Joy within.

This post ends my year-long skim through some lines in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poems. I discovered this poem, “The Shepherd,” pasted in the back of “The Friendship Birthday Book” that contained the Longfellow lines. This poem by Laurence Binyon was apparently special to the person recording birthdays in the little green book. The line that sticks out to me is “now he has joy within.” The shepherd was alone in the evening doing his work—and he experienced joy. Joy from within.

Good deeds.


Happy National Author’s Day!

“Deeds are better things than words are” – a line from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, “Hiawatha.” What’s a simple, but impactful, deed you could do for wordsmiths (authors)? Enter a review (even just a sentence) on Amazon. You don’t need to have purchased the book there. So, if you’ve read “Surviving the Pink Ribbon” and it was helpful, please click here to go to my book’s page and enter a review. On that page, scroll down past Product Details, About the Author and Products Related to Review This Product. Click on Write a Customer Review.


Silent presence.

Alfred Brendel was a renowned classical pianist. He’s also known to have said, “The word ‘listen’ contains the same letters as the word ‘silent’.” When I was navigating breast cancer treatment, the most precious gift was the gift of someone’s presence. Even silent presence can speak loudly.

Past and present.

Lines from the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem, A Gleam of Sunshine, come to mind as I cross on a walk-bridge in rural Kentucky:

“The past and present here unite

Beneath time’s flowing tide,

Like footprints hidden by a brook,

But seen on either side.”

A Gleam of Sunshine poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Amazing design.

Every year I am amazed that tiny seeds become yummy vegetables. The photo shows a carrot seed (under the first stitched “R”). Every day I am surrounded by awe-inspiring design in the world around me. Working in the garden reminds me to notice and appreciate these dependable and intricate designs.