Earth Day My Love For You, Sweet Earth by Fyodor Ivanovich Tyutchev

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  For Earth Day some things to ponder.

A Poem My Love For You, Sweet Earth

My love for you, sweet Earth, my mother,
I cannot hide – I do not crave
The phantom pleasures of that other,
That spectral world beyond the grave.
O spring, the blessedness of Eden
Compared to yours as nothing is!
Love’s joys you bring us all unbidden,
And golden dreams, and light, and bliss.

What rapture to drink in the balmy,
Warm air of spring, to languor wed,
And watch the clouds drift slowly, calmly
High in the blueness overhead;
To wander happily and idly
Across a field and past a stream,
To catch the scent of blooming lilac
Or chance upon a radiant dream!..

by Fyodor Ivanovich Tyutchev

 

And some wonderful pictures of spring HERE. via HERE.

 

It’s National Library Week, So Go Hug Your Librarian!!!

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So busy reading poetry this almost completely slipped by.

It’s National Library Week!! Where would we be without our wonderful libraries and librarians.

Chronicle Books have put together a lovely piece about how great libraries are. Pop on over and check it out.

HERE.

And when you are done, go hug your librarian. Remember, if you enjoy reading they probably played a big part in this!

FunDay Friday ~ Revelation, a Visual Poem by sebastien montaz-rosset, Poem by Charlotte Davies

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This is WONDERFUL!!!!!

Beyond wonderful.

Powerful words + Imagery = something almost indescribable.

The filmmaker Sebastien Montaz-Rosset has taken the words of Charlotte Davies and made magic.

HERE. (Make sure you have the sound on)

To learn more about the Sebastien Montaz-Rosset HERE and HERE.

And to read the words of the poem HERE.

Enjoy!

 

Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

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Maya Angelou celebrated her birthday a few days ago (April 4) and what better way to pay tribute than by reading one of her poems? She is a powerhouse of literary merit and her written and spoken words make you stop, think and consider. Her words are chosen with care and beauty and her writing is powerful. 

Phenomenal Woman ~ Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman

Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
‘Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Ballad Of The Moon by Federico García Lorca

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Ballad of the Moon

translated by Will Kirkland

The moon came into the forge
in her bustle of flowering nard.
The little boy stares at her, stares.
The boy is staring hard.
In the shaken air
the moon moves her arms,
and shows lubricious and pure,
her breasts of hard tin.
“Moon, moon, moon, run!
If the gypsies come,
they will use your heart
to make white necklaces and rings.”
“Let me dance, my little one.
When the gypsies come,
they’ll find you on the anvil
with your lively eyes closed tight.
“Moon, moon, moon, run!
I can feel their horses come.”
“Let me be, my little one,
don’t step on me, all starched and white!”

Closer comes the horseman,
drumming on the plain.
The boy is in the forge;
his eyes are closed.
Through the olive grove
come the gypsies, dream and bronze,
their heads held high,
their hooded eyes.

Oh, how the night owl calls,
calling, calling from its tree!
The moon is climbing through the sky
with the child by the hand.

They are crying in the forge,
all the gypsies, shouting, crying.
The air is viewing all, views all.
The air is at the viewing.
Federico García Lorca

FunDay Friday ~ Book Spine Poetry

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Poems surround us, and sometimes we do not see.
Sometimes we have to look beyond the rhyming words, the follow on line, words snaking across a page.
Sometimes we need to just look. And see.

 

Book Spines. Poems for the taking.

HERE.

If you have any of your own, you can send them to School Library Journal and they will include them.

How to be famous, without really trying.

 

 

The World by George Herbert

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April 3rd is the birthday of British poet George Herbert. Born in Wales (home to Dylan Thomas and Roald Dahl) in 1593 he was a metaphysical poet who wrote deeply moving poems on religion, life and love.

 

The World

Love built a stately house, where Fortune came,
And spinning fancies, she was heard to say
That her fine cobwebs did support the frame,
Whereas they were supported by the same;
But Wisdom quickly swept them all away.

The Pleasure came, who, liking not the fashion,
Began to make balconies, terraces,
Till she had weakened all by alteration;
But reverend laws, and many a proclomation
Reforméd all at length with menaces.

