I am taking part in Silver Sunday hosted by Gypsy Fish Journal. I wasn't able to participate for a few weeks due to camera problems, but I am back. And this time around, I decided to share some vintage silver jewelry. Both of these pieces are from the 1960's, when I was a girl. My dad brought back the whale bracelet from a trip to Nantucket, and my best guess about the fish pin is that it came from the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen. I think both designs have stood the test of time -- these pieces still look good to me today, especially the fish!
Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809. One of my favorite poems is his Dream Wtihin a Dream, and so to celebrate Poe's birthday and his writing talents, I am sharing his words with you today.
A Dream Within a Dream Take this kiss upon the brow! And, in parting from you now, Thus much let me avow- You are not wrong, who deem That my days have been a dream; Yet if hope has flown away In a night, or in a day, In a vision, or in none, Is it therefore the less gone? All that we see or seem Is but a dream within a dream.
I stand amid the roar Of a surf-tormented shore, And I hold within my hand Grains of the golden sand- How few! yet how they creep Through my fingers to the deep, While I weep- while I weep! O God! can I not grasp Them with a tighter clasp? O God! can I not save One from the pitiless wave? Is all that we see or seem But a dream within a dream?
Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929-April 4, 1968) lived a short yet important life. He was a Baptist minister who was pivotal in the civil rights movement in America, and I'm amazed at all that he did in his 39 years. Here are just a few of his accomplishments:
• After skipping both 9th and 12th grades, he graduated high school at age 15 • He was ordained a minister at age 19, while still in college • He wrote six books in a 10-year time period • In 1957, he formed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to fight segregation and achieve civil rights • In 1959, King visited India to study Mohandas Gandhi's philosophy of nonviolence. • Time Magazine named Martin Luther King Jr. “Man of the Year“ in 1963 • In 1964, at the age of 35, King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, making him the youngest man, the second American, and the third black man to be so honored • He was just 39 when he was assassinated in 1968
Below you can tap into Martin Luther King's wisdom in his own words. You can also read the New York Times obituary here.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. Martin Luther King Jr., Strength to Love, 1963
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?' Martin Luther King, Jr.
The quality, not the longevity, of one's life is what is important. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Faith is taking the first step, even when you don't see the whole staircase. Martin Luther King Jr.
Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it. Martin Luther King Jr.
Now, I say to you today my friends, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: - 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.' Martin Luther King Jr., Speech at Civil Rights March on Washington, August 28, 1963
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., this day has been designated a national day of service in the US. Please take this day to consider what you can do to help others -- in your home, your community, and your country.
For several years when I lived in Michigan, there was a tray of silver items that sat in my hallway. When I moved, I packed them away, and I had not been enjoying them for some time. This year, I decided to get out my silver bits and put together a little group to use as a table decoration during the holidays.
I hope everyone has a relaxing & enjoyable Sunday, the first one of the year! We are snowed in up here in Maine, so it will be a snow day -- that is, a slow day -- of reading, watching The West Wing on DVD, and drinking hot cocoa.
[Pictured: belt buckle, creamer, tiny spoon, match safe, Art Deco cigarette case, lipstick holder with flip-up mirror, seafood fork, and the best treasure: an Art Nouveau chatelaine. Everything is antique or vintage, except maybe the creamer. I can't remember where that came from.]
Beth is a creative Mainer, constant dreamer, retired writer, passionate beader, positive thinker, and cancer survivor. "I am a woman who feels blessed to live in the great state of Maine. I enjoy being creative in many ways: making bracelets, taking pictures, creating unique greeting cards, making monoprints, and much more."