Photo Phriday with a C Major twist from I like to draw

By Aaron Keleny Parks

By Aaron Keleny Parks

For those of you who don’t know, my son, Aaron, is an art student. He is currently in art school in New York City – the land of artist. I was looking at his latest blog post and I really enjoyed his integration of the drawing (which I like), and the lyrics (which I like), and the youtube video of the song (which I liked). It is so creative.

Way to go Aaron! (And that’s not just a mom talking.)

C Major | I like to draw.


Herman Melville’s Birthday

Of course, everyone knows Herman Melville  for his famous Moby Dick, and for good reason. I remember the first time I read that book, I had never read a whole story that was written with such lovely prose. Though as with Shakespeare, it takes a while to get used to the  flow of the language. Melville had worked on at least 3 different whaling ships as a young man, so the man did know to what he was speaking of. An interesting little tidbit about this book is that it wasn’t very popular when it came out. The publisher was not able to sell the initial printing of 3000 copies before Melville died. It was brought back and recognized as an accomplished work  in the early 1900s, only after his death. It’s been a very long time since I read Moby Dick. I really need to pick it up again.

(Herman Melville – Born: 1819, New York City-  died: 1891, New York City – 72 years, though his adult, married life was spent in Pittsfield, Mass at the home they called Arrowhead where his and his wife, Elizebeth Shaw, raised their four children and farmed. They moved to New York City in 1863. Arrowhead is presently a museum.)

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It’s Elizabeth’s Birthday today

It’s Elizabeth Barret Browning’s Birthday today.

She was born in 1806 in England. She was the eldest of 12 children and went by the nickname “Ba”. Before she married her full name was Elizabeth Barrett Moulton Barrett. (Her father was Edward Barrett Moulton Barrett, her mother, Mary Graham Clarke). Apparently the family was very well off, mainly from land and business they owned in Jamaica. As a teen Elizabeth developed a painful disease that was never successfully diagnosed. She was put on addictive opiate drugs and morphine, which she became dependent on. I’m sure there was little else to do in the early 1800’s!

She married Robert Browning in secret in 1846 because she knew her father would not approve, and they moved to Italy, where despite her age (43) and frailty, she had a son (shown in the picture).

Elizabeth with her son Pen (Robert)

Here are a few quotes from Elizabeth that I particularly like:

“No man can be called friendless who has God and the companionship of good books.”

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“Earth’s crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God,
But only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round and pluck blackberries.”

* * *

“With stammering lips and insufficient sound I strive and struggle to deliver right the music of my nature.”

* * *

“The little cares that fretted me,
I lost them yesterday
Among the fields above the sea,
Among the winds at play.”

Who’s Birthday is it?

Read the following line and tell me whose birthday it is.

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”

Not sure yet? Try this one.

“I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!”

I had never heard this one before but I like it!

“So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.”

I think you may know, but if you’re not sure, this last little bit will just give it away.

“I meant what i said and i said what i meant. An elephant’s faithful one-hundred percent!”

Thank you Seuss for all the fun. Thank you Seuss for ever one!


Born Theodor Seuss Geisel in Springfield, Mass, March 2nd,1904. Little known fact: Mr. Geisel was a Captain in the Army and commander of the Animation Department of the First Motion Picture Unit during WWII. He died of throat cancer in 1991.

The New Me

I lost my work ID a while back. I waited a while to replace it, figuring, as with most things I’ve lost, that I just misplaced it and it will show up sooner or later. Well it didn’t. So I found the nice women in the bowels of the building who would give me a new ID. With the new technology available, she still had my photo in her computer, but it was from 10-15 years ago, so she politely suggested I get a new one taken. (I just didn’t look the same) eek! I am not photogenic. So here’s what I think about my new ID – in honor of national poetry month.

My Eyes of Blue

Where did I go, that me of minus ten?

The hair is there, but now devoid of Miss Clairol.

The face reveals a map of the road

I’ve taken these years a plenty.

My neck, oh dread,

hints of Grandmothers gone by.

But my eyes,

my eyes are still blue

and quietly speak of the girl

who still lingers there.

Did Anyone See the Sky Lastnight

Did anyone see the sky last night?

It was as if the black, cumulus clouds had been dipped

in an iridescent crimson, layered across the horizon,

and kept burning from below.

Then as the fire was slowly extinguished,

the healing blue-gray of  night

shown through the ash that remained

and calmed the spirit of the day.

Natures canvas on display.