Then entered Sin, and with that sycamore
Whose leaves first sheltered man from drought and dew,
Working and winding slily evermore,
The inward walls and summers cleft and tore;
But Grace shored these, and cut that as it grew.

Then Sin combined with death in a firm band,
To raze the building to the very floor;
Which they effected,–none could them withstand;
But Love and Grace took Glory by the hand,
And built a braver palace than before.

 

If It’s April It’s National Poetry Month

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April is National Poetry Month where we celebrate poetry and poets who craft such detailed thoughts in few words. Throughout America schools, libraries, booksellers and individuals have events and activities to highlight this wonderful form. To participate is easy – and you don’t even have to be in America! There are many ways you can take parts HERE and during this month we will take a look at some of the suggestions. My favorite is Poem In Your Pocket day (April 18) when you simply just put a poem in your pocket, or how about Take A Poem Out to Lunch? Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?

During this month MLCWO will discover some new and old favorites and we can take a wander through the world of poetry.

 

 

 

National Poetry Month 2014

 

Want To Be Read To?

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Do you remember when you were little and your mother (or some other ‘older’ person) read you to sleep? Soft, dreamy voices that lulled you into drowsiness and you drifted off into the night? Or had you howling with laughter as they tried to keep all the character voices in Harry Potter straight and correct? (no Mommy,  that’s not Hermoine, it’s Hagrid!)

Well, if you want to recapture those days with someone reading to you this is for you. Let your eyes rest and listen to the story. In case you haven’t enjoyed an audio book (or book on tape as they were once called) the kind folks over at Mashable have compiled a list of free (yes, free!!!!!) sites where you can get some reading done for you. HERE. Many of the books are classics, and there is a selection of educational and children’s books but if you haven’t discovered the fun in audio books this might be a good place to start. So, if you have ‘road trip’ in your future, long plane flight, hours of laundry, or just are too tired to hold a book pop on over and check some of the sites out. Not sure if these are only for US based addresses but go try anyway. Also, go to the library as many libraries have either books on cd’s or downloadable books and these are more likely to be best sellers and a wide variety of genres.

Let me know what you find and how you like it.

Star Wars vs. Star Trek by Matt Forbeck

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“COULD THE EMPIRE KICK THE FEDERATION’S ASS? and other galaxy-shaking enigmas”

Includes Forewords by Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett in Star Wars) and Tim Russ (Tuvok in Star Trek: Voyager)
Summary
WHO RULES? CAPTAIN KIRK or HAN SOLO?
Could a Jedi knight use his light saber to deflect a beam from a phaser? Could a Cardassian beat a Chazrach in a fair fight? Would a Federation ship making the Kessel Run crack the Millennium Falcon’s record of less than twelve parsecs? And most important…in a fight between the Empire and the Federation, who would win?
Ever since the first Trekkie walked out of Star Wars in 1977 and said “Meh!”, fans of the two series have gone head to head over these questions. Now you can line up – side by side – aliens, technology, story points, weaponry, and heroes from the two great SF sagas of all time.
Whether you can pronounce “Heglu’meH QaQ jajvam!” (that’s “Today is a good day to die!” in Klingon) or can recite all the names of the members of the Imperial Senate (which meets on Coruscant), you’ll want the detailed information Matt Forbeck has compiled about both universes, as well as trivia, quizzes, quotes, and information drawn from these two iconic settings. So phasers on stun and light sabers at the ready! It’s on.”
Review
This book is SO much fun to read. My family is a huge Star Trek/ Star Wars family. We are all Trekkie’s (while my mom is more so with my dad), but my dad and I are both Star Wars fans as well (I more so.) So we sometimes get into debates over who is better. (I won’t state my opinion as a backlash will ensue, don’t want to start a galactic war now do I? >:) ). So when Christmas came around and I saw this book in Bookends, I just had to buy it, hoping that it would put to rest some of our arguments (sadly it didn’t really.)
This book really does help with many questions that one may have between the two fandoms. 
The book is split up into sections, different creatures, weapons, ships, culture, heroes, and even an ending section of Star Wars fans versus Star Trek fans (haven’t read that part yet haha.) Then within each section, well known character, weapons, ships and so forth are taken from each universe and compared to each other and a situation is set up. The situation is fake but it is as if the two universes collided and then there is an outcome and who would win. The book could be biased in some way or another but still it is SO MUCH FUN TO READ! 
I never would have thought of doing this and its such a genius idea. There are even some quizzes to test you knowledge. There isn’t  a scoring system or anything like that but there are the answers so that you can know if you are correct or not. AND IT IS SO MUCH FUN! We did these quizzes at dinner and would be laughing (or arguing) over different answers.
There isn’t terribly much to say about the book as it is quite self-explanatory but I just have to say that you must try to find it if you are a fan. It is a great read and a good way to have some fun with the family and your friends. You may even learn a thing or two (for that day when you need to choose between joining the Empire of the Federation (that day is coming….I’m telling you :D )). So go and check this book out and let me know what you think because in my opinion it’s so much fun to read. Enjoy!

