2001, Wendell Berry

Thinking upon these words on this summer
sabbath afternoon and the rest of the poem is here.

this makes my eyes squint .... from the murmuring cottage tumblr


Sit and be still

until in the time

of no rain you hear

beneath the dry wind's

commotion in the trees

the sound of flowing

water among the rocks,

a stream unheard before,

and you are where

breathing is prayer.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

for the love of handwriting

I pull out pages out of magazines for ideas. 
This time it was Wendy Brown of Brown Ink. 

Brown INK started with a blog about handwriting and birthed
into a stationary company: Brown Ink. 

I want to meet Wendy. I have the page up on my frig. 
of her workroom which has a butcher block desktop that 
runs the entire galley of the office. Bulletin board for ideas. 
Narrow room and a window. I can't find a photo of this to show 

I love letter writing, stationary, paper, pens , and
now pencils. 

Getting ideas. 
Don't you like getting ideas. 

Travel Journals aren’t just for out of state trips. 

More links on the side if you have time and you 
want to keep the lost art of letterwriting going. 
Or the lost art of handwritten journals.

My daughter is making special cards for letter writing
when she goes off to college. 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Let Evening Come

I have been reading Donald Hall's 

new book called Essays After Eighty
I saw him stare at me from the library  shelf:

"New poems no longer come to me, with their prodigies

of metaphor and assonance. Prose endures."
First essay is Out the Window which he said was 
featured on Fresh Air after it was published. Later, 
he was interviewed after this book was out. 

Here is his wife's poem for this evening. Jane Kenyon 
died in 1995 at age 47. It is very beautiful. Behold. 

Let Evening Come

Let the light of late afternoon
shine through chinks in the barn, moving   
up the bales as the sun moves down.

Let the cricket take up chafing   
as a woman takes up her needles   
and her yarn. Let evening come.

Let dew collect on the hoe abandoned   
in long grass. Let the stars appear
and the moon disclose her silver horn.

Let the fox go back to its sandy den.   
Let the wind die down. Let the shed   
go black inside. Let evening come.

To the bottle in the ditch, to the scoop   
in the oats, to air in the lung   
let evening come.

Let it come, as it will, and don’t   
be afraid. God does not leave us   
comfortless, so let evening come.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

more good tips

Finished " Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen" and remember it is rated R. It is worth reading 
and here are a few more tips:

- one chapter on pencils made me stop in Target today
and stare at the choices. I have never thought about good, good pencils besides the normal ones. I have thought about good erasers. Then  I bought pens on sale. Here is a website: Pencils. org 

- What piece of punctuation has the most gumption?
Is it an exclamation mark because it screams or packs a punch?

- "Punctuation is a deeply conservative club. It hardly ever admits a new member. In the 1960's , an ad man invented
the interrobang, a combined question and exclamation point, but it didn't catch." 

- "The interior punctuation that goes on in sentences is even more subtle. It's like a family-- we have built on the comma
and the period, and come up with pretty touchy characters, as well as with some snobs and some saintly family members who are ready for everything. For instance, the dash family." 

- " A sentence should have one colon just like a period."

- Learn to have word sense. 

- look up in a dictionary for where to put breaks in words
when moving to the next line ( a hyphen)

Favorite sentences: 

" It is better to fail in originality , than to succeed in imitation."  Melville

" And the women of New Bedford,  they bloom like their own red roses." Moby-Dick, Melville 

Monday, July 20, 2015

good tips

Just reading Mary Norris " Between You and Me: Confessions
of  a Comma Queen" and here are some tips so far:

- substitute "and" where the comma is if the comma's placement
seems odd and see if it sounds better

- do not read Introductions unless the author wrote it.
If a translator or other person wrote it, do not read before the story.

" I never read an introduction that is not by the author: I find it gets
in the way, and can prevent me from reading the book. I once tried
to read Ivanhoe, because it was cited in some children's series- Trixie
Belden or Betsy and Tacy--and I got so bogged down in the scholarly
pages with lowercase roman numerals that I never go to Sir Walter Scott. 
I still have never read Ivanhoe."