Monday, June 30, 2014

I want to be like a tree~ Sort of!

This is just how I would like to be! 

"Not that I want to be a god or a hero. Just to change into a tree, grow for ages, not hurt anyone." 

Prolific poet, essayist, and historian Czesław Miłosz (born June 30, 1911) was also a diplomat, who served as Poland's cultural attaché to France and the United States.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Heart~

"And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."

In the beloved French novella The Little Prince, a pilot who has crashed in the desert encounters a young prince visiting Earth from his home asteroid. The premise was inspired by author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's (born June 29, 1900) own desert crash. After three days without water, he was saved by a passing Bedouin.

My very special Son In Law

                                                        and his Miss Mustard Seed Cow Head
                                                       from his wife, my sweet Kate!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Wherever I go~

"Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow." 

Happy 77th birthday, Anita Desai! When asked how she begins work each morning, the author of Clear Light of Day and The Artist of Disappearance says that she reads poetry by Rainer Maria Rilke, C.P. Cavafy, Osip Mandelstam, and Joseph Brodsky.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Days like these~

And O there are days in this life, worth life and worth death. 

June 9, 1865: Charles Dickens was in a train derailment in England, 149 years ago today. He climbed out a window and saved the manuscript of Our Mutual Friend, but didn't leave the scene until he'd brought the victims water from a nearby river, which he ferried in his top hat.

And this is true~

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Little House on the Prairie

In one episode, Charles works in exchange for a set of blue & white dishes for Caroline.  At the end, Laura shares that those “fancy dishes” became their everyday dishes.  “Ma said special dishes are for special people, not special occasions.”
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And my response on Little MIss Mustard Seeds Blog~

Just look at the number of responses, and from Laura Ingalls Gunn~ Today starts a new day for me. I love my everyday dinnerware but my fine china rarely gets used~ I believe it stems from it being so “fine” and working so hard to have lovely things that they are only for special times. Truth be told we don’t entertain that way like we once did so they are seldom used at all. I now have a new perspective…if I own them, I must give credence to them and use them lovingly~ tomorrow I will. Thank you LIttle Miss Mustard Seed!! Fondly, Cynthia


When we are young, the words are scattered all around us. As they are assembled by experience, so also are we, sentence by sentence, until the story takes shape. 

Happy 60th birthday, Louise Erdrich! A member of the Chippewa tribe, the National Book Award winning novelist is a significant figure in the Native American Renaissance. Many of her books take place in the same North Dakota reservation community, which is based on her hometown.


To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Always Say YES!!

Never say 'no' to adventures. Always say 'yes,' otherwise you'll lead a very dull life. 
Ian Fleming (born May 28, 1908) may have achieved everlasting fame as the cre

While I don't feel particularily adventuesome today~ as I've lost a dear friend this week and we have a very sick little newborn grand~niece...  I do believe that saying "Yes" is imperitive to my life~  xo