|Image from my front window taken this morning. Signs of spring abound.|
A view from my window: Spring is here! The early rhododendrons, daffodils, flowering plum trees, and hyacinths are all blooming. It smells heavenly outside. Yesterday I stood outside and was overwhelmed by the cacophony of songbirds singing their love songs to each other.
A melancholy mood has descended on me: I am hoping a curative round of poetry and Jane Austen movies will cure me. Please check out my blog post Melancholy and Springtime.
Brass Ensemble: The GKHS Brass ensemble won the district music contest a week ago and now are proceeding to the state competition. They played a piece by Giovanni Gabrieli. I am not sure which piece they played but I wanted to give you an idea what this 16th century composer's music sounds like.
Books completed this week:
- Enormous Smallness: a Story of E.E. Cummings by Matthew Burgess---a children's book about the famous poet which includes several of his poems. I love him more now than ever.
- The Voice that Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights by Russell Freedman---a biography of the famous black singer who helped desegregate the arts. Very inspiring.
- Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Won't Stop Talking by Susan Cain---an audiobook and upcoming book club selection. We will have lots to talk about. Very informative.
- Teaching with Fire: Poetry that Sustains the Courage to Teach edited by Intrator and Scribner---if you read my blog post about melancholy and springtime you will see that I am not only reading this book to help my professional life but also to bolster my moods.
- The Sound of Gravel by Ruthie Wariner--- a memoir written by a gal who was the 39th child of a polygamous man and the fourth child to her mother involved in a fundamentalist Mormon sect. The details are horrifying. Audiobook. Progress: 50%.
Thriving: the theme at church today was how we can thrive, not just survive. I am going to focus on this message this week.
I am looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks for reading this.