Poem of the Week

Leisure
by William Henry Davies

What is this life if, full of care
We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

 

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Sepia Saturday

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Source: Florida Memory, Flickr Commons

I am a day late with this, but I can’t pass up a chance to share a Christmas photo from the archives. First here’s one  above of Santa enjoying the beach.

Source: Florida Memory Flickr Commons

Source: Florida Memory Flickr Commons

Source: State Library of New South Wales

Source: State Library of New South Wales

WWI Truce

Sainsbury, a British store, has put together a lovely video on the truce between the Germans and British soldiers in WWI. The story goes that on Christmas in 1914 there was a truce during the battles of WWI and during that time the British and German took a risk and ventured out to meet each other. They wound up exchanging stories, memories, treats and played football (soccer to Americans).

On the radio today I heard that the armies had to move these soldiers to different areas because they had lost the desire to kill that had once been there.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Yellow

Gold Papers for Funerals, China

Gold Papers for Funerals, China

Harbin, China

Harbin, China

New Synagogue, Harbin

New Synagogue, Harbin

1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced. 2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag. 3. Follow The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements, and subscribe to our newsletter – we’ll highlight great photos from each month’s most popular challenge.

Other great photos:

 

From Japan

Here’s just a few photos from my first day in Japan. I went to a shrine three temples with beautiful gardens that infuse my spirit with serenity — even in December with its lack of green. Lots more to follow.