Though I ended up working past dark (good thing I'm not afraid of the dark!), I completed my garden work this evening. All those tomato and pepper plants are safely ensconced in the soil – surrounded by a generous helping of Miracle-Gro garden soil – and ready to drink in the rain my Beloved tells me is expected… Continue reading Spring Blooms
On Tuesday, my post referred to a poem (Spring) written by Pulitzer Prize recipient (1923), poet Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950). According to some literary sources, her sonnets are among the best of the early twentieth century. One particular poem I've loved many a year is not a true sonnet but still a top-notch and memorable… Continue reading Too Beautiful To Hold
When I recently mentioned Vincent Van Gogh in my post about selfies, I decided to dig a little deeper into his life. I knew some of the usual details about his life ... admittedly, most of it garnered from a long-ago viewing of the 1956 movie, Lust for Life, with Kirk Douglas and Anthony Quinn… Continue reading There Will Be God In It
When the media were all abuzz earlier this month with the announcement of Harper Lee's new novel, Go Set A Watchman (set for debut this July), I was intrigued. The first story I read was from The Guardian, explaining that this "new" novel was actually intended – alongside the earlier work To Kill A Mockingbird – to represent… Continue reading Beauty and Deficiencies of Age
A woman wants to be told she's beautiful to someone. I don't think this is simply a 21st (or 20th) century phenomenon. When I read details from Genesis 2:18-24, it's clear how Adam felt about Eve. Imagine Adam looking at the gift Almighty God had set before him! He was so full of excitement, he couldn't contain himself! (He… Continue reading Beastliness
One of the most beloved among English poets is a man who died at the young age of twenty-five. John Keats was an English Romantic poet and despite his tender years, he was a master of imagery. It's amazing to me that during his short life, he published only fifty-four poems. These weren't silly, insignificant works… Continue reading The Principle of Beauty
Anointed by Newsweek as the "most beautiful film actress of all time," Jacqueline Bisset's career has spanned almost fifty years. With her fresh-faced appeal and elegant British manner, she enjoyed early film roles opposite Frank Sinatra and Steve McQueen. Subsequent roles paired her with many of Hollywood's leading men. Today at 70 years of age,… Continue reading Beauty Treatment
Our daughter-in-law adopted a young lady this week. (It was only temporary.) The young lady happened to mention to S. that she was entering a beauty competition for Miss Carroll County (AR) which was one of the competitions that launched S.'s beauty pageant experience! DIL's shop, Vintage Violet Boutique, sponsored this young lady in the 2014… Continue reading Beauty Is . . .
Two articles from The New York Times came to my attention over the weekend. The first, Poetry: Who Needs It? arrived via email from my brother-in-law. He knows my love for poetry; he's also a voracious reader ... during those moments when he absolutely must take time out from golf! (I'm honored he includes wiseblooding.com as… Continue reading Losing Arts?
Several of my previous posts deal in some way with Beauty. In his superb book Restoring Beauty, Louis Markos offers a striking paradox: "... we are often more afraid of beauty than of ugliness." If beauty elicits fear, aging terrifies. As long ago as 1513, explorer and conquistador Juan Ponce de Leon searched for life-sustaining water, a legendary Fountain of Youth. An… Continue reading On the Way to One Hundred