Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Positively Wilde



by Mauverneen
      "There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about." ~ Oscar Wilde



Today is October 16. Oscar Wilde's birthday. He was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1854. Some of his more famous works are The Happy Prince, The Importance of Being Earnest, and The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Dublin loves its writers, and traces of Oscar Wilde are found throughout the city. When I visited Dublin last October, one of the first stops on my sightseeing itinerary was the statue of him in Merrion Square Park. Easy to find, it was only blocks from the townhouse where I was staying.

The sculpture, created by Irish sculptor Danny Osborne, was erected in 1997. There are two pillars nearby, each with a small sculptures on top and adorned with some of Wilde's most famous quotes.

Other tributes to this Dublin born writer are found in the Dublin Writers Museum,

At the Dublin Writers Museum


and in Trinity College, which Wilde attended as a youth. The Long Room, pictured below, has several glass cases of memorabilia, such as the one this gentleman is intently perusing.
The Long Room, Trinity College, Dublin

A section of the display in Trinity College's 'Long Room'  

      It is not just Dublin that loves its writers, the whole of Ireland is proud of them. On my first night in Ireland, in a lovely room at Armorica in the town of Oranmore, this bottle of water was on my bedside table. They had no way of knowing that the Writers Museum or the Wilde statue were on my list of things to see, or that Oscar Wilde is one of my favorite writers. But it was a lovely hint of things to come.



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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Positively Memories

by Mauverneen

The most beautiful things are not associated with money; they are memories and moments. If you don't celebrate those, they can pass you by.  ~ Alek Wek


Some days it's hard to think of something positive. At least something worth writing about. I've been busy. Painting the living room, getting the kitchen ready to paint, trying to have a life. I do a lot of sitting in the newly painted living room wondering how I can rearrange the new furniture that I need to go shop for. But it's coming along. I wonder what to keep and what to get rid of. Some things, no matter how old, worn, or tacky, are worth keeping. Others, eh.

This past weekend was busy. We celebrated my mom's 96th birthday with a small family gathering. There was lasagna, cake, and gifts. Everything a birthday should be. She was surprised to be 96, but she loved having company. And gifts. And champagne.

I also went to another birthday party. A collective gathering of high school classmates who are all turning the same age this year. I hesitate to say which one, but it's a milestone. We had food, drinks, and cake. Everything a birthday should have. It was a wonderful evening with friends, old and new, memories and future plans. Yes, even at our age we have plans. Growing old is not one of them.

Memories. This was a weekend of bringing them up to enjoy, and of making new ones. Good ones.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Positively Changing Seasons

by Mauverneen

By all these lovely tokens September days are here, With summer's best of weather And autumn's best of cheer. Helen Hunt Jackson
Summer is winding down. We are headed for my favorite season of the year - Autumn. The time when nights are cool, days are warm, the leaves turn glorious colors, and pumpkins start popping up on porches.

I am done with hot and humid, I am so ready for a light sweater.

My garden didn't do so well this year. I planted the usual - green beans, tomatoes, cucumbers and zucchini. I am getting enough tomatoes, but the bugs have eaten more beans than I have, the zucchini shriveled up and disappeared after only producing about six vegetables, and I can't seem to grow a decent cucumber no matter what I do. I'm going to have to get some advice on those for next year.

Normally, I am giving zucchini away, like everyone else, and generally have enough tomatoes to can a few bottles, but this year? Bah! It is no doubt my own fault. Due to a severe case of sciatica that went on for two months, I wasn't able to do much. Like weed the garden. Luckily, I still have plenty from last year's harvest. 

This time of year everyone starts thinking of the holidays coming up. I'm getting a jump start. The living room is getting painted right now and the kitchen will be right behind it. Hopefully that will all be done before everyone else starts thinking of spiffing up for the company everyone's expecting. 

It's cooler this morning, the breeze feels wonderful and I'm in good spirits. Maybe I'll have a tomato sandwich for lunch.  It's a Positively Grand Tuesday!

It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the Spring, who reaps a harvest in the Autumn. 
 -B. C. Forbes
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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Positively Beautiful

by Mauverneen

"The most beautiful thing in the world is, of course, the world itself." - Wallace Stevens

In my last blog, I wrote about getting away - a trip to Utah. I mentioned the fact that one should be open to new experiences and the fact that there is always more to see than you came to see.

We (my daughter and I) had some things planned which didn't happen and we happened to do some things that we hadn't planned. All in all, it was a good trip!

The road was an old Pony Express Route, the day was stormy at times, and our cameras were at the ready. A large portion of Utah is public land and there are several herds of wild mustangs. Be still my heart. As a young girl I read every horse story I could find. Wild horses are a treasure.

We happened upon a herd pretty early on. From a distance we could see some black spots in the landscape. Rocks? Cows? Horses? We got lucky - they were horses! We drove closer and stopped when we were parallel to them, pulling over to the side of the gravel road. We needn't have bothered. We saw maybe three cars on that road the entire day.

Getting out slowly, so as not to startle them, we reveled in our find. They were beautiful! A bit of a distance from the road, they lifted their heads, a bit curious, but obviously convinced we were harmless, they went back to grazing. Storm clouds loomed in the distance and we could hear thunder. They began to move off, most likely to seek shelter from the coming storm, and we continued our drive along the route.



We saw antelope, awesome scenery, and later, as we made our way back along the desolate road, a lone horse, casually making his way - somewhere.

The clouds, which looked so very threatening, moved on, giving us very little rain, but spectacularly dramatic vistas. As we came back to where we had seen our horses, a rainbow touched the earth. It was truly the most vivid rainbow I've ever seen.

The gold at the end of this rainbow was obvious - the horses.



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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Positively Getting Away

by Mauverneen
 “The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.” G.K. Chesterton 



It's Positively Tuesday, and I am Positively planning a getaway. I leave later this week for Park City, Utah to visit a daughter. There are tempting promises of beautiful weather, mountains, the spa, and a possible side trip to Wyoming - all in addition to getting to spend time together. And I know when it's time to come home, I won't have been there nearly long enough.

I am so looking forward to it. It's been almost a year since I have been anywhere beyond my general area. I consider myself a traveler - as opposed to a tourist.  Oh, I rubberneck with the best of them, I shoot photos of almost everything and there are certain things I make it a point to see once I'm there (wherever there is). But in between all that, I am generally in awe of whatever new territory I am in. There is usually so much more to see than what you came to see. It's good to be open, to take your time, to wander a bit. Take the road less travelled when possible. 

“To travel is to live.” Hans Christian Andersen

Travel - it's more than just a vacation. It should be an experience. 

Here's to new experiences!
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