Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday 56
"A monk would have the graciousness to pretend not to notice one of his brothers kneeling to a superior to confess a fault, but not the lay servants from the village. They regarded it as good entertainment."

Book Beginnings

Two days before my sixteenth birthday, I woke up so early that my maid was still asleep on the floor at the foot of my bed. I should have scolded Willow, but I didn't because I wanted a few moments alone to savor my excitement. Beginning tonight, I would attend a production of The Peony Pavilion mounted in our garden.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

From Good To Grace by Christine Hoover

After reading this book, "From Good To Grace" by Christine Hoover, I felt such relief. It turned me back to a merciful God. In this book, Christine Hoover, shares parts of her life. It's a time when she felt overwhelmed with striving to appear as a good person to friends, family and church. Finally, this hard way of life led her back to our Gracious Lord. The God who does not judge us by our deeds or by the Law. When she explored God's goodness, the author felt free and felt God's love wash over her. His love in her began to flow outward. This Living Gospel is one where we are reminded that God died for our sins. He paid the penalty. There is no condemnation only Grace. This is the Gospel of

Morning light is green.
Grass is wet. Brown leaves scattered.
Squirrels stand still. Rain.

Monday, April 20, 2015

spring wildflowers on
the mountainside my eyes gleam
my heart is lifted

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The House Of Hawthorne by Erika Robuck (ARC)

The House of Hawthorne by Erika Robuck is a wonderful fictionalized biography. It's a love story between Nathaniel Hawthorne and his wife, Sophia whose maiden name was Peabody. It's also about their children and their friends who become a part of this famous marriage. During their passionate marriage, Nathaniel Hawthorne suffered with dark moods at times. While Sophia Hawthorne suffered  chronic headaches. I didn't quite understand how the headaches related to Sophia Hawthorne's Art. However, the headaches did effect her painting times. I felt very sorry for her during these times.

The Hawthornes also faced  poverty. It's really strange to read about the early days of financial problems faced by an author. One whom is known to us as famous and possibly died wealthy. It's also interesting to read thoughts about slavery. There is a division in the family. The Hawthornes and the in-laws didn't share the same views about the slave question. With so much going on while they are married and making a family, the marriage never faltered. They loved one another through thick and thin.

It felt so exciting to meet the couple's friends. There is Franklin Pierce, Emerson, Thoreau and the Brownings.Compared to Europe, America is still a new country. America is still rethinking their political and social values. At the same time, they are traveling. I especially liked reading about the Hawthorne's travels to Cuba and Italy.

At the end of the book, Ericka Robuck  tells about Sophia rewriting  personal experiences using journals and letters written by Nathaniel Hawthorne in their earlier lives. The author gives a long bibliography at the end of the novel which made me want to go on another journey into the lives of Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne and the Peabody


Blue robin sings on
top a volcano peak each
day a morning song