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January 2018

Silent Reading

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Kym reminded me today was Silent Poetry Reading Day, which got me to thinking about the various poets I enjoy reading and what I would like you to silently read to yourself. It could have been Mary Oliver, Billy Collins, Wendell Barry or Edna St. Vincent Millay. It could also have been William Carlos Williams, or Shakespeare, for that matter. But, I decided on one of my very favorites and one I can count on is one of your favorites, too, Emily Dickinson. 

Simplicity.

How happy is the little stone
That rambles in the road alone, 
And doesn't care about careers, 
And exigencies never fears;
Whose coat of elemental brown
A passing universe put on;
And independent as the sun, 
Associates or glows alone, 
Fulfilling absolute decree
In casual simplicity. 

~Emily Dickinson

 

 


3TT - January

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If you've been reading my musings of the last 14 years you'll know I do not like January, but this January does not deserve a bad rap for the usually bad reputation of past January's. There may have been a week or so of inversion, but overall she was warmer, softer, a little more generous, and seemed to blossom into a new, happier self. But, GOOD-BYE, JANUARY!

1.The amaryllis that came into my life were real show offs and I'm glad there were chronicled throughout the month. The show continues into February as Crimson's second stem is in full bloom and the third is just starting to show signs of opening. I told Kym I plan to buy a dozen bulbs next year, as  I would like to have a real amaryllis forest for years end.

2. Happily, I finished a sweater in January and received yarn for a second! My arms used to ache after hours at work. Typing at an uncomfortable desk was not good for them (or for me), BUT, those day are over and I can now knit when I like. My hands and arms can even do a little needlepoint (sometimes), and stitch (which I do daily with Vicki), as well as knit, knit, knit. 

3. Thank you, Mary, for introducing me to the Collect App and encouraging me to take one picture a day (at least). On a couple of occasions I've had to take last minute pics before heading to bed, but, overall, I enjoy finding moments that bring delight and joy. This year I'm also trying to collect and organize my pictures on Flickr and Instagram. 

All that is left to say is HELLO, FEBRUARY!!  I love your light and your bluer skies. You might even bring in a little more snow. Your a good month, February. 

Carole's got a few more participants of 3TT over on her blog. Take a look!