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."
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Thursday, July 16, 2015
from the murmuring cottage tumblr
Another peek into my day:
- got up early to read :
an unpublished book by Anne White
which will be launched soon. Stay tuned.
She is one of the Ambleside Online founders
and an expert on Plutarch. I am teaching
Plutarch in two classes in the fall. Easy with
her lessons here and to make good citizens.
I started another book yesterday and almost halfway
through. Mary Norris is a copy editor for the The New Yorker.
I am reading it to see if I could use it for my high
school class. Not using it but I do like a few of her
tips. I have a list of books she mentions to look at now.
Here is an article Mary Norris wrote in The
New Yorker. The magazine is for readers so the
article is long.
- read to young kids at a refuge center
and then put bag after bag of clothing
on hangers in the free clothing store
- latte at a local coffee shop afterwards
- yesterday I went to one of those "5.00 a bag"
booksales and came home with 3 bags
- daughter turning 18 tomorrow and she has plans
with friends and family's turn is Saturday night
- long prayer list these days
- potatoes cooked to make potato salad
- laundry on the line
- Gilmore Girls on Netflix still continuing in the evenings.
If you did or are watching the show , here is a
NY Times article on July 13, 2015:
Monday, July 13, 2015
Annie Dillard says, “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives."
A peek into my stay at home day
which has been very fruitful.
One of those days where you feel
sort of accomplished and good not
to run around.
- read I Chronicles. Chapter 21:1 says
Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census of Israel.
The word " incited" made me stop and see
what happened. Kind of scary, if you ask
me. If you had asked me this this morning, I would say
"be gone" to Satan. David does take a census.
Satan incited him.
Satan incited him.
- talked with a good friend who lives in Chapel Hill
- a load of laundry hung out to dry
- a load of laundry hung out to dry
- made a nice lunch for my husband
- got a fall calendar for a middle school class
done and have started to name it and work on
it. Wednesdays this fall...
- organizing books
- looking ahead: daughter's 18th birthday on friday
- nice pace to the day and here we are at dinner
and have to think of what to have!
and have to think of what to have!
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Saturday, July 11, 2015
this one below is a bit large so you can see it here
been thinking about when I first heard of restoring The Round
Church to its origins of Christianity: L'Abri Conference in
Greensboro 1999. I drew a round church in my notebook
to do as the speaker asked: pray-- Susan Schaeffer Macaulay's workshop on
Friday, July 10, 2015
- Anniversary week and we stayed in Staunton,VA to see two Shakespeare plays at the BlackFriars Theater:
Antony and Cleopatra ( fierce romance)
and The Winter's Tale ( romance too and funny).
This is the only replica of Shakespeare's indoor theater.
My husband sat on stage the second night. He was part
of the play in a way: had to roar and had his hand shook
by an actor in a scene. If you know him, he loved it.
Me: I sat downstairs about 10 rows back. It was preview
night so it was pay what you will! Grab a seat. You can
do that on any other night with tickets. Once the show
starts, all is for grabs!
We stayed in a bed and breakfast called Anne Hathaway's Cottage owned by a Brit from Bath. All Shakespeare inside and has been sold. Last time to stay there is in October. It will be turned into a tea room.
You could walk from one to the other if it hadn't been so hot.
We also saw some beautiful Tiffany stained glass windows in an Episcopal church:
Saturday, July 4, 2015
- a new short story by Wendell Berry just published
and I will read it today. Print it to keep it tucked in
one of his books, possibly A Place in Time.
- my childhood home went on the market after 47 years
when we moved from New York to North Carolina. Same
family stayed there for that long. I have been chasing memories since yesterday and get to look inside on virtual tours.
- cookouts: small family one tonight and a group of old
friends last night
- The Gilmore Girls: onto Season 3 and Rory going to college and anticipating my youngest leaving next month
- blueberries from my neighbors bushes
- kept my son's corgi overnight
- very , very good first part of my friend's plenary at the Charlotte Mason conference and Liz got a 2 minute standing ovation : Vision for Children
- Happy 4th!
My sister and I shared the far left room at the top and there was a door to my parents room so I think this was probably set up as a nursery when built in the 1920's. I would love to see the walk-in closet of that room. So many
nooks and crannies ....