Sunday, July 15, 2012
Sunday, July 8, 2012
besides the famous quotes of henry david thoreau, i dog-eared all of these from walden: "how many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book! the book exists for us perchance which will explain our miracles and reveal new ones." "i rejoice that there are owls." "this is a delicious evening, when the whole body is one sense, and imbibes delight through every pore." "solitude is not measured by the miles of space that intervene between a man and his fellows." "grow wild according to thy nature." "morning is when i am awake and there is a dawn in me. to be awake is to be alive." i also learned that an ear of wheat in Latin is spica, from spe which means hope. grain from granum or gerendo to bear. in 1993 i read this book. in 2012 the book read me and dawn hopes on...
"above all there was the linden tree, its shade offering the most sweet-smelling of bowers. a linden tree releasing its perfume at the end of the day is a rapture which leaves an indelible mark, and in the depths of our joy to be alive it traces a groove of happiness that the sweetness of a july evening alone cannot suffice to explain...following the scent belonging to the linden, languorous swaying of branches, a bee gathering pollen at the edge of vision..." (p. 60-61). "we were breathless; it was time to leave the beach. the day had already seemed both deliciously short and long. the shoreline at this point, a long sandy arc stretching lazily into the distance and devoured by waves, offered us maximum pleasure and minimum risk. we were inebriated from the endless rollers and dazed by well-being...i drifted with the waves, surfacing and disappearing beneath their liquid, moving mass..where a strand is laid bare by the low tide and where i truly grasped the meaning of the expression 'between heaven and earth'..." (p. 87). " 'i'm so sorry,' says the young woman, who does not speak with the same accent as her husband, 'there's no more cheese, i have to go shopping this afternoon!' " (p. 98). "it's a delightful feeling to be not yet quite awake, taking a few silent moments to enjoy the fact of not being subjected to the laws of work; when the aroma of hot coffee rises, you finally sit down before your steaming bowl and give a friendly squeeze to the brioche and acknowledge the quality of happiness." (p. 108). --exerpts from muriel barbery's gourmet rhapsody.
Friday, July 6, 2012
the month of july finds Independence Day (i was corrected from my oh-so-casual usage of "happy fourth") sandwiched between two fetes, or other national parties. Canada Day (Fete du Canada) on July 1st, celebrating the British North American Act of 1867 which united three colonies into a single country. And then there's Bastille Day (La Fete Nationale) in France commemorating the storming of the Bastille fortress-prison the 14th of July, 1789 which became a symbol of France becoming a modern nation during the Revolution. pass the sparklers, eh? and s'il vous plait. we have more in common than we might think.
summer is a great time for learning of a different kind. whether it's portland then and now architectural walking tours or new hikes, my mind is clear and ready to make connections. i never knew, for example, that the word "jeweler" came from the late 14th c. Anglo for jueler from joel (jewel), see also juelrye or precious ornaments. this discovery came from wondering with a friend whether it was related at all to Jew, which it's not, but was an interesting quest nonetheless. i also didn't know that buckwheat was a relative of the rhubarb plant and that the word galette, French for "curled" & Latin crispa, is where we get our crepe; originating in Brittany, France and Quebec. in other news, Haystack rock is famous, but i also learned the lesser known rock south along the beach is named Jockey Cap and it indeed looks the part. last but not least, did you know that a mansard roof is one that is done in a four-sided sloping style? if you can use all of these new terms in one sentence, kudos to you! i'll be out learning some more...