Thursday, February 19, 2015

'Tis Too Early and Too Cold to Write: A Poem

'Tis too early and too cold to write, but the fire within stokes the brain for thought.
Dare, I touch pen to paper and spill forth what is in the mind?
No, I had better get a cup of coffee first and contemplate before marking the paper.

PFARR 2015

Monday, February 9, 2015

Love of Language

There are many things my parents have passed down to me and every member of the family from recipes to a corny sense of humor. One thing that I am reminded of today is the love of language, words. My dad loved to look up words. He had a dictionary that he and mom bought one section at a time, when they were first married. It is a grand old thing, which is thick, weighs a bit, and is leather bound. 

I took the dictionary to college with me because I knew I needed a dictionary. Upon my arrival, I called home to say, "I had arrived safely."  My dad was glad and just had one question, "Had I taken the dictionary from the bookshelf?" "Yes, I said." "Okay, bring it home at Christmas break; I'll get you a dictionary of your own for Christmas." I got a bonus with the dictionary, a thesaurus as well.

My loving father passed away this past March, but today I know he was smiling over me as I happily looked up a word that lead to a search for more words and where they came from.

Thank you dad for the gift of loving to learn new things.

Monday, February 2, 2015

It is cold and gray outside with a blistering wind to boot, but I am thinking of daisies and an early spring!

Flowers, Marguerites, Oxeye Daisies

I could care less what Groundhog Phil has to say! I am anticipating spring! I am so over gray, cold, blustery days.  I can smell spring in the air; not really but I have a good imagination and it will save me from the doldrums of winter and cabin fever. Looking at the lovely, inviting photograph of daisies will help as well.  I am also making some homemade chicken noodle soup. I could eat it every day. Delicious!

Well, if you have sunshine where you are enjoy!

The rest of us will have to use our imaginations.