(I’m gratefully stealing this idea from Scribo:Girl.)
This summer has been a wonderful season in literature (and letters!) for me, so here are pictures from the last few months with some highlights from my reading….
“This has been a wonderful day!” said he, as the Rat shoved off and took to the sculls again. “Do you know, I’ve never been in a boat before in all my life.”
“What?” cried the Rat, open-mouthed: “Never been in a—you never—well I—what have you been doing, then?”
(from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame)
As the marsh-hen secretly builds on the watery sod,
Behold I will build me a nest on the greatness of God:
I will fly in the greatness of God as the marsh-hen flies
In the freedom that fills all the space ’twixt the marsh and the skies:
By so many roots as the marsh-grass sends in the sod
I will heartily lay me a-hold on the greatness of God:
Oh, like to the greatness of God is the greatness within
The range of the marshes, the liberal marshes of Glynn.
(from the poem The Marshes of Glynn by Sidney Lanier)
Having my identity in an eternal Father gave me the freedom to explore better how to love best… Often it is messy but that’s okay. Abundance tends to look that way.
“Your education here has included your conversion, or, put better, your conversion has marked the beginning of your real education. Your time here has not only honed your intellect, but hopefully it has contributed to the shaping of your spirit, so that as you now walk off your ‘ledge of familiarity’, you will also be able to walk with those you meet every day….. People assume that our dignity only lies in our choices, in what we think we so powerfully will and wield. But it can reside in our reactions, too, in our decisions about how to respond.”
(from Surprised by Oxford by Caroline Weber)
The humblest and at the same time most balanced and capacious minds praised most, while the cranks, misfits and malcontents praised least… Praise almost seems to be inner health made audible.
(C.S. Lewis as quoted in Bandersnatch by Diana Pavlac Glyer)
“Your daughter is a very superior person,” he told dad. “Most of the girls nowadays are all tops and no taters…”
Jane liked Uncle Tombstone too. In fact, nothing in her new life amazed her more than the ease with which she liked people. It seemed as if everyone she met was sealed of her tribe. She did not realize that the change was in herself. She was no longer rebuffed, frightened, awkward because she was frightened. Her foot was on her native heath and her name was Jane.
“Does your Pa put live people in his stories?” asked Penny.
“No.” said Jane.
“Everybody round here says he does. Everybody’s scared he’ll put them in. He’d better not put us in if he doesn’t want his snoot busted. I’m the toughest boy in Lantern Hill.”
“Do you think you are interesting enough to put in a story?” said Jane.
Penny was a little scared of her after that.
(from Jane of Lantern Hill, by L.M. Montgomery)
“We learn to do things by doing the things we are learning to do.”
(Aristotle, as quoted in a letter from R.)
The effort to say freshly is a way of seeing freshly. The effort to say strikingly is a way of seeing strikingly. The effort to say beautifully is a way of seeing beauty…. The effort to put the excellencies into worthy words is a way of seeing the worth of the excellencies. The effort to say more about the glory than you have ever said is a way of seeing more than you have ever seen.
(from Seeing Beauty and Saying Beautifully by John Piper)
“Stand still. In a moment I will blow. But first, remember, remember, remember the signs. Say them to yourself when you wake in the morning and when you lie down at night, and when you wake in the middle of the night. And whatever strange things may happen to you, let nothing turn your mind from following the signs. And secondly, I give you a warning. Here on the mountain I have spoken to you clearly: I will not often do so down in Narnia. Here on the mountain, the air is clear and your mind is clear; as you drop down into Narnia, the air will thicken. Take great care that it does not confuse your mind. And the signs which you have learned here will not look at all as you expect them to look, when you meet them there. That is why it is so important to know them by heart, and pay no attention to appearances. Remember the signs and believe the signs. Nothing else matters.”
( from The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis, as quoted in a letter from S.)
“Long after the final i-gadget has been discovered, we’ll still yearn for hugs, kisses and personal conversations. When we’ve traveled to the last exotic place and finished participating in the last recreational or entertainment venue on our list, we will want a haven and we will call it home.”
(Joel Salatin, as quoted in a letter from A.)
I live to shew his power, who once did bring
My joyes to weep, and now my griefs to sing.
(from the poem Joseph’s Coat by George Herbert)