Monthly Archives: May 2011


I thought of you and how you love this beauty,
And walking up the long beach all alone
I heard the waves breaking in measured thunder
As you and I once heard their monotone.

Around me were the echoing dunes, beyond me
The cold and sparkling silver of the sea,
We two will pass through death and ages lengthen
Before you hear that sound again with me.

(Sara Teasdale)


On duty

“Try to do your duty, and you’ll know right away what you amount to.  And what is your duty?  Whatever the day calls for.” ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Eton Mess

Strawberry Eton Mess via Country Days by Rhoda Parry

I have always found everything about this dessert fascinating, from the name to the ingredients – though I confess to having actually tasted it only in my dreams.

I plan to remedy that, one day very soon.

Because seriously, can one ever have too much double cream?


“To require perfection is to invite paralysis. The pattern is predictable: as you see error in what you have done, you steer your work toward what you imagine you can do perfectly. You cling ever more tightly to what you already know you can do – away from risk and exploration, and possibly further from the work of your heart. You find reasons to procrastinate, since to not work is to not make mistakes.” ~from Art and Fear: The Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking, by David Bayles and Ted Orlund.

And this is love

“A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.” ~Joseph Joubert

On being alone, but not lonely

“But solitude was nearly always at my command, somewhere in the garden or somewhere in my house.” ~C.S. Lewis