Celebrating William Shakespeare

For many, William Shakespeare is the greatest writer in the English language. He is called England’s national poet or the “Bard on Avon” or “The Bard.” William Shakespeare continues to entertain, long after his passing, reminding me that once words are written, they take on a life of their own. In the year that weContinue reading “Celebrating William Shakespeare”

Roads, Journeys, Memories

My recent thoughts have been on what is remembered and what is forgotten in the collective consciousness. Why do we remember specific events when those events, at the time, seemed ordinary and easily pushed to the recesses of memory?  We are defined by moments that follow us wherever life takes us. We become a compilationContinue reading “Roads, Journeys, Memories”

Dancing with Daffodils

April 7, 2020. I am having tea with the poet, William Wordsworth. Today marks his 250th birthday and I’m inviting you to our celebration. English Breakfast tea is steeping nearby, a fitting choice for meeting up with an important Romantic English poet, who was destined to become the British Poet Laureate. Ah, English Breakfast blendsContinue reading “Dancing with Daffodils”

Shetland with T.S. Eliot

April is National Poetry Month! I am celebrating by looking back at photo memories and connecting them to poems that have enlightened my journey. T.S. Eliot’s poem, Wait Without Hope, came to me when I faced a transition and choices. The idea of waiting, listening, reflecting is very much the essence of this poem. “Faith,Continue reading “Shetland with T.S. Eliot”

Celebrating International Forest Day

Trees Need Not Walk the Earth By David Rosenthal TREES need not walk the earthFor beauty or for bread;Beauty will come to themWhere they stand.Here among the children of the sap Is no pride of ancestry:A birch may wear no less the morningThan an oak.Here are no heirloomsSave those of loveliness, In which each treeIsContinue reading “Celebrating International Forest Day”

OTR Celebrates Poetry with John Masefield

Every morning, when I open my e-mails I look for a message from my sister, Sarah, for I know that there will be a poem attached to her cheerful “good morning.” Sarah and I share a belief that our lives are enhanced by poetry. There is an intensity and expression of feelings that comes throughContinue reading “OTR Celebrates Poetry with John Masefield”

For the Love of a Friend

The love of books, the legacy of friendship. This is what I discovered when I entered Betty’s Reading Room The traditional glorious feeling of warmth that a library bestows greeted me as I entered the open door.  And yet, this was no ordinary library.  Within the four walls of a bothy, the presence of aContinue reading “For the Love of a Friend”

The Professor

“We have come from God, and inevitably the myths woven by us, though they contain error, will also reflect a splintered fragment of the true light, the eternal truth that is with God. Indeed only by myth-making, only by becoming ‘sub-creator’ and inventing stories, can Man aspire to the state of perfection that he knewContinue reading “The Professor”

Auld Lang Syne

Happy New Year!  Whenever I join in the chorus of Auld Lang Syne, I feel a debt of gratitude to Robert Burns, who penned the words in 1788.  In a letter to the Scots Musical Museum, Robert Burns indicated Auld Lang Syne was an ancient song that had never been put to paper.  Auld LangContinue reading “Auld Lang Syne”

A Toast to the Professor

  “I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”  ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The FellowshipContinue reading “A Toast to the Professor”