I just finished reading Dicey’s Song by Cynthia Voigt. I would like to post a few quotes from chapter 7:
“‘….I got to thinking-when it was too late-you have to reach out to people. To your family too. You can’t just let them sit there, you should put your hand out. If they slap it back, well you reach out again if you care enough. If you don’t care enough, you forget about them, if you can. I don’t know, girl.'”
That was Dicey’s grandmother speaking to Dicey.
Now, on the next page:
“‘….And I’m sorry, the way it turned out. Because somebody’s slapped your hand back good and hard. But I don’t want you to stop reaching, just because it didn’t come out the way it should have.'”
That was still Dicey’s grandmother.
A bit further down that page she says:
“‘I took him-in the nature of an experiment. You know? I wondered if I could. I like him, don’t you?’
‘Sure,’ Dicey said. ‘We all do. But that’s why you told him how poor we are.’
‘You don’t go reaching out with your hand closed up,’ Gram said. ‘It worked out all right this time.’
‘It took me so long to learn,’ Gram explained. ‘I’d like you to have more of a head start.'”
I love when she says “you don’t go reaching out with your hand closed up.” That’s the main reason I posted all this. I had to post a bunch so it would make sense, but that part and the first part about reaching out is really what I wanted to quote.
Think about it. Really think about it. The more you do, the better it gets.
The quotes are all from chapter 7 of Dicey’s Song, by Cynthia Voigt.
If you haven’t noticed…I write a list of books when I don’t know what else to write about.
So here is a list of some good books I’ve been reading:
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
For Freedom: The Story of A French Spy by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Little White Duck: A Childhood in China by Na Liu and Andres Vera Martinez
The Witch’s Boy by Kelly Barnhill
The Feast Day by Edwin Fadiman Jr.
The White Stag by Kate Seredy (all her books are amazing)
The Astronomer & the Witch: Johannes Kepler’s Fight For His Mother by Ulinka Rublack
Wordsworth and Coleridge Lyrical Ballads: 1798 and 1802 publiched by Oxford
I just finished reading Anna Deavere Smith’s book letters to a young artist. I really, really liked it. There is a quote I would like to share from the second to last letter, entitled The World Is Your Lab:
“As you go on this journey, BZ, I cannot promise safety. I can try to help bring you to a kind of artistic leadership. And that calls not for safety, but resilience, and breaking molds when you can. It calls for absorbing this fractious world, absorbing it, sifting through it in your dreams, in your subconscious, in less than obvious ways, and giving it back to a viewer or an audience so that they see the cover of the newspaper differently.”
I think this quote really sums up her message of the book. And I think it’s really what being an artist-of any kind-is.
We have been enjoying this lovely poem by Robert Frost:
A Drumlin Woodchuck
A Drumlin Woodchuck
One thing has a shelving bank,
Another a rotting plank,
To give it cozier skies
And make up for its lack of size.
My own strategic retreat
Is where two rocks almost meet,
And still more secure and snug,
A two-door burrow I dug.
With those in mind at my back
I can sit forth exposed to attack
As one who shrewdly pretends
That he and the world are friends.
All we who prefer to live
Have a little whistle we give,
And flash, at the least alram
We dive down under the farm.
We allow some time for guile
And don’t come out for a while
Either to eat or drink.
We take occasion to think.
And if after the hunt goes past
And the double-barreled blast
(Like war and pestilence
And the loss of common sense),
If I can with confidence say
That still for another day,
Or even another year,
I will be there for you, my dear,
It will be because, though small
As measured against the All,
I have been so instinctively thorough
About my crevice and burrow.
Here are some more great books that I am reading:
Ida B. Wells: Mother of the Civil Rights Movement
By Dennis Brindell Fradin & Judith Bloom Fradin
Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women
By Catherine Thimmesh, Illustrated by Melissa Sweet
By Diane Waldman
Sojourner Truth: Ain’t I a Woman?
By Patricia C. McKissack & Fredrick McKissack
By Marie Kondo
Yesterday, we all went to visit the farm where Meg (our cow) came from. They have lots of cute calves. It’s nice to see a whole herd of cows. 🙂
We also visited my Aunt at her new house. We saw my cousins (ages 17, 13, 10 and 8). Which was nice.
Then we went to my mom’s hometown and took pictures for a bit. Until it started to pour, that is.
Then we drove to a bigger town to see a concert. But we were early, so we went to a book store. Which literally had tons of books. Three big rooms, plus a basement, with books just jam packed in there. They had lots of vintage books, which was nice. I can’t wait to go back. That was my favorite part. My mom bought some used Marc Chagall books, which was great.
Then the concert was lovely.
So we had a great day!
So, we’ve been getting up around 5:30am to milk Meg. All night Gracie is put in small pen in the barn, so she won’t eat all the milk, then we milk Meg and let Gracie out. Sometimes my dad gets up, sometimes I get up. It’s really early, so I go back to bed for a bit. It is nice to get up that early, but it’s kind of too early, Hopefully we can push it back a bit so we don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn.
We had our music festival last weekend, which was fun and exhausting. The kids played a great game of tag, which was so great!! I love tag.
It is definitely true that “absence makes the heart grow fonder”. Since the festival ended, I haven’t wanted to leave home at all. I’ve taken pleasure in everything. Even weeding the onion row today, was so satisfying. Milking so early is also great.
This Sunday we are leaving to go to strings camp. I am excited, but also nervous, since I haven’t been in 3 years. I’m also nervous that we will get lost on the way. We’ve been 6 times before, but still. I’m also sad that we’ll have t be away from home. 😦
The chicks are giant. So is Gracie. Time goes so fast!
I read ‘An Acceptable Time’, which I’ve never read before. I LOVED it. I like physics, just not the really mathematical kind.
I’m writing a lot lately. I’ve been liking writing almost more than drawing. Viola is going good. I’m kind of tired of it, I kind of want to take break, oh well.
I need to wrap up, since we’re about to eat dinner. Goodbye!
This is probably a lot to take in. But it’s all good info, so don’t skip this post!! 😉
“The need to be recognized as the winner destroys your ability to take your turn, because taking your turn requires you to be willing to not win.”
-What To Do When It’s Your Turn (Seth Godin)
“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.”
“Art is a personal act of courage, something one human does that creates change in another.”