Angels’ Blood (Guilt Hunter) by Nalini Singh

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Summary

“Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux is hired by the dangerously beautiful Archangel Raphael. But this time, it’s not a wayward vamp she has to track. It’s an archangel gone bad.

The job will put Elena in the midst of a killing spree like no other—and pull her to the razor’s edge of passion. Even if the hunt doesn’t destroy her, succumbing to Raphael’s seductive touch just may. For when archangels play, mortals break.”

-From Amazon.com

Review

OH! MY! GOD! I thought that Archangel’s Blade was amazing, this was just WOWOWOWOWOWOW! No lie, this book was 339 pages long and I read it in less than a day. And 339 pages of small print and PURE AWESOMENESS! I am totally fangirling about this book right now. Book 2 has already been ordered from my library, as well as book 3.

I mean I love stories about Angel’s, but a lot of stories have the angels being teenagers and stuff, this was not like that at all. The Archangel in this, Raphael (I don’t think it was like the real Archangel Raphael from the Bible), was tall, dark hair, muscly with gold and white wings and totally amazing. And then there was Elena, the main female character.

I really loved Elena because she was such a  strong character. The women in the two novels by Nalini Singh that I have read, were such strong characters and I really love them. Instead of the woman pining after the man, that man has to do everything he can to get the girl. And the women in these novels are *says dramatically* kick ass! In this novel she was a Vampire Hunter, and in the other novel the female character was just a regular type of Hunter. I love it!

The best part is, is that there is such a story to it as well. It is definitely not just about romance at all! There is a deep story behind it as well.

This book is definitely for mature readers. There wasn’t a whole lot of sex in it (not much at all surprisingly) but there was quite a lot of graphic violence including bodies and blood, but it went with what the story was about.

I am totally in love with this series and cannot wait for the next book to arrive for me to read…….ugh, it’s going to kill me. I really suggest checking this book out and letting me know if you love it as much as I do! Now excuse me while I go and scream into my pillow as I am so EXCITED!

*Turns her head and screams as loudly as she can into her pillow*

Until next time my lovelies. Keep reading and keep literature alive!

Sleepy Hollow Season 1

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Starring

Tom Mison – Ichabod Crane
Nicole Behaire – Lt. Abbie Mills
Orlando Jones – Captain Frank Irving
Katia Winter – Katrina Crane

Summary

When Ichabod Crane wakes up in a different time period, confused would be an understatement. Thankfully he came across Lieutenant Abbie Mills who had just experienced one of her own supernatural events. Her past, her childhood memories and fears are brought to the surface and things don’t seem like what they are. The 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse will rise and with their arrival, the world will end. But there are those who can stop the Apocalypse, Moloch, and the creatures that Moloch sends to cause fear and destruction. But will the clues that be dropped be solved? And what about the two prophecies?

Review

I haven’t really been a big fan of Fox recently, with the only show that I was interested in being Bones, but then they came out with Sleepy Hollow and my mind was officially blown. For a TV show it is incredibly well done. The story line is also amazing as well. There is a new demon or creature almost every episode and sometimes they are pretty freaky.

This TV show is definitely for a more mature audience (that’s why it’s rated TV-14) as there is quite a lot of violence with the demons and such. The show kept me interested and the plot twisted and turned the ENTIRE time. You never knew what was going to happen right up until the last 5 minutes of the season finale. MIND! BLOWN!

The season finale, which was 2 hours, was amazing and so many things happened and it really reminded me of an American Horror Story episode or something like that that. It was pretty freaky but it was amazingly well done. I can’t say more than that in fear of revealing something. O.O

The settings in the TV show were quite amazing as well. There is a lot of flashbacks to Cranes previous life during the American Revolution. In addition to that I love how they mix history into this story making General Washington some type of zombie or something like that ( can’t explain it in full details in fear of disclosing some information).

I have never really been a fan of these types of TV shows before. I usually stick to the Crime TV shows (Hawaii Five-O, Criminal Minds) but this one was an exception. It was amazing. The filming is really well done and the characters are great as well. There is character development which doesn’t really happen in many of these big budget TV shows.

Honestly I cannot give anything away about the story as if I do I’ll spoil some episode or something so I can only say this, you need to check this out. If you like the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, then this will put a nice twist to it. Most of the episodes can be seen on Fox.com or you can wait a few months for the season to come out on DVD. But let me know what you think because I personally love this series and will be counting down the days until the return of season 2.

How much longer do I have to wait until the fall? :/

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A History of Weapons by John O’Bryan (Author) and Barry Orkin (Illustrator)

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“Crossbows, Caltrops, Catapults & Lots of Other Things that Can Seriously Mess You Up”

One of the coolest covers ever! :D

Summary

“BEHOLD more than 150 of the freakiest weapons in history.

UNLOCK the secrets of Genghis Khan, the “peaceful” Shaolin monks, and the ass-whooping Rajputs of India.

DISCOVER the truths about strange and ancient weapons like the atlatl, the sarissa, the urumi, and the Maka Pahoa Ko’oko’o

BECOME ONE with the often eccentric and always fascinating history of weapons”

-From the back of the book

Review

WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOW!! This book is freaking AWESOME! I haven’t read the entire thing as it isn’t supposed to be read like a regular novel. It is a factual book but its fun to read. The book is broken up into different sections, classifying weapons under what time period they are from or who used them. An example would be that there is a section just on the cavemen’s weapons and then there is a section of Ninjas and Samurai and shows the difference between the two groups and the weapons that they used. The chapters start with an explanation of the group of people in history that are being mentioned and then there is one page per weapon. There is a picture of the weapon itself and then a paragraph or so on what the weapon actually is and what it was used for and its historical importance. Sometimes it will say how easy it is to use the weapon (usually for better known weapons as in the katana and such), it will sometimes say how it became famous (a historical event, movie, or even video game), and some uses that it was used for. It also may talk about what other weapon was used with it.

The setup was incredibly easy to understand and made the book more enjoyable. I also LOVED the illustrations!

You may think that this book would be boring and all historical and stuff but it most definitely is not. There was one weapon which was talked about which made me laugh because what was said in the description. The weapon was the Mancatcher which is a glorified pair of tweazers, massive style. It has spikes inside of it and was used to keep an enemy down while they were being bound or blindfolded. And John O’Bryan, in one of the sentences said,

“After a victim was subdued by the mancatcher, the knight would typically bind the person’s hands for the ride home. Or if he was feeling like a dick, he might leave the person inside the jaws of the mancatcher for the entire horse ride. Ouch.”

The writing in this book is not like a regular history book where big words are used and such. It is written in a common dialect and it makes it more fun and engaging. The pictures also really add to the book as well because otherwise I would have ABSOLUTELY no idea what the weapons are that are being talked about.

I had always been fascinated with weapons and such and this just does the trick for me (also some of the stories I’m writing has historical contexts and Wikipedia searches just aren’t cutting it for the weapons.) This book puts all of the weapons that you are ever going to need to know in one fun, friendly, and easy to use book.

I also loved the cover. It caught my eye and I loved the tagline of the book. It made me laugh and intrigued me to as what the book was about. What can I say…I sometimes judge a book by its cover and boy am I glad that I did.

I personally love this book and will be reading it from beginning to end. It it set up amazingly well and I am so glad that I made this purchase. You should definitely go and try to find this book. It is worth the price, (not that expensive, about $19). If you are interested in weapons then this is a great thing to buy, but would be an amazing gift for someone who is interested in weapons as well. But even if you aren’t interested in weapons, it’s still a fun read and you may learn something.

So go and check it out and let me know what you think of it.