We are almost at the weekend. It is green , lush, and the lawn has needed mowing. Winter is gone.
Tuesday was one of those Mitford days when I kept running into friends I have not seen in a long time. I walked into the library at 3:00 and left at 4:50. Yes, I did have a pile of books but most of the time was running into old friends. I marvelled. Marvel: to evoke wonder. ( I found this youtube on Jan Karon's site, Listen when you have time to go to Mitford in your mind) Among my book pile:
and a stack of new Emily Dickinson books for review. Reread on bottom two books.
I spend some time looking at magazines at Barnes and Noble before picking up my daughter at church. Thought I would share this scribbled on a scrap of paper from my lookings! Ella's Edge was in Somerset Life. She is going through the alphabet with arts and crafts for a blogging challenge. I loved B is for Books, Buttons, and Blue Cheer.
I am one of those people who love stamps, notecards, and anything to do with mailboxes!So when I read this quote tonight , I thought about writing a letter. “The P.O. was a capital little institution, and flourished wonderfully, for nearly as many queer things passed through it as through the real office. Tragedies and cravats, poetry and pickles, garden-seeds and long letters, music and gingerbread, invitations, scoldings and puppies.” -Louisa May Alcott I do believe the art of a letter will not die. The impact of a long letter or short letter giving strength will always endure. Saturday mail to end this summer? in August?
Penelope Wilcock's trilogy is a favorite. I have reread it several times. Just learned from Study in Brown ( tonia) that Penelope has written more books ( I waited and waited and then forgot to keep checking for the last 20 years) and has a blog here. New books by favorite authors excite my heart. Here is a good blog by Lanier on Lucy Maud Montgomery and other favorite authors. I didn't know Lucy Maud suffered from depression. Noone said on PEI when we visited in the mid-1990's. Good Art's Pastor blog here. David Taylor edited For the Beauty of the Church.
When you can have a class of high schoolers use Google maps on their computers to find where the Oyster Bay Roosevelts lived and the Hyde Park Roosevelts, it is not like when I went to High School! The two Roosevelts who became Presidents also were opposites : Theodore and Franklin. Then discuss The Great Gatsby which takes place near Oyster Bay, NY in what is Great Neck ( near where I grew up between Oyster Bay and Great Neck) Then read Wendell Berry's Why I am not going buy a Computer.
All of it flowed from one discussion to another among all the ideas within! Eleanor Roosevelt on What's My Line:
It was a good week with April showers and chilly weather which today warmed
up with more hints of Spring. Color is bursting forth on trees and more flowers blooming.
Today was a funeral of a neighbor's dad. Sudden death in some ways and a beautiful
service which he planned. I didn't know him but know his daughter and her family.
He will be missed. I missed my parents , especially my mom, as my eyes filled with tears
just about loss. Thinking about those who lost loved ones recently. Prayed for them.
Emma is working on a handmade journal from this book:
Aren't they beautiful! The link goes to Google Books so you can peek in many pages. It is in our public library. Here is Jeannine's blog. Plus lots of bookbinding crafts here.
My evening book was this:
Dinner was made from here: potatoes and kale. Deborah's blog is here. Here she is from the New York Times yesterday : Cooking Asparagus and an Onion Tart She has a video chat on April 16th! I love all the information in this book about vegetables. This is a cookbook and gardening book to read. She also has recipes. Might need to buy this book. She choose 12 plant families whose edible members are most familar at the table. Deborah's writing style is beautiful: I am a beginner. I make a lot of mistake. I plant too much of one thing and not enough of another. I plant too many seeds too close together, then hate to thin because I'm so amazed that they came up at all. I disregarded the advice of experienced gardeners and planted Jerusalem artichokes and now I have to deal with their excesses, At the end of the season, I scatter the dross collected in my seed basket into the garden ad darned if the contents don't come up the following spring, even those that didn't when I followed the directions on the packets. It's all mystifying. As a beginning gardener, I join forces with all the millions of others who have been inspired for one reason or another to try to grow something. .... The garden is an unending source of the miraculous, a joy that transforms our cooking and increases our pleasure at least a thousandfold. .
It is quite revealing to see the letter "T" be the cross in the word Persecuted.. Here it is the week after Easter and I have this book in my hands. It is difficult to stomach the horrors worldwide to our brothers and sisters in Christ. Eric Metaxas writes in the Forward : these stories will and should shake us. But let them all speak to your heart and drive you to "be anxious for nothing," but to pray in faith, knowing God covets our prayers for those he loves. ...May the Lord deeply bless you through it." I had to hold my heart and tears reading about Communist countries, tyranny, repression, policies of persecution, war, and terrorism where the light of the Gospel is so dim and violently oppressed. Those called to those places are more than brave. They are called. I hadn't thought about the Lord coveting your prayers for His loved ones in tragic danger.
This book will put you on your knees. We rarely hear or read of these casualties. They are real. It is a pattern of violence all over the world. I highly recommend this book . It will be what Eric Metaxas says : a profoundly important and inspiring book. It will inspire you to pray most of all. Very, very, very important prayers for our brothers and sisters in Christ. Thomas Nelson Publishers: BookSneeze ( free for bloggers)