Category Archives: Quote

Turning straw into gold

“Andersen’s life was a tragic one in many ways; and yet, like a character from one of his own tales, he had the gift of turning straw into gold: transforming the sorrows and joys of his life’s journey into stories we still love…”

From Terri Windling, “Hans Christian Andersen, Father of the Modern Fairytale.”

Art – Hans Christian Andersen’s Dreams by Anne and Janet Grahame Johnstone

Mary Oliver on the Measure of a Life Well Lived and How to Maximize Our Aliveness

“Do you need a prod? Do you need a little darkness to get you going?”
Mary Oliver on the Measure of a Life Well Lived and How to Maximize Our Aliveness by brainpickings.org:

https://www.brainpickings.org/2015/02/09/mary-oliver-blue-horses-fourth-sign-of-the-zodiac/

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The Moon and the Yew Tree by Sylvia Plath

The Moon and the Yew Tree by Sylvia Plath

The yew tree points up. It has a Gothic shape.
The eyes lift after it and find the moon.
The moon is my mother. She is not sweet like Mary.
Her blue garments unloose small bats and owls.
How I would like to believe in tenderness—
the face of the effigy gentled by candles,
Bending, on me in particular, its mild eyes. I have fallen a long way. Clouds are flowering,
Blue and mystical over the face of the stars.
Inside the church, the saints will be all blue,
Floating on their delicate feet over the cold pews,
Their hands and faces stiff with holiness.
The moon sees nothing of this. She is bald and wild.
And the message of the yew tree is blackness—blackness and silence.

Art by Caspar David Friedrich.

“The work is full of threatening silences. It is beautiful and severe and very cold. It is surrealistic, with surrealism’s menace and refusal to explain itself.” – Janet Malcolm, The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes

J.R.R. Tolkien’s birthday tribute

“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Art – The Forest of Lothlorien in Spring by J.R.R. Tolkien.

“The cultivation of Christmas trees” from Brainpickings.org

“There are several attitudes towards Christmas, some of which we may disregard: The social, the torpid, the patently commercial…” – T.S. Eliot

In a rare gem of trailblazing vision from Brainpickings.org:
https://www.brainpickings.org/2013/12/24/t-s-eliots-the-cultivation-of-christmas-trees/