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.


Happy Birthday, Elizabeth

“What is genius but the power of expressing a new individuality.”


“Light tomorrow with today.”


“…Love me with they thinking soul,

Break it to love-sighing;

Love me with thy thoughts that roll

On through living-dying

Love me in they gorgeous airs,

When the world has crowned thee;

Love me, kneeling at thy prayers,

With the angels round thee.

Love me pure, as musers do,

Up the woodlands shady:

Love me gaily, fast and true,

As a winsome lady…

Not sure yet, which Elizabeth I’m quoting from?

How about this one?

“…How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

I love thee to the dept and breadth and height

My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight

For the ends of Being and ideal Grace…”

Ah, yes. That Elizabeth.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning, born March 6th, 1806, Kelloe, Durham, England. Died June 29, 1861 (55 years) in Florence, Italy. Apparently she was a literary prodigy  She was reading novels and writing poems by age eight . She married Robert Browning in 1846 and they moved to Florence. They had one child –Robert Wiedemann Barrett Browning – or affectionately called, Pen.

From Wikipedia

From Wikipedia. Elizabeth with her son, Pen

If you didn’t know

A New Year is Upon Us!

Tonight’s December thirty-first,
Something is about to burst.
The clock is crouching, dark and small,
Like a time bomb in the hall.
Hark, it’s midnight, children dear.
Duck! Here comes another year!

Frederic Ogden Nash



 Born August 19, 1902, died May 19, 1971

An American poet known for his humorous, light verse.

Rudyard Kipling

from Borne and Shephard 1892

Rudyard Kipling was born on this day in 1865. He died in 1936 of a gastric ulcer. Rudyard was born in Bombay, India but was sent to England at the age of five to study along with his sister. He married an American by the name of Caroline Starr Balestier in 1892- the daughter of a writer and publishing agent he worked with on the novel Naulahka. Kipling is best known for his 2 Jungle Book stories, Just so Stories, and The Man Who Would Be King. He lived in Connecticut for a time and his home is still there and used as a rental home, with some of it’s original funishings!

This is from his poem, Mandalay (1890)

By the old Moulmein Pagoda, lookin’ lazy at the sea, There’s a Burma girl a-settin’, and I know she thinks o’ me; For the wind is in the palm-trees, and the temple-bells they say: “Come you back, you British soldier; come you back to Mandalay!”

 Come you back to Mandalay,

Where the old Flotilla lay:

Can’t you ‘ear their paddles chunkin’ from Rangoon to Mandalay?

On the road to Mandalay,

  Where the flyin’-fishes play,

   An’ the dawn comes up like thunder outer China ‘crost the Bay!