Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Little Bit of This, and A Little Bit of That

Here are some photos that have been waiting to be posted  - mostly nature photos which I have an addiction to taking, especially now that it's spring.

I've been practicing manual focus which is really hard for me, but when I do manage to get it to work, the result is awesome and I love it. A number of these were taken in manual focus.




And here is a wonderful poem I read in Literature class:

With Whom Is No Variableness,
Neither Shadow of Turning
Arthur Hugh Clough
It fortifies my soul to know
That, though I perish, Truth is so:
That, howsoe'er I stray and range,
Whate'er I do, Thou dost not change.
I steadier step when I recall
That, if I slip, Thou dost not fall.

Monday, April 14, 2014

I'm starting a youtube channel?

Yep, that's right.
After much deliberation, going back and forth in my mind and asking my family what they think, I have decided to start a channel.
It is going to be a place where I can share my thoughts, hobbies, and adventures. Kind-of like this blog, just in video form.
Right now I'm working on setting everything up. Now that youtube has changed so much, I don't know how everything works, but it will be ready soon.
I'm also sick right now, so filming might be delayed a bit, but I'm excited to start this new project.

I will link everything here on the blog as soon as it's ready. =)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

"I hold it true, whate'er befall;
I feel it, when I sorrow most;
'Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all."
from In Memoriam
 by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

I Love Your Style..... Taylor Swift

  This is a new series I'm starting on the blog. Every so often I will post about people whose style I admire.
To start off, we have Taylor Swift. You probably know that I love her music, but her style is perfect too!
She is probably my favorite "style icon."

Some things I like about her style:
  • Vintage feel
  • Oxfords
  • Modesty - she doesn't show too much skin
  • Hair and Makeup

street style
Keds campaign




Tuesday, April 1, 2014

March Review

I have been a movie-and-book-aholic this month. And is it just me, or has March seemed extreeeemely long?
Books:

Joan of Arc by Mark Twain
Although I thought Twain made Joan a little too perfect and unrelatable in the beginning, I really liked the "Trial and Martyrdom" part. She seemed more real, and it is convicting and heartbreaking to see her love of the truth and bravery in the face of such evil. Joan of Arc's story is very inspiring to me.

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
The story itself is (or could be) very interesting, but the writing is rather poor. And I don't like how it never says what happens to Duke - that is a big detail to leave unresolved.

Tuesdays With Morrie  by Mitch Albom
Very good lessons about life and death. I like how Morrie stresses that love is the most important thing, and also his advice to be a good listener, giving people your full attention and not always worrying about what comes next. That is something I need to work on.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The writing is wonderful, descriptive but not laggy. A good story also, and I'd like to watch the movie again now that I've read the book, because I think I will get more from it.

Movies:

The Host (Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons)
An interesting story/concept, but bad acting. I think I would prefer this as a book.

The Whistleblower (Rachel Weisz)
 Rachel Weisz's performance was really good. This movie is sad and realistic without being too graphic. I didn't watch the major rape scene because I am very disturbed by that kind of violence in movies, but besides that, I felt it gave a good picture of what was happening without being too gory. This is a very important subject, and it is a sad, scary thing that this is going on all over the world.

Emma (Gwyneth Paltrow)
I love Jane Austen, the costumes were pretty, Emma was lovely - it was a light, fun movie. 

Mona Lisa Smile (Julia Roberts)
Julia is so lovely - one of my favorite actresses. I liked this movie - it wasn't earth-shattering or whatever, but it was sweet.

The Lord of the Rings trilogy (Elijah Wood and a million others =)
I've grown up with this trilogy, so it is very dear to me. These will probably always be some of my favorite movies. Many of my favorite actors are in it, and it was just very well done. I still haven't read the books though, and I am very eager to do so. I need to buy them!!!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

There are always flowers for those who want to see them. -Henri Matisse

 One of my favorite past times (now that spring is here) has been to ride my bicycle and take photographs.
It's so lovely to be out in nature, feeling the wind, smelling the new blossoms, enjoying the sunshine.

 These pictures are from my last bike ride, before I got sick. =( That sort-of put a damper on my riding, but hopefully I'll be better soon and able to get back to it.


These gorgeous flowers give off such an amazing scent as you pass by - they smell almost like jasmine.


Monday, March 24, 2014

Artists :: Charles Courtney Curran

I just recently found Curran's paintings and fell in love! They are gorgeous!
The flowers, pretty girls, sunlight - perfect paintings for the springtime.

Curran: (1861 – 1942) American artist. 


Fall Sunshine

The Goldfish

Reading
I've saved so many; these are just some of my favorites.

I shut my eyes in order to see. -Paul Gauguin




Sunday, March 23, 2014

Spring Has Sprung

 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true,
whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever are just,
whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely,
whatsoever things are of good report;
if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise,
think on these things.
(Phil. 4:8)
Earth is crammed with Heaven. - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The perfect spring song: Cat Stevens - Morning Has Broken

And one of the best speeches in the Lord of the Rings trilogy (since we are watching them again right now =):

“Frodo: I can’t do this, Sam.

Sam: I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are.
It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened?
But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer.
Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.

Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?

Sam: That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

William's 4th Birthday :: Lake

In the morning (after a sleepover in Bill's room), we headed to the lake. It had been too long since we'd been there, and it was so fun, even if it was too cold to swim. The day was beautiful, Lisa came with us, we had a delicious bar-b-que, and I had smores for the first time.



I took this with my ipod, and it really looks like a painting.


Our attempts to keep the candles burning =)






I finally get to ride in the back of the truck!
Happy, happy birthday Billy!