Just a few of my favourite things
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Mmmmm! It seems I have so many favourite things. A walk down a quiet country road, birds singing, alone with my thoughts. Trudging around a museum, seeing things long gone. Movies. Poetry. Reading novels.
Steaming mugs of hot chocolate and McVities Digestive Biscuits on a crisp, winter's evening. Playing with my grandchildren. Dancing. Listening to all kinds of music. Traipsing around art galleries. Finding unique stuff for my house.
Wierd Stuff like Rocky Horror Picture show, and Monty Python.
As I get this page completed, I'll direct you to other places to explore; places which give me a warm, cosy feeling or that prod my sluggish body and mind into some kind of action.
A year or so ago, I was reading a book, and the author used a poem as part of a fictional funeral scene. The poem actually made me cry (because I was perpetually homesick for England all the while I was in the U.S.A.)and it made me realize how afraid I was that I might die, on foreign soil, far from home. The poet was
The poem is called The Soldier
If I should die, think only this of me;
That there is some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England. There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
A body of England's, breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.
And think, this heart, this evil shed away,
I like poetry. I remember the sighs of the other kids in high school, when it was time for poetry, in our English lesson. I couldn't understand why they found it so boring - I loved the cadence of it all, the rhythm, the way it rolled off the tongue. I was whisked away listening to the recorded version of Dylan Thomas's "Under Milk Wood". The sing-song Welsh lilt lulled me right along with it. My mother used to read parts of
A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and it's still one of my favourites.
The Wreck Of The Hesperus is another.
I write a lot of poetry also, and am in the process of putting some on another of my webpagesMy Poetry
In my Junior School years, 1962-1966, I was at George Tomlinson Junior School in Leytonstone in inner city London. Every year, those of us who wished to, were entered through the school into the Stratford Music Festival. This was held once a year and was not only to do with music, it had competitions for poetry reciting as well. I won certificates of merit every year in that section. The local newspaper would report the event, and we would see our name printed in a list.
Curling up for a good read!
I love to read! To escape into some other place, into another's life, with the adventure, satisfaction, romance or pain. I cannot imagine being unable to read - my life would have been much less pleasurable for the lack of it. I'm a regular at our local library, and often see a cover or title that looks interesting, and if the book is a good read, then my next trip, I'll look for and reserve that authors other titles. What's great about the Web is that a lot of my favourite authors actually have their own home pages. Here are some of them them.
To read reviews, or to purchase books by John Grisham, please clickhere
To read reviews, or to purchase books by Patricia Cornwell, please click here
To read reviews, or to purchase books by William Bernhardt, please clickhere
And how about some reviews of
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Back To The Good Old Days
Well, not quite! But, how often have I looked into a shop window and oohed and aahed over something created by someone else's talent and their love of using that talent - let me tell you, MANY TIMES! So, as I find them, I will add links to pages of multi-talented people so that we can keep these links to the past going. Something made by hand, crafted by someone who is willing to share that creation with others - we need to cherish these gifts! So if you have pages which fall into this category, let me know the URL and I'll pop a link through to your page!