From the Editors Desk :: January 2015
Hello January and Hello Twenty Fifteen!
a reminder of the inspiration for this site:
“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.” ~Rachel Carson
From the Editors Desk :: October 2014
October brings us more golden light, with golden leaves and ripe red apples and pumpkins. Halloween and dress up garner our attention and draw it in from the radiant colors of the autumn leaves.
From the Editor’s Desk :: September 2014
My Dear Readers,
September brings us back to school, the wonder of apple trees, apple picking, apple pies and warm apple sauce. The weather is turning and the harvest is ripe for picking and preserving.
From the Editor’s Desk
My Dear Readers,
I’m taking the summer off to fully savor summer.
The Wonder of Childhood will be back in September.
May your summer be full of wonder and may you find the spaciousness of time to savor it!
From the Editor’s Desk :: June 2014
June brings blossoms and graduation, and Midsummer’e Eve.
We have a delightful piece on that merry and mischievous topic from Christine Natale.
From the Editor’s Desk :: May 2014
This time, I’ll let the month of May speak for itself.
From the Editor’s Desk :: April 2014
This month, I’ll let Robert Frost speak for the mood of April:
“The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day.
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
You’re one month on in the middle of May.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
a cloud come over the sunlit arch,
And wind comes off a frozen peak,
And you’re two months back in the middle of March.”
– Robert Frost, Two Tramps in Mud Time, 1926
From the Editor’s Desk :: March 2014
I hope the finds you warm and snug wherever you are.
Here in Northern New England, the month of March is said to “Come in like a lion” and this year is no exception, the month of March has brought us the snow we’ve been waiting for, well, ahem, some of us have been waiting for. Others are looking forward to the Spring Equinox on the 21st and the warmer days that will come and loosen the soil in the earth to make way for the plants to shoot upwards to meet the warmth of the summer sun.
From the poet Emily Dickinson:
Dear March, come in!
How glad I am!
I looked for you before.
Put down your hat—
You must have walked—
How out of breath you are!
Dear March, how are you?
And the rest?
Did you leave Nature well?
Oh, March, come right upstairs with me,
I have so much to tell!
I got your letter, and the bird’s;
The maples never knew
That you were coming,—I declare,
How red their faces grew!
But, March, forgive me—
And all those hills
You left for me to hue;
There was no purple suitable,
You took it all with you.
Who knocks? That April!
Lock the door!
I will not be pursued!
He stayed away a year, to call
When I am occupied.
But trifles look so trivial
As soon as you have come,
That blame is just as dear as praise
And praise as mere as blame.
From the Editor’s Desk :: February 2014
“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” – Edith Sitwell
Winter is a time of comfort, to pile on layers, of snow, of wood on the fire, of clothing, of good company. I hope this month finds you warm and cosy and comforted by warmth of body and soul. Check out our nature table for some warmth and cheer here.
From the Editor’s Desk :: January 2014
Happy New Year Dear Readers!
January, the first month of the year named for the two faced Roman god Janus, the god of beginnings and endings, of transitions and thus of gates, passages and time. from Wikipedia
A new moon heralds in 2014 at the start of the month and comes back again at the end to welcome in February.
This winter has been a cold one for our readers in North America, to temper the cold, we bring you reflections on Warmth and Community.
Our hens have started, rather slowly, to lay eggs again and the length of day has become remarkable once again. A recent thaw of sorts has exposed some grassy spots and reminds of of what is to come. Author, poet and gardener Vita Sackville-West made this reflection on this time of year:
“The shortest day has passed, and whatever nastiness of weather we may look forward to in January and February, at least we notice that the days are getting longer. Minute by minute they lengthen out. It takes some weeks before we become aware of the change. It is imperceptible even as the growth of a child, as you watch it day by day, until the moment comes when with a start of delighted surprise we realize that we can stay out of doors in a twilight lasting for another quarter of a precious hour.”
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