Sticky post

My Year of Reading 2015

I was not as regular or dedicated in 2015, as I was in 2013 in terms of recording the dates of my reading, or in 2014 in keeping quotes. Fortunately, I started the habit of keeping my library receipts in my Year of Reading journal, so they served as a handy tool to jog my memory about when I read, what I read.  My Goodreads account is another helpful tool. A few times a year I enter the books on my bookshelf by type, and usually just rate them. Between these two systems I noticed that I started several books … Continue reading My Year of Reading 2015

Each is both, and all

Here lies a she sun, and a he moon there; She gives the best light to his sphere; Or each is both, and all, and so They unto one another nothing owe; And yet they do, but are So just and rich in that coin which they pay, That neither would, nor needs forbear, nor stay; Neither desires to be spared nor to spare. They quickly pay their debt, and then Take no acquittances, but pay again; They pay, they give, they lend, and so let fall No such occasion to be liberal. More truth, more courage in these two … Continue reading Each is both, and all

Chestnuts roasting…

The old familiar seasonal pop song, and a line or two in Dickens’ A Christmas Carol are all I ever really knew about chestnuts… I never connected them to the two Chinese Chestnut trees that until last year shaded the cottage at Middle Ridge but whose viciously sharp burrs deter one from any sort of barefoot exploring in late summer and fall.  A lovely limey green in spring and summer, by the fall, the burrs drop off of the tree, dry out, turn brown, and eventually open up.  The burrs are every bit as sharp as they look.  You really … Continue reading Chestnuts roasting…