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The Marvelous Gift of the Body

“It is customary to speak of “the indomitable human spirit” as that which carries man through crises like this, but the body surely merits more attention than it usually gets. Not the trained, beautifully conditioned body of the athlete, but the weak, underfed, and ordinary body with which we are all endowed. It was under […]

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Assault

Assault Edna St. Vincent Millay I had forgotten how the frogs must sound After a year of silence, else I think I should not so have ventured forth alone At dusk upon this unfrequented road. I am waylaid by Beauty. Who will walk Between me and the crying of the frogs? Oh, savage Beauty, suffer […]

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Not shaking the grass

    And the days are not full enough And the nights are not full enough And life slips by like a field mouse Not shaking the grass –Ezra Pound   I’ve posted this short poem before. Every time I stumble across it, it’s like finding it for the first time. A thrill of excitement, […]

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Sea Fever

Sea Fever by John Masefield I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by; And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking, And a grey mist on the sea’s […]

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Matisse-Inspired

  As I said in my write-up of our museum day last week, I think Botticelli is the greater artist but it was the Matisse exhibit that had me itching to go home and create. Perhaps it’s Matisse’s childlike simplicity. He makes it seem as if art is achievable, while I know I will never […]

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Botticelli and Matisse at the MFA

I’d been awaiting this day for a while. My friend Rachel was going to meet us at the museum and Dom took the day off so he could come too. We were going to see Botticelli and Matisse! Bella was thrilled, Sophie was intrigued, and the younger kids were resigned. And then we almost didn’t […]

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