Friday, October 29, 2010

Sing Me Your Song

Little bird, sing me your song before you go away~

Photo credit - Steve Maslowski

Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Rain Still Finds Your Face

Soft rain falling on a calm weekend makes me long to be far away from it all, living out my days like Thoreau, writing endless words while surrounded by walls of trees, hearing only the quietness that a cabin in the woods affords, and letting sweet raindrops fall on my face as the wind stirs.

But for now, I must retreat to my cozy little corner at home in the city, where bricks and mortar form the walls that surround me, and my ears remain accustomed to street traffic and other city noises. Fall and winter are seasons that encourage coziness, and I suppose you can be just as cozy in the city as you can in a cabin. You can live like Thoreau in thought and deed, if not physically, and the rain still finds your face if you step outside your walls. Still, one day, that cabin will be mine.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Best Things...

... Are Found in Your Own Backyard

Saturday, October 16, 2010

A Gathering

For man,
autumn is a time of harvest,
of gathering together.
For nature,
it is a time of sowing,
of scattering abroad.

~Edwin Way Teale

Friday, October 15, 2010

Listen to Your Heart

Sometimes it is not easy, but I love this little reminder to, "Listen to your heart." This beautiful little altered tin is one of my etsy treasures. Isn't it gorgeous!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Pieces, Chunks, and Slices

In the fall when I was young, my dad would often take a nice ripe, red apple from the tree, and peel it off for us in one big, long piece. Then he'd cut off chunks and slices from the apple for us to eat. Man did those apples ever taste good. Sweet Memories.

“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”
~Martin Luther

This simple recipe can be made with dark or golden raisins instead of the pecans if you'd like. You could use any kind of nut too - try them with walnuts or cashews.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

* 4 Granny Smith apples
* 1/2 cup brown sugar
* 4 Tbsp. butter, softened
* 1/2 cup chopped pecans
* 1 tsp. cinnamon
* 1/3 cup water
* 2 tsp. lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cut the top off the apples to make a flat surface. Cut a strip of peel around the apple right next to the cut surface. Cut the core out of the apples, making sure to leave the skin at the bottom intact.

In small bowl combine remaining ingredients except water and lemon juice. Stuff apples with this mixture. Mound any remaining mixture on top of the apples. Place in shallow baking dish and pour 1/3 cup water and lemon juice around apples. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes until apples are tender. Let cool 15 minutes before serving.

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Friday, October 8, 2010

The Yellow Wallpaper - A New Update

I have mentioned the movie, "The Yellow Wallpaper," several times here on my blog, which you can read about here and here. I received an update and a link from the movie's director, Logan Thomas, and wanted to share it with you. This facebook page will have any updates and will also release movie stills. I am really looking forward to this movie, which is based on a short story.
Here is what Logan Thomas posted about the movie~


I'd like to follow through with an update about The Yellow Wallpaper. We have begun the studio courtship dance, and the big festival circuit. I'm happy to tell you that there is a FILMMAKER HOSTED, FACEBOOK PAGE "The Yellow Wallpaper (offical movie page)". We will post stills from the movie, events, releases, and even try to answer film and lit. questions for those interested. The page is brand new and we hope you'll come to visit us.


Literary England

Book Share Fridays:
"Literary England"
by Richard Wilcox. It has been awhile since I've done a Friday book share! I found this book while searching Amazon, and to be honest, I am torn between recommending it, and not.

It is from the 1940's and was part of a 'picture essay on literary England' that appeared in Life Magazine. The concept of the book is brilliant, but the photographs are in black and white, and the author could have written the synopses of each featured place much better than he did. Having said that though, there is some merit to the contents, and if you love Albion like I do, it might be worth buying.

Here are a few of the literary spots they feature:

Canterbury Cathedral (The Canterbury Tales), Burrington Gorge (Rock of Ages hymn), Keats Grove (John Keats Hampstead home), Dickens' House, Assembly Rooms at Bath, Top Withins (Wuthering Heights), Wimpole Street (Elizabeth Barrett Browning), Doone Valley (Lorna Doone), and Stonehenge (Tess of the d'urbervilles).

Thursday, October 7, 2010


The birds are going wild in the autumn sky. I saw two different flocks today, and they were wind-crazy, moving fast and furious as a single unit, in their respective corners of the sky. Amazing. Wish I were up there with them!

Photo Credit - Phil Schermeister
"Flock of Birds Swarming a Field in North Dakota"

Monday, October 4, 2010

Fallen and Found

Today after a thunder and lightening storm I went on a walk. As I turned the corner to come home, I saw this~
Beautiful and delicate, so perfectly woven on a base of tightly packed dirt. If I could, I would have climbed up the tree, and carefully nestled it back between two branches in hopes it might once again give warmth to the birds who created it. But the tree is far too tall.

The perfect solution came from an observant eight year old who found it earlier in the day where I had put it, and tenderly placed it between two branches of a small tree in our yard, where it fits perfectly.
There it will remain for the rest of fall and through winter, too. Come spring, I am hoping another set of birds might find it useful. If anything comes from it I'll be sure to post the rest of the story!

o little nest,
may you nicely rest,
nestled in the branches of my tree.
fallen and found,
rescued from the cold damp ground,
you'll live to see another spring.

Past Their Bloom

The October roses are long past their bloom, yet very welcome. This little rose bush that I bought over the summer, just never took off, but it's still trying, and occasionally a bloom appears here and there. It will need to be replaced next spring. The poor thing thinks it's a beautiful lush bush!

'Tis the last rose of summer fall left blooming alone; All her lovely companions Are faded and gone." ~Thomas More