Thursday, January 17, 2013

the light that tied too tight escapes*

The way snow settles on branches,

the glorious, startling red of a cardinal,

how the fragrance of hyacinths fill a room.

I commit them to memory, with the hope that when I am overwhelmed, they will revive me.

Meanwhile... There are whale alive today who were born before Moby Dick was written. here (and check out their link to the Moby Dick big read); 

You can view Emily Dickinson's letters, manuscripts and fragments here (click guest);

Ninety-four years ago in Boston a "Giant Wave of 2,300,000 Gallons of Molasses, 50 Feet High, Sweeps Everything Before It—100 Men, Women and Children Caught In Sticky Stream—Buildings, Vehicles, and L Structure Crushed.” from The Boston Post, January 15 1919; read more here.

*Emily Dickinson


  1. Hello Jen:
    We really do find it incredible that there are whales living to be over 200 years old. Now that we had no idea of before reading the linked article.

    The image of the Hyacinth is lovely and has inspired us to find them for the weekend. Such a wonderful, powerful scent.

    1. I hope you find some wonderful hyacinths!

  2. Hi Jen, as Jane and Lance Hattatt wrote the story of the whales is amazing! Thank you for this information and for your kind comments on my blog.
    By the way the scene of whale with big tail and another one who spouted that I watched in San Francisco is unforgettable.

    1. I have never gone on a whale watching trip, but I hear they're amazing.

  3. Hey Jen, I read about the molasses disaster in Boston years ago. At that time, it was said that when the weather is damp, one can still get a whiff of molasses where it ran down the streets. You should go walk the "way" next time it rains and let us know.

    Hope winter dreariness isn't getting you down.

    1. It's like something out of a horror movie!

  4. oh, wow, that bit of information about the whales was really interesting! how bizarre.

  5. Good morning Jen,
    A most interesting post.
    What a disaster with the molasses. poor little Anthony.. he was lucky.
    I could never imagine so many tons of molasses ..the people that survived were lucky.
    It was also great to see some of the headlines in the Boston post.
    The whale story is very interesting. I love whales and have sailed alongside many.
    thank you for sharing these stories.
    your Hyacynth is blooming so well.
    wishing you a happy weekend

    1. It really is hard to imagine! Happy weekend to you.

  6. that cardinal must have made your spirit soar.
    the whale info is so interesting!

    1. There were three male and two females, and I couldn't stop watching them.

  7. Hello Jen, Everyone is starting to report deep snow now, but I feel no twinges of envy. I do like your hyacinth arrangement, although I never knew that they were heavily scented, so I will continue to admire them from a distance.

    It's nice to go for a walk in the woods when they are like that, and even nicer when you come back in.
    --Road to Parnassus

    1. When people hear I used to live in California, they often say, "Didn't you miss the seasons?" Maybe, but at this point in my life I'd be happy to live somewhere with no snow and ice. Though we haven't had much this year or last, which is troubling.

  8. wild world! i had no idea about the marvelous!

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  10. Talk about coming to a sticky end.

    xo Jane

  11. We haven't had snow yet here where I live but ten days ago, it snowed a lot in Tokyo, and Tokyoites made a big deal out of it. It was a "coming of age day" so most of young ladies who turned to be 20 wore long sleeved "kimonoes" to attend the ceremony. They started as an adult with a heavy snow and cold wind. It must have been a harsh lesson, however,they looked happy.

    I bought Emily Dikinson's poem book, only 50 pieces included though.
    Thank you for introducing her.

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