Thursday, June 22, 2017

Holding our breath like a coin

Only through travel can we know where we belong or not, where we are loved and where we are rejected.
~Roman Payne

I'm really into mentor poems these days, and I can see using the first of today's poems as one. "If you were a ______"...

by Heather Sommer

Your first time out of the country
of your own skin, I didn’t bring a map.

You always hated that I’d been lucky
enough to pick my way through streets

I couldn’t pronounce to find cathedrals,
graveyards. If you were a city, you said,

I’d only like to know your suburbs.

read the rest here


by Christopher Howell

When Keats, at last beyond the curtain
of love’s distraction, lay dying in his room
on the Piazza di Spagna, the melody of the Bernini
Fountain “filling him like flowers,”
he held his breath like a coin, looked out
into the moonlight and thought he saw snow.
He did not suppose it was fever or the body’s
weakness turning the mind. He thought, “England!”

read the rest here


My Juicy Little Universe has the Poetry Friday round-up. Thanks, Heidi!


Summer is always best through a window.
~Jens Lekman

Windows for Art Thursday. Recently when my family went to an art exhibit, my daughter Elena & I picked the same painting as our favorite -- one with an open window and billowing white curtain. It drew us right in. I can't share that painting for copyright reasons, but...

photo by Simon Matzinger

After the Rain
photo by Carroll Jones III

Abbey of San Galgano
photo by Simon Matzinger

Open Window
by Diana Lee Photography

scorcio alla galbusera bianca
photo by Alberto Magagnini

The View From Qaytbay Castle At Alex
photo by Ahmed

open window
photo by fortheloveofcc

Red and white
photo by Massimo Telò

from Dear Evan Hansen:

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Art Time

Mix up a little more shadow color here, then we can put us a little shadow right in there. See how you can move things around? You have unlimited power on this canvas -- can literally, literally move mountains.
~Bob Ross

For Wellness Wednesday, we're thinking about engaging with art.

I started Art Thursday years ago to ensure that I would spend some time with art every week. Have you been getting as much interaction with art as you want? This could mean just following Art Pics Channel on Twitter so you see some art every day, or rotating prints you like as your wallpaper on your computer. Maybe you want to try some Zentangle or coloring, or decorate the cover of a notebook or binder with a print so you can see it when you are studying or cooking, etc. What feeds your spirit? How can you get more of it?

A Beginner’s Guide to Finding Art You (Actually, Genuinely) Like
7 Ways to Make An Art Museum Visit Fun for Kids
10 Reasons to Visit Art Galleries
100 Art Therapy Exercises

I have an Etsy account where I save favorites, and I encourage doing that, although it doesn't need to be Etsy. Other sites include Artsy, DeviantArt, and Society 6. You can save things that appeal to all sorts of different moods. Have fun with it -- save things you can't afford ;-)

A couple of videos:

Monday, June 19, 2017

Can't Sleep Love

I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.
~Jane Austen

These folks are completely in the zone when they're singing:

They are pursuing solo projects now, so here are their individual web sites:

Thursday, June 15, 2017


It goes without saying that a fine short poem can have the resonance and depth of an entire novel.
~James Wright

Busy writing poems for the Summer Poetry Swap this week! I wrote one for the wrong person first (how is that possible, you wonder? I found a way...), plus I am doing two people for the first swap, so I have been working on three poems. I am going to be collecting poems about mistakes for an anthology, so I have been doing prep work for that as well.

Here's a short poem by James Wright, plus a song:

By James A Wright

The moon drops one or two feathers into the field.
The dark wheat listens.
Be still.
There they are, the moon's young, trying
Their wings.
Between trees, a slender woman lifts up the lovely shadow
Of her face, and now she steps into the air, now she is gone
Wholly, into the air.
I stand alone by an elder tree, I do not dare breathe
Or move.
I listen.
The wheat leans back toward its own darkness,
And I lean toward mine.


I think immortality is a real draw for many writers, don't you? Poet by Bastille:


You can find the Poetry Friday round-up at Carol's Corner. Thanks, Carol!

Train of Thought

I like trains. I like their rhythm, and I like the freedom of being suspended between two places, all anxieties of purpose taken care of: for this moment I know where I am going.
~Anna Funder

Trains for Art Thursday. I saw the painting by Hans Baluschek and decided to run (chug?) with it.

The Express Train Arrives, 1909
by Hans Baluschek

La huerta o el tren de Colmenar
by Ulpiano Checa

Viaggio Triste (Sad Journey)
by Raffaele Faccioli (1845-1916)

La gare de Lyon-Perrache
by Louis Beysson (1856-1912)

Berlin-Potsdamer Eisenbahn 1847
by Adolph Menzel

Saint-Lazare Station, the Western Region Goods Sheds
by Claude Monet

The Lackawanna Valley
by George Inness

100 years of electrical trains and international traffic exhibition (IVA) Hamburg

Lastly, go visit a painting titled "The Annoying Cavalier." I really feel for her...

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Comfort Foods

Some foods are so comforting, so nourishing of body and soul, that to eat them is to be home again after a long journey. To eat such a meal is to remember that, though the world is full of knives and storms, the body is built for kindness.
~Eli Brow

Thinking about food this Wellness Wednesday. Healthy comfort food in particular. Do you have anything you like to eat when you are cheering yourself up? Mashed potatoes are a favorite of mine, with lots of cream, butter, and salt. Not super healthy, and honestly, a healthy version of it probably isn't going to do it for me.

My relatively healthy comfort food favorites:
soups and chili
tea and lots of it
plain Greek yogurt with honey
coq au vin
chicken tikka masala
guacamole and tortilla chips
lasagna (okay, not healthy?)
chocolate drizzled strawberries (maybe with bananas or marshmallows...)

photo by Jen R

This looks like a good list: 31 Days of Healthy Comfort Food

What are your favorite comfort foods, healthy or otherwise?

I lived in Atlanta for five years and boy howdy, did I love the food. This video fills me with longing: