Quote of the Week

“The fair breeze blew, the white foam flew,
The furrows followed free;
We were the first that ever burst
Into that silent sea.”

The Ancient Mariner. Part II, Stanza 5.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge [1772-1834]

From, Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations by John Bartlett.
Published by Little, Brown and Company, 1955. Page 420.

To read the full poem: Poets.org.

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The Sunday Salon

The Sunday Salon is hosted by Readerbuzz.

What I’m reading now:

I read a chapter a day in Adam Bede by George Eliot.

Dark Night of the Soul by Saint John of the Cross.

Sabriel by Garth Nix.

The Fall of Numenor by J.R.R. Tolkien.

In Good Time by Jen Pollock Michel.

The Viking Heart by Arthur Herman

Walt Whitman, Complete Poetry and Collected Prose.

I’m enjoying all of the books. Sabriel is out of my normal type of book to read, and I did this on purpose. I want to explore/read this type of genre.

All the above links are to Goodreads.

What else is going on in my life?

This afternoon at 2 PM it is 59 but feels cooler. The humidity is high. The wind is slight and from the south. Heavy overcast sky has gone away, and I see only bright blue sky.

On January 1, that evening, my 17-year-old grandson who has several mental health conditions had a violent outburst at his home. Then he talked of ending his life. The next morning, he voluntarily went to stay in a psych treatment center for several days. He had medication changes. He is in counseling. After 5 days he was discharged home. This was emotionally draining on all of the family. It is a difficult and ominous way to begin a new year. So far, he is fine. Back in school. Track began last week.

My husband has a sinus infection…again. He has probably had it several days or weeks. Yesterday, after a doctor appointment, he is on an antibiotic.

I am fine, busy with life and busy with several books I’m juggling to read.

Today is a lovely day at home.

Enjoy your weekend!

[Review] The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking

Publisher and Publication Date: William Morrow. 2017.
Genre: Nonfiction. Lifestyle.
Pages: 289.
Format: Hardcover.
Source: Public library.
Audience: Readers with an interest in hygge and simple living.
Rating: Good.

Link for the book @ Amazon.

Summary:

Is it pronounced hooga, hhyooguh, or heurgh? Meik Wiking says all three are okay to use.

The Little Book of Hygge is a small, condensed book about the lifestyle known as hygge.

The lifestyle is well-known in Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, Canada, and Germany. But each country uses a different word from their language with a unified theme defining a cozy atmosphere.

The book explores other countries but primarily Denmark is the focus.

The book explores the foods, lighting, clothing, Christmas, all with what is considered hygge.

The last chapter is “Hygge and Happiness.”

My Thoughts:

I picked up this book a few days ago at the public library.

I’ve enjoyed reading it. It gave me a little more information about how to correctly pronounce the word, what it means, how it originated, and how many things are included in hygge (for example, foods.)

In American social media, I see the words “simple living” often used. Simple living means purging all that you either don’t love or will not use again. Keep the home simple and uncluttered. But I don’t see what they want to fill the home with. Hygge is about filling the home and filling our life with a cozy and calm and treasured atmosphere. I especially love this. In some ways, I have already been focused on hygge. Now, I will incorporate more hygge ideas.

This is a perfect book for someone with in interest in hygge. It is clear and concise.

[Review] The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Publisher and Publication Date: Original publisher and date is George M. Hill and Company in 1900. My edition is Kindle E-Book. The Kindle copy is no longer available as I purchased it at Amazon a while back. Other e-book editions are available.
Genre: Children’s fiction and fantasy.
Pages: 137.
Format: E-Book.
Source: Self purchase from Amazon.
Audience: Readers of Children’s stories.
Rating: Very good.

Link for an E-Book edition @ Amazon.

I believe there are a total of 14 in the series.

Summary:

The film with Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale was released in 1939. It is titled The Wizard of Oz.

The film is so ingrained in my mind it is hard to imagine reading the story without picturing Judy Garland as Dorothy. While reading, I quickly picked up on differences in the film and book.

Most know the story of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. But for those who do not know. Dorothy is in her farmhouse where she lives with an aunt and uncle when it is picked up by a tornado and set down on top of a witch in a new land far from her Kansas home. Her aunt and uncle did not travel with her. She wants to go home despite being in this bright and vibrant colored land. If you remember in the film, it is drab gray everywhere until she opens the door to this new Technicolor land.

She is told to travel a long journey to see Oz and he will help. Along the way she meets kindred folk: Scarecrow, Tinman, and the Lion. Each of them has a reason to see the great and wonderful Oz.

Oz wants help before he gives help to Dorothy and her travel partners. So, they embark on a new journey. They meet the terrible Wicked Witch of the West!

I almost forgot her dear friend and constant companion, her little dog Toto.

My Thoughts:

The film, The Wizard of Oz, is such a wonderful, beautiful, and endearing memory for me. Because I picture mother sitting beside me while watching it. I remember the different ages I have been while watching it. I remember watching it with my own children and grandchildren. The Wizard of Oz is a treasure in film. It is remarkable for its era. I could go on and on.

The book is memorable and remarkable because of its unique legacy in story. Remember it was published in 1900. What an imagination Baum had. I remember a Victorian fantasy story which was written by George MacDonald, Phantastes. I do not think there were many others like it.

So often films are not better than the book. In this case, I believe the film enhanced the book and complimented it. It certainly gave it a timeless quality.

For the book, I knew what to expect. It was fun to spot the differences. I will not share in review those differences but let the readers find them.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a splendid story of moral teaching, adventure, friendship, and endurance.

It has internal and external conflicts.

It has memorable and fascinating characters.

The book I have rated very good. I rate the film excellent.

Unfortunately, there is a popup ad right on the screen.