The Unkindest Cut


I had the day off today. I thought that I would spend the day thinking deep thoughts and writing glorious prose. Instead I spent it going through paperwork for my taxes and playing Mahjong.

Ah well. The best laid plans.

But then I found myself at the end of the day having written neither jot nor tittle for my regularly scheduled blog post. The horror! Panicked, I naturally turned to my handy Introduction to Literature book. After due consideration, I pulled out a poem that spoke directly to my day.


Wisdom From James

I’ve been thinking a lot about James Allen this week.

James Allen was a British philosophical writer, born in 1864. I stumbled across him originally when I found a quote from him on the back of a Celestial Seasonings tea box. As I continued reading his work, I found that a lot of what he wrote resonates with me.

So, because I’ve been thinking about him and what he had to say, I’d like to share some wisdom from James with you. These excerpts are from his best-known work,  “As A Man Thinketh”:


Snowy Evening

In celebration of the first significant snowfall since October at The Palatial Horvath Estate, I thought I would share one of my favorite snow poems, “Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost.

The thing I love best about Frost’s poems is that on the surface they sound all folksy and wholesome, but if you think about them a little more, they go so much deeper.

I hope you enjoy it!


Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening
by Robert Frost

Wisdom from Charles

Thanks to a wicked Christmas cold attacking my throat and some rather stringent demands from my day job attacking my sanity, I don’t have many creative brain cells left to come up with a blog post today. So I’ve decided to share with you some wit and wisdom from Charles – Charles Dickens, that is.  Here are a few of my favorite quotes from this great novelist:

“I admire machinery as much as any man, and am as thankful to it as any man can be for what it does for us.  But, it will never be a substitute for the face of a man, with his soul in it, encouraging another man to be brave and true. ”

Wisdom From Henry

I had planned a rather witty blog post for today. Well, I thought it was witty. Opinions may vary. But I had a sad and difficult day at work, and I just don’t feel very witty at the moment.

I thought I would share one of my very favorite quotes with you instead. Well, it’s more of an excerpt than a quote because it comes from Walden by Henry David Thoreau. Henry was a wise, wise man, and when I read Walden I can feel the woods all around me. This particular excerpt always makes me feel empowered and reminds me that sometimes we must wrestle with life to understand the true experience of it.


Let Us Praise the Rain

It is raining again here at the Palatial Horvath Estate, as it has so often rained in the past two months. We in the Eastern US seem to have gotten most of the rain needed by the Mid- and South- West.  But Mother Nature has blessed with an uneven hand this year. I am sorry, my Mid- and South- Westian friends, for if I could send you some of our rain, I would. Instead I can only look out, sip a warm cup of tea, and enjoy.

Since I have nothing else planned to post today, I thought I would share a poem in praise of rain and love and nature.