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We spoke of blue stockings
and I trust that I knew
that a blue stocking woman
would write what was true
but I found in my search
there were only a few
who had been preserved
however well deserved
their efforts had been. (in the 18th century, that is)

And then I found an interview with Iris Murdoch in which she said, in differentiating between philosophy and literature: ” Literature has no continuous task, it is not in that sense a kind of ‘work’.  It is indeed something in which we all indulge spontaneously, and so might seem nearer to play.  Literary modes are natural to us, very close to ordinary life and to the way we live as reflective beings.  Not all literature is fiction but the greater part of it is or involves fiction,invention, masks, playing roles, pretending, imagining, story-telling.  When we return home and ‘tell our day’, we are artfully shaping material into story form. (These stories are often funny, incidentally.)  So in a way as word-users we all exist in a literary atmosphere, we live and breath literature, we are all literary artists, we  are constantly employing language to make interesting forms out of experience which originally seemed dull or incoherent.  How far reshaping involves offences against truth is a problem any artist must face.  A deep motive for making literature or art of any sort is the desire to defeat the formlessness of the world and cheer oneself up by constructing forms out of what might otherwise seem a mass of senseless rubble.”




Synchronicity is so amazing sometimes. This is my very first time I’ve participated in Illustration Friday and it happens to compliment this weeks topic at the BlueStocking meeting. The topic for Illustration Friday is “Sprout.” But I think what I drew signifies a growing and healthy hope, also.

Literary Bohemian

p.s. This is just a thumbnail. if you’d like to see a larger version, stop by my blog.

(Photo by Robin. 2006)

I saw on the news that Punxsutawney Phil (the famous groundhog from Pennsylvania in the U.S.) came out of his burrow on Gobbler’s Knob today and predicted that we can expect an early spring. Only six more weeks of winter, says Phil. Phil’s prognostication is based on the fact that he did not see his shadow. I’d have been amazed if he had. It’s a gray, gloomy, and overcast day.

Have you ever noticed that colors pop (really stand out) on gray, gloomy, and overcast days? I’ve always thought of it as the gift of the cloudy day, the way the colors become so brilliant (provided there’s no rain, mist or fog to dull them).

But I digress. Phil’s prediction (taken from the official website) is as follows:

Phil’s official forecast as read 2/2/07 at 7:28 a.m. at Gobbler’s Knob:

El Nino has caused high winds, heavy snow, ice and freezing temperatures in the west.
Here in the East with much mild winter weather we have been blessed.

Global warming has caused a great debate.
This mild winter makes it seem just great.

On this Groundhog Day we think of one thing.
Will we have winter or will we have spring?

On Gobbler’s Knob I see no shadow today.
I predict that early spring is on the way.

Of course it’s read in Groundhogese first, then translated into English by one of the Inner Circle. It’s interesting to note that since 1887 when the first official visit to Gobbler’s Knob took place, Phil has seen his shadow 96 times, no shadow 15 times, and no record exists for the remaining 9 times. Looks like early springs are hard to come by.

For those wanting to do a little weather prognostication of their own, here’s an old Scottish poem to help you out:

As the light grows longer
The cold grows stronger
If Candlemas be fair and bright
Winter will have another flight
If Candlemas be cloud and rain
Winter will be gone and not come again
A farmer should on Candlemas day
Have half his corn and half his hay
On Candlemas day if thorns hang a drop
You can be sure of a good pea crop


The children are our greatest hope.


“He who has health has hope and he who has hope has everything”.


Hope may be a thing with feathers, but in this case, hope has wings.

hand fly


Suitcases of Hope

This week, Lori had the opportunity to attend a lecture given by Nobel Laureate and Holocaust-survivor, Elie Wiesel.  Prof. Wiesel spoke at length on the nature of hope and despair, cautioning us not to despair when we look at evil and indifference in the world.   He stated that even our creative endeavors must be “with a purpose that appeals to hope.”    

Do you agree with this statement?  If so, how do your creative works, whether written or visual, inspire hope?   

Pack a suitcase to bring to the Blue Stockings meeting. Fill it with pieces that inspire hope and then share something from your suitcase at the meeting.

Or if you have a story, photograph, piece of art, or a poem that you believe inspires hope, please feel free to post it   (using the category  “BS 02.02.07″)

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