Category Archives: Favorite Movies

Starry Nights, Star-Crossed Lives, & Optimism in the Face of Overwhelming Grief

 Literature and the arts are filled with references to stars and fate. Vincent Van Gogh painted nights blazing with stars. On cloudless nights, stars light our skies, symbolizing beauty, hope–and tragedy. Are we doomed to be star-crossed or are stars our guides? I like to think stars simply symbolize hope when all seems lost. Grief is […]

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Things of Beauty: Embracing Trees, Leaves, and English Romantic Poet John Keats

     If we’re lucky, we live in the embrace of trees: in nearby forests, parks, backyards, gardens, landscapes, and dreamscapes.     When young, I drew them, climbed them, and looked for bugs, birds, and tiny creatures among their branches. Their lush greenery still shades me on dreamy days of reading and picnics.     Summer lures […]

Also posted in 2014, Favorite Poets, Film, Inspirational Quotes, John Keats, Literature, Summer, Trees, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Ode to Autumn, Country Fairs, and Charlotte’s Web

Each October, I visit the Topsfield Fair. Fairs are wondrous, tying us in with traditions and our agricultural roots. Adorable bunnies, cavies (guinea pigs), chicks, sheep, piglets, and dignified llamas, cows, and horses abound. We cheer on the pig races, ride the ferris wheel, admire the prize-winning pumpkin, and visit the cozy bee building with its hives, candle-making, and honey. Our […]

Also posted in 2013, Autumn, E. B. White, Favorite Authors, Nature Musings | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment