And yet a spirit, still, and bright, with something of angelic light…


The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Perfect Woman

by William Wordsworth
She was a phantom of delight

When first she gleam’d upon my sight;

A lovely apparition, sent

To be a moment’s ornament;

Her eyes as star of twilight fair;

Like twilight’s, too, her dusky hair;

But all things else about her drawn

From May-time and the cheerful dawn;

A dancing shape, an image gay,

To haunt, to startle, and waylay.

I saw her upon nearer view,

A Spirit, yet a Woman too!

Her household motions light and free,

And steps of virgin liberty;

A countenance in which did meet

Sweet records, promises as sweet;

A creature not too bright or good

For human nature’s daily food;

For transient sorrows, simple wiles,

Praise, blame, love, kisses, tears, and smiles.

And now I see with eye serene

The very pulse of the machine;

A being breathing thoughtful breath

A traveller between life and death;

The reason firm, the temperate will,

Endurance, foresight, strength, and skill;

A perfect Woman, nobly plann’d

To warm, to comfort, and command;

And yet a Spirit still, and bright

With something of angelic light.

“Perfect Woman” by William Wordsworth. Public domain.

Recipe for Peace

John on Love

Italic Calligraphy of    John 14; 15-26    by Jeanne

Definition #204 Tanka Poem

baby quail

                                                                               baby quail

Tanka Poem by Joy Acey:
Twenty baby quail
scurry and scatter, running
under their mothers
breasts offering protection
soothing comfort, feathered love

A tanka is a syllabric poem made up of 5 lines.
Line 1 = 5 syllables
Line 2 = 7 syllables
Line 3 = 5 syllables
Line 4 = 7 syllables
Line 5 = 7 syllables

It is like a haiku with two extra 7 syllable lines.

Grandma Needs

"He's not heavy; he's my brother!"

“He’s not heavy; he’s my brother!”

food, play, music, couch, safety,
rest, comfort, and art!

“You Smell Bad”


You Smell Bad

This is a PDF about a thunderstorm
2 children who try to help a frightened dog
and their Nana and Don.


Male or female?

[caption id="attachment_2933" align="aligncenter" width="480"]hold on hold on

In the air
in the plane
we fall
and turn
blown and shook.

Look for comfort:
a steady grip
a Southwest rock-a-bye.

Magdalena Arthen

Lena and Jacob @ their 50th Wedding Anniversary

Lena and Jacob @ their 50th Wedding Anniversary

Grandma sewed 44 sets of PJ’s each Christmas,
Baked crullers, sauerbraten,
Sat enthroned in hassock-ed chairs,
Reigning o’er progeny’s den.

Baked crullers, sauerbraten,
Offered quarters for allowance,
Cooking lessons, Ed Sullivan’s TV dance.

Sat enthroned in hassock-ed chairs
Upholstered comfort, doilied arms,
Sweet kitchen smells, soft balms.

Reigning o’er progeny’s den:
Nodding, dignity conferred
On all her brood, her herd.

Please see also:

Fruits of Forgiveness

Together in comfort, acceptance and love

Together in comfort, acceptance and love

“forgive and comfort …or he may become so bitter, he won’t be able to recover…” 2 Corinthians 2:5-8

After forgiveness
comes comfort, acceptance, love
daily acts of faith!

Horse Comfort


Cat alights to get
your back and keeps it ready
for sprint and gallop!

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