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”

Quest by Carrie Williams Clifford

Sarah, my sister, shares my love of poetry. Every morning, I look forward to receiving her “good morning” e-mail that includes a poem. A few weeks ago, I received the poem, “Quest” by Carrie Williams Clifford. “My goal out-distances the utmost star,Yet is encompassed in my inmost Soul;I am my goal—my quest, to know myself.ToContinue reading “Quest by Carrie Williams Clifford”

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”

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”

I Must Go Down to the Seas Again

Poetry gives substance to our experiences, as if to help us understand the import of a specific time and place.  Words assimilate with emotional responses to produce memories that can be recalled with a vibrant clarity.   Listening to poetry we relive the moment again. My son and I walked along the sandy beaches of Wells-next-the-Sea. Continue reading “I Must Go Down to the Seas Again”

World Poetry Day 2016

  Today is World Poetry Day, a time to celebrate and recognize the deep and profound influence poetry has on the human spirit.  Poetry captures the heart with words that give light to our innermost thoughts and longings. It is a measure of who we are as individuals as well as a society. And bestContinue reading “World Poetry Day 2016”

Another Year, but he is remembered…

“But little Mouse, you are not alone, In proving foresight may be vain: The best laid schemes of mice and men Go often askew, And leave us nothing but grief and pain, For promised joy! Still you are blest, compared with me!” Robert Burns Robbie Burns was celebrated this past weekend with the traditional AddressContinue reading “Another Year, but he is remembered…”