POETRY I LOVE: ‘Books’ by Billy Collins

When it comes to reading I generally pick up fiction.  I would say 90% of the time.  But, every once in a while I get into a poetry kick.  I generally don’t have specific poets that I go back to (I know, shame on me) but I will find something that I fall in love with and need to see the rest of that poet’s work.

This poem, for me, really captures the reading experience and my love affair with books.  Just beautiful!  I got this poem at poetryfoundation.org.

 

Enjoy!

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Don’t forget to get your dose of nature!

 

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Picture taken at the Whitetail Hall of Fame in Jackson, MI.

 

Spring is springing!

Yesterday, my boyfriend and I went for a walk at the Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery out towards Mattawan.  It’s quickly becoming one of my favorite places to experience nature.  The hatchery has a series of ponds for fish rearing.  You can feed the fish in the first pond, which is really fun for me as I really enjoy feeding animals.  (Give me some cracked corn and I will feed ducks for hours!  YES, I’m a five year old at heart!)

Besides fish, this hatchery brings in TONS of waterfowl and other birds.  Any place that has a lot of water naturally brings in a lot of creatures.  There were trumpeter swans, geese, ducks, a few unidentified species and birds in FULL-ON spring excitement mode.

It’s in places like this that we get to experience the resilience of Nature.  It’s easy to forget in the city that the season is in fact, changing.  Beyond the dirty sidewalks of Kalamazoo there are trees full of songbirds and flowers pushing through the ground.

Spring signifies hope.  All you have to do is look to nature to see that warmer days are ahead.  Don’t forget to take some time to look around and see that spring has sprung!

Bingeing on ‘The Here and Now’ by Ann Brashares

 

Pub Date: April 8th, 2014

Description:

An unforgettable epic romantic thriller about a girl from the future who might be able to save the world . . . if she lets go of the one thing she’s found to hold on to.

Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love.

This is the story of seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn’t come from a different country. She came from a different time—a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins.

Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules: never reveal where they’re from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. Prenna does as she’s told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth.

But everything changes when Prenna falls for Ethan Jarves.

From Ann Brashares, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, The Here and Now is thrilling, exhilarating, haunting, and heartbreaking—and a must-read novel of the year.

 

First off:  How legit is this cover?  Seriously, everything is working really well for me on this one.  The holographic type colors, the half sad face..I’m really digging it.  I’m also thinking it will catch a lot of eyes on the bookshelves.  Well done.

Secondly, I took a leap of face on this one because Ann Brashares is the author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.  I have a really hard time with science fiction.  My brain has a hard time processing time travel.  It’s pretty much just waiting patiently for the next romantical scene.  My brain enjoys teenage romance.  I know..creeper status.

I have very mixed feelings about this story.  I started off being really into it and really excited for where it was going.  The unrequited love was really working for me.  Prenna and Ethan had some GREAT tension going on.  This may be my favorite paragraph/line from the whole book:

I don’t lie to Ethan, but I don’t tell him the truth either.  I can’y.  To share anything with him, even if I could, would put him in an impossible place.  Already he is the drip, drip of water that carves a canyon right through the middle of me.

There’s no doubt that Ann is an extremely talented writer.  I really felt the emotion in this story.  The tragedy and the sadness.  But the thing that really threw me is the fact that I just didn’t understand a lot of what was going on.  There would be this terrific line and then in the next paragraph I would be lost because we were talking about time travel again.

If there was a sequel, I would give it a try.  Solely based on the fact that I really liked the relationship between Prenna and Ethan.  But if you aren’t a fan of time travel/science fiction I don’t know if this is the story for you.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars!

 

 

 

Thursday Prose: ‘Alice in Wonderland’ by Lewis Carroll

Thursday Prose: 'Alice in Wonderland' by Lewis Carroll

I took this photo at the Kalamazoo Nature Center last Summer. I was so excited to catch this photo with the bumblebee on the flower. I have a thing for bumblebees. Definitely top five cutest bugs. Since I don’t have a zoom lens for my camera yet, I was about three inches away from this little guy. Luckily, bumblebees aren’t aggressive.

Enjoy!

In case you are curious, fuzzy caterpillars are the cutest.

I miss the ocean.

I miss the ocean.

I’m sick and tired of complaining about this Michigan Winter but REALLY?! This morning, I awoke to a fresh coat of white snow. I knew it before I looked out the window. My bedroom was deceivingly bright when I opened my eyes.

Nope, not sunshine….

Snow.

Until Spring decides to actually show its beautiful face I will daydream about what it feels like to have a sufficient amount of vitamin D inside my body.

I snapped this shot a few weeks ago in a parallel universe we like to call Florida. Specifically -Marco Island. It’s hard to imagine that a place exists right now that can produce an 80 degree day. It’s real, people. And Emerson just knows how to say it best….

Enjoy!