Tag: Gallivanta

reading memoirs

reading memoirs
and then the view
outside today

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I recently read A Good Home: A Memoir, by Cynthia Reyes.  There is a Page on her site about her book.  She writes about place, and her loved ones, and finding her way again after an accident.  I may have learned of Cynthia’s blog and book from Gallivanta, who also shares her stories so well.  So I’ll keep this note short, and let interested readers visit their sites.

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reading memoirs
and the old knotty pine walls
have their stories too

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Now I am reading The Pastor: A Memoir, by Eugene H. Peterson (2011, HarperCollins Publishers).  There is a quote by the poet Denise Levertov on his book jacket: “Every step an arrival.”

Blogs seem like memoirs over time: poetry and prose, paintings, photos, and many other ways of being creative.

new poem and a few notes

reading a new book
of poems by Luci Shaw
with a cup of decaff
on my little table
I find myself
saying grace again

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SCAPE poems
Cascade Books * Eugene, Oregon

Foreward By Eugene Peterson


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Also, thank you to Gallivanta for including this blog in her new post, “Haiku – Do you hear what I hear?”  http://silkannthreades.wordpress.com

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There is so much wonderful interest in haiku.  I like how The Haiku Foundation (THF) speaks of Traditional, Contemporary, and Innovative haiku.  I mentioned on Sunday that each month there is a different editor and theme for the Per Diem daily haiku at THF.  The Per Diem poems are by many poets. http://thehaikufoundation.org

Mann Library’s Daily Haiku, edited by Tom Clausen, features one poet per month.  There is an extensive archive there, as Tom has been working on this for many years. It’s interesting to read from the different approaches to presenting daily haiku, which seem to complement each other well.  http://haiku.mannlib.cornell.edu.

I think one of the best ways to learn to write poetry is to read poetry.  The lesson plans I helped create for The Haiku Foundation Education Wall offer Awareness and Reading plans before Writing plans.  There’s a gentle progression of skills.

I am aware of so many opportunities online to practice and share haiku and other forms of poetry – prose too.  While I cannot add more to my schedule, please feel free to share in the comments, as always.

Blessings, Ellen

* UPDATE, February 5, 2014:  Jim Kacian is the founder and director of THF.  He is also the editor for the Ed Wall.  Since we published the Ed Wall last summer, Jim began a new section called “Lessons For All Ages.”  Other people have added their work.  So we are growing!

September Seasons

I learned today that September 1 is the first day of spring in New Zealand.  I just read and viewed a lovely post at Gallivanta’s site.  http://www.silkannthreades.wordpress.com

SEASONS FLOW from Ohio USA, by Watching Seasons, is another favorite blog, among many favorites!  http://www.seasonsflow.wordpress.com

Although I don’t have a science mind – or at least that’s what I always thought –  I have been noticing how blogging helps me think in new ways.  For example, how the seasons vary.  I’ve also noticed that I put together posts with different color combinations, for example, than when I began.  Things don’t have to be “perfect.” (not possible anyway!)  I’ve realized that people visit from so many directions and that there is a mystery to appreciate.

So how did I get through some of my research courses in graduate school?  I’d read the same material by different authors.  I worried about the class the first day I received the syllabus and got to work.  In other areas, the work was like play.

Do you have a favorite season?  Somehow each season seems inevitable.  As many of you know, I love watching the light, which now flows into my little study in the afternoons.

I saw some geese flying in formation south yesterday, but I think some may go back and forth for a time.

The photos of the impatiens planter are by Karl a few years ago – often viewed here.

Happy Seasons, Ellen

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