Saturday, October 15, 2011

Fall Break Beginnings.

"A is for autumn -
blazing colors so bright.
Cider mills, pumpkins,
and Halloween night."

- J is for Jack-O'-Lantern

[Indian corn from the Corner Market near my house]

 My fall break began with pancakes and a new book. Hmmm.
I was planning on writing about my fall plans, of pumpkins and baking and apples.
But I will leave you with a Hopkins poem instead:

"Hurrahing in Harvest" 
Gerard Manley Hopkins

  Summer ends now; now, barbarous in beauty, the stooks rise
Around; up above, what wind-walks! what lovely behaviour
Of silk-sack clouds! has wilder, wilful-wavier
Meal-drift moulded ever and melted across skies?

I walk, I lift up, I lift up heart, eyes,
Down all that glory in the heavens to glean our Saviour;
And eyes, heart, what looks, what lips yet give you a
Rapturous love’s greeting of realer, of rounder replies?

And the azurous hung hills are his world-wielding shoulder
Majestic - as a stallion stalwart, very-violet-sweet! -
These things, these things were here and but the beholder
Wanting; which two when they once meet,
The heart rears wings bold and bolder
And hurls for him, O half hurls earth for him off under his feet

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Banana Bread.

The first half of this semester has all but disappeared. Fall break begins Friday (thank goodness). Already it's been one of the best years. Why? Because I have made it that way.
I stumbled upon this quote at the end of summer, and immediately made it my desktop background.

"beauty in the everyday is beauty you can hope for" -- seth simonds

I have chosen to find the beautiful in the days so far. Sometimes it's easier to see than others. Sometimes I don't want to see it, but it's always worth trying to glimpse beauty, because then you know that you are alive.
The beautiful things make us feel alive.

So here's a few wonderful things...
 winding roads in Tennessee...
banana bread (I've made so much this semester. It's the perfect brain food)
and all the time I've spent with the people here in Tennessee.

Here's to living life with vitality.
I hope you do.