Book Musings: book of nature poetry

book of nature poetry

Wonderful book full of vibrant and beautiful photography paired with classic and new poetry.

Nature is What We See

“Nature is what we see –
The Hill – the Afternoon-
Squirrel-Eclipse-the Bumble bee-
Nay-Nature is Heaven-
Nature is what we hear-
The Bobolink-the Sea-
Thunder-The Cricket-
Nay-Nature is Harmony-
Nature is what we know-
Yet have no art to say-
So impotent Our Wisdom is
To her Simplicity. ~Emily Dickinson

Afternoon on a Hill

I will be the gladdest thing
Under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.

I will look at cliffs and clouds
With quiet eyes,
Watch the wind bow down the grass,
And the grass rise.

And when lights begin to show
Up from the town,
I will mark which must be mine,
And then start down!
~Edna St. Vincent Millay

We LOVED this one!

Book Musings: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

June 16 2019:

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

I could not wait to read this book once I discovered it through social media. The author had me with the title. I deeply enjoyed the journey with Harold Fry and learning about he and his wife. I wasn’t at all suspecting the twist that unravels near the end of the journey. Whoa!

I found it to be a journey of self-discovery and healing for Harold and his wife, Maureen. Along with a varied mix of characters ebbing and flowing throughout the journey. I was inspired by Harold’s listening to the pull to do something absolutely remarkable; without even understanding why he felt the need to do it.

Book Musings: Flying Solo – How Ruth Elder Soared into America’s Heart

Flying Solo – How Ruth Elder Soared into America’s Heart

from the flap: “The story of a remarkable woman who chased her dreams with grit and determination, and whose appetite for adventure helped pay the way for generations of female flyers.”

We enjoyed learning about Ruth Elder who attempted to fly across the Atlantic Ocean before Amelia Earhart made her crossing. Ruth didn’t make it, yet she went on to accomplish much in aviation history.

Book Musings: Uncommon Traveler – Mary Kingsley in Africa

Uncommon Traveler – Mary Kingsley in Africa

Incredible story of Mary Kingsley who was born in England in 1862. Although Mary remembers her childhood fondly, by most standards, her childhood was sad and bleak.

She never attended school, yet she loved books and learning so she taught herself. This book covers her two trips to West Africa in 1893 and 1894. Her travels added to the knowledge of West Africa and most people were astonished merely by her survival.

Wonderful woman and book!

Book Musings: A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

I can’t remember that I’ve ever read this. When Thomas read it for the first time many years ago; he suggested I read it and that I would like it. He was right! I was hooked and had a hard time putting it down. We’ve seen the older movie; but haven’t yet seen the new movie. Wonderful book!

Book Musings: Fearless Flyer – Ruth Law and Her Flying Machine

Fearless Flyer – Ruth Law and Her Flying Machine

We learned about Ruth Law and how on November 19, 1916 she took to the sky to fly from Chicago to New York in one day. Something no one had ever done. Especially not a woman. Beautifully illustrated and wonderful book!

“When I was a little girl I used to dream of flying, not with terror ….. but with wonder and delight. I would be a swallow flying south, or an eagle swooping down from the clouds, and then, all of a sudden, I’d wake up, just a little girl ready to cry because she had no wings.”

“I could anticipate what would happen to the motor by the sound of it.”

“To become an aviator one has to dismiss all fear.”

“The sky was my limit and the horizon my sphere. It’s any woman’s sphere if she has nerve and courage and faith in herself. She’s got to have faith in herself.”

Book Musings: St. Peter’s Umbrella

May 5 2019:

St. Peter’s Umbrella

I have been incorporating more fiction into my reading as that was my first love. More coming … The list is already growing of what I’ve read so far …. And, there’s a fiction or two wanting to be birthed from my heart.

Written by one of the most popular story-tellers of Hungarian literature. This was one of the most popular he ever wrote. Wonderful story that held my attention. Nearing the end I couldn’t put it down as I wanted to know how it all unfolded. Great story built from the ground up surrounding an elusive and honored red umbrella.

This book was purchased at a library sale years ago for Lillian. I’ve been wanting to read it ever since … 😍😍😍