Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Human Seasons

Four Seasons fill the measure of the year;
 There are four seasons in the mind of man:
He has his lusty Spring, when fancy clear
 Takes in all beauty with an easy span:
He has his Summer, when luxuriously
 Spring's honey'd cud of youthful thought he loves
To ruminate, and by such dreaming high
  Is nearest unto Heaven: quiet coves
His soul has in it's Autumn, when his wings
  He furleth close; contented so to look
On mists in idleness - to let fair things
  Pass by unheeded as a threshold brook.
He has his Winter too of pale misfortune,
Or else he would forego his mortal nature.

~John Keats

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

On the Grasshopper and Cricket

The poetry of earth is never dead:
   When all the birds are faint with the hot sun,
   And hide in cooling trees, a voice will run
From hedge to hedge about the new-mown mead;
That is the Grasshopper's - he takes the lead
   In summer luxury, - he has never don
   With his delights; for when tired out with fun
He rests at ease beneath some pleasant wee.
The poetry of earth is ceasing never:
  On a lone winter evening, when the frost
    Has wrought a silence, from the stove there shrills
The Crickets song in warmth increasing ever,
  And seems to one in drowsiness half lost,
    The Grasshopper's among some grassy hills.

~John Keats

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Building Your Vocabulary: 100 Ways to Say...

We can all use encouragement, so find a superb word to fit the situation, or pick one in particular to be your word for great. My dad always uses, "Outstanding!"

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Family Rules

I love all the different ideas on Pinterest for presenting family rules. Painted on stairs, chalkboard art, canvases in black and white, etc. I have put together my lists of favorite succinct rules, because not everyone else's collection had everything I would want, or it had things I didn't want, or maybe just wasn't worded the way I would like. But I finally came across one that had all the rules I wanted on there (plus a couple extra that I liked), in a presentation I liked. Can't afford it right now, but someday maybe I can. Or I will find someone more crafty than I who can help me put my own list of rules on display.

This particular print can be found at Joss and Main. I like the reminder of "Don't Whine" as it is particular issue I am learning how to handle. I also like the saying "Use Kind Words" because that is something I say everyday to my children (and myself) as we learn to communicate.
What are some of your favorite family rules?