June 1, 2013

Mother Nature

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--Description: 20th C, MacDonald G., Children, Contentment, Love, Nature, Parenting--



Beautiful mother is busy all day,
So busy she neither can sing nor say;
But lovely thoughts, in a ceaseless flow,
Through her eyes, and her ears, and her bosom go-
Motion, sight, and sound, and scent,
Weaving a royal, rich content.

When night is come, and her children sleep,
Beautiful mother her watch doth keep;
With glowing stars in her dusky hair
Down she sits to her music rare;
And her instrument that never fails,
Is the hearts and the throats of her nightingales.


George MacDonald

--Did You Know: (10 December 1824 – 18 September 1905) George MacDonald was a Scottish author, poet, and Christian minister. Known particularly for his poignant fairy tales and fantasy novels, George MacDonald inspired many authors, such as W. H. Auden, J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, E. Nesbit and Madeleine L'Engle. It was C.S. Lewis who wrote that he regarded MacDonald as his "master": "Picking up a copy of Phantastes one day at a train-station bookstall, I began to read. A few hours later," said Lewis, "I knew that I had crossed a great frontier." G. K. Chesterton cited The Princess and the Goblin as a book that had "made a difference to my whole existence." Read more at: George MacDonald

--Word of the Day: genethliac \juh-NETH-lee-ak\, adjective:
of or pertaining to birthdays or to the position of the stars at one's birth.
Example:
Really it must be admitted that only in England and America is there anybody who knows how to establish the genethliac theme and construct a horoscope.
-- J. K. Huysmans, translated by Keene Wallace, Down There, 1891

--Quote of the Day: It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

--Language Arts-ITALIAN: girare: to turn - verb
Example sentence: Per arrivare al museo deve girare a sinistra al prossimo semaforo.
Translation: To get to the museum you have to turn left at the next stoplight.


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