Monday, July 27, 2015
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
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
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
Don't you like getting ideas.
Travel Journals aren’t just for out of state trips.
Got to LETTER.S WRITERS ALLIANCE
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
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
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)
" 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
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."