Poetry Tuesday - 4-24-18

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

I love this quote by Goethe so much!! I used it one year when I taught summer school and have a fun story about it. I guess I'll save that story for another blog post!!

April is poetry month. Here is my poem for this Tuesday!!

Verses upon the Burning of our House

In silent night when rest I took,
For sorrow near I did not look,
I waken’d was with thund’ring noise
And piteous shrieks of dreadful voice.
That fearful sound of “fire” and “fire,"
Let no man know is my Desire.
I starting up, the light did spy,
And to my God my heart did cry
To straighten me in my Distress
And not to leave me succourless.
Then coming out, behold a space
The flame consume my dwelling place.
And when I could no longer look,
I blest his grace that gave and took,
That laid my goods now in the dust.
Yea, so it was, and so ‘twas just.
It was his own; it was not mine.
Far be it that I should repine,
He might of all justly bereft
But yet sufficient for us left.
When by the Ruins oft I past
My sorrowing eyes aside did cast
And here and there the places spy
Where oft I sate and long did lie.
Here stood that Trunk, and there that chest,
There lay that store I counted best,
My pleasant things in ashes lie
And them behold no more shall I.
Under the roof no guest shall sit,
Nor at thy Table eat a bit.
No pleasant talk shall ‘ere be told
Nor things recounted done of old.
No Candle ‘ere shall shine in Thee,
Nor bridegroom’s voice ere heard shall bee.
In silence ever shalt thou lie.
Adieu, Adieu, All’s Vanity.
Then straight I ‘gin my heart to chide:
And did thy wealth on earth abide,
Didst fix thy hope on mouldring dust,
The arm of flesh didst make thy trust?
Raise up thy thoughts above the sky
That dunghill mists away may fly.
Thou hast a house on high erect
Fram’d by that mighty Architect,
With glory richly furnished
Stands permanent, though this be fled.
It’s purchased and paid for too
By him who hath enough to do.
A price so vast as is unknown,
Yet by his gift is made thine own.
There’s wealth enough; I need no more.
Farewell, my pelf; farewell, my store.
The world no longer let me love;
My hope and Treasure lies above.

I have always loved this poem since first reading it in a college American Literature class years ago. It reminds me that everything I possess is just stuff. How wonderful it was that Ann Bradstreet could fix her eyes on the eternal even though she had lost her family's home. She teaches us all that our true home is not of this world. When I get too upset over my earthly possessions, I try to remember this poem. I hope you do as well.   

Peak Of The Week- A List Of Things That Piqued My Interest On This 4-18-18

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

It's Wednesday!! The Peak Of The Week! Here are some things that piqued my interest this week.

Why American Students Haven't Gotten Better At Reading In 20 Years- A friend shared this article on Facebook this week. It makes a lot of sense. I still believe that much responsibility needs to be placed back on parents. Children need to be read to. Children need to read aloud to their parents. Current events need to be discussed at home. I may not have done many things right as a mom, but I did read with my children. We also discussed history and current events. They were fortunate to have an engineer for a father- so much of their childhood was a science experiment. But of course, children don't have to have an English teacher for a mother and an engineer for a father to do well in school. But an emphasis on education in the home matters tremendously!!

7 Habits Guaranteed to Make You Happier - All of these habits are at a basic level just living in the moment and not taking our lives for granted!! Number 4 spoke to me the most. It is something that I am really working on. How about you? Which habit speaks the most to you?

Finding Meaning and Happiness in Old Age - Two of my favorite lines from this article:
1. ...not what we accomplish in spite of aging, but because of aging.
2." ...'older people  knowing they face a limited time in front of them, focus their energies on things that give them pleasure in the moment,' not on a future that may never be."

Nerves Of Steel - Article about the Southwest Airlines flight that lost an engine this week.

American Woman Wins Boston Marathon - I loved that fact that an American won the women's division fo the Boston Marathon this week.

Both of these articles are timely for me given the past year was so full of revelations of such heinous abuse of women. These are the stories that I want our daughters to remember!!!

Ellen Surprises Rockport, Texas!! - The Texas Coast is still rebuilding after Hurricane Harvey. What a wonderful thing for Ellen to do!!!