Thursday, August 25, 2011

Every Girl Wants to Be the Fairy Tale

Every girl wants to be the fairy tale. I remember seeing these Vogue photos by Annie Leibovitz on other sites before, and just being stunned by the sheer beauty. First published in 2005, they show the story of, "Beauty and the Beast."
 Layer upon layer of decandent photography, for lack of a better term.
The 1995 "Pride and Prejudice," with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle had the same kind of decadence, 
if you know what I mean.
Want more? There's also one for Alice in Wonderland.
Click here for an older post. 
And more at this site. And don't forget Shalott.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

I Left It There

My heart is in the trees.
I think I left it there as I walked
Beneath their branches,
Heavy with leaves and nests,
Tall and stretching to heaven.
Rooted strong and thick,
Shimmering in sunlight. 
They had me at hello.

"Why are there trees I never walk under
But large and melodious thoughts descend upon me?"

~Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass, 1892

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

To the Hollyhock

I got to walk in Hollyhocks today. So lovely. It's like stepping back 100 years ago. I'm not sure why Hollyhocks seem such an old fashioned flower, but they do, and they are.
To the Hollyhock -

Sweet and pink, long and tall,
Surrounding like a fortress wall,
One hundred and some years ago,
Quaint and lovely, just as now.

Friday, August 5, 2011


Google images
The faucet is on full blast right now.
Spilling out so fast, I can hardly contain the overflow. Easily it pours out, a welcome flood.
Let the flood come and wash me in it's path.
I surrender.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Already Flowers Here

Tomorrow, I am going back to the grove I visited exactly one year ago last summer, where there were paths and paths of gorgeous flowers. But there are already flowers here.
'Tis my faith that every flower
Enjoys the air it breathes!
~William Wordsworth, 
"Lines Written in Early Spring," Lyrical Ballads, 1798

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

August Fundraiser

I am kicking off an August Fundraiser in the bookshop to help raise research money for my great-niece who has a motor neuron disease. During August, all of the proceeds from books will be donated for research into her disease. If you like books, and this is something you'd be interested in, feel free to shop the bookstore. Thanks so much!