Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Quote du jour/Penelope Fitzgerald

Writing of the pleasure of having grandchildren, Penelope Fitzgerald says,

‘It is such a joy to have someone who wishes to sit with you on a sofa and listen to a watch tick.' 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Today's poem by Esther Cohen

Yesterday a Friend a Very Good Friend Said

Esther what are you going to do
With all your poems?
Where will you put them?
How Will They All Add Up
What Will They Say When They Do?

When I was a little girl a very little girl
my grandmother lived with us
before my Uncle Alex drove up to our door
then drove her to LA.
We were at 43 Jackson Street
Ansonia Connecticut and then we moved
oddly enough to 43 Holbrook Street
also in Ansonia Connecticut it was not
intentional or unconscious either and my grandmother
I thought she was wise because she was old
she was much younger than I am now
my grandmother said to me
I was around seven you have a lot of poems,
so many poems in your room
you never have to do anything with all those poems
because they are poems.
But now, because of life speeding up
and because I live in New York City
Upper West Side in particular and because
Of Homeland and The Good Wife and Anti-Social Media
and because of books and ebooks and because of ambition
and NPR and the finite nature of life and because I am
a Jew not a Buddhist though I often wish
it were otherwise and because I do not meditate
when my friend
said to me What Will I Do With All These Poems
I said I Will Have a TV show or a podcast
or I will paint them or make a book or two
or turn them into shower curtains or poem wall paper
or make an audible app or maybe I will
just write poems.

Esther Cohen is co-editor of the new Jewish Currents art calendar. (type Channel Esther into the search bar)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Yoga with a one-year old

I have a number of different yoga DVDs, and today's was 

Tom had gone down to get Hazel Nina this morning, and when she arrived I was just beginning the seated part (in my jammies). He put her in the Joovy and she came into the living room and was riveted. She never moved for the whole 20 minutes.

When I finished, Tom took her out. I went into the study to do cobra pose, and look who followed, and crawled up to do it with me!

Over thirty years ago, her mother and her uncle used to do the very same thing. Makes me so happy!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Today's pictures/We are family

Yesterday we all went down to visit the little cousins' great grandparents, who are celebrating their 11th wedding anniversary today! No pics of Matthew, or Tom, or me.

Campbell Walker - 8 months and Hazel Nina - 13 months

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Today's song/Three Little Birds - sung by Stephen Marley

This song, these words are like a prayer to me. 

Over fifteen years ago, a friend had breast cancer, and these were the words in my heart as she went through her surgery. Everything was indeed alright, and there’s never been a hint of the disease since. 

Then last fall when Margaret was in the hospital for those five weeks, the hardest and scariest of my whole life, she saw these three little birds outside her window

and I saw this number plate in the hospital parking lot

We all took it as a sign that Margaret and her unborn baby girl would be fine. And they were.

The past few days, I have been aching with fear because one of the friends I love best in the world is in critical condition, in an induced coma, and on life support. This morning, Three Little Birds came on the radio, and I am praying it is yet again a good, good sign that all will be alright with him.

I couldn't find a good video of Bob singing this, so I thought his son's version would be the next best thing.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Today's Pictures / Hazel Nina - One Year Ago Today, and Today

One month old, January 5, 2014

Thirteen months old, January 5, 2015

Tom's 2015 Reads

January -

1. Another Great Day At Sea
Life Aboard the USS George H.W. Bush
by Geoff Dyer
nonfiction 2014
finished 1/10/15

Books Read in 2015

January -

3. The Mountains Have a Secret - book 12 in the Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte series
by Arthur Upfield
mystery, 1948
finished 1/19/15

2. An Author Bites the Dust - book 11 in the Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte series
by Arthur Upfield
mystery, 1948
finished 1/12/15

1. The Devil's Steps - book 10 in the Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte series
by Arthur Upfield
mystery 1948
finished 1/5/15