Wednesday

There are days and there are days. There are days when the only things you notice are butterfly wings -- brown-spotted and blue-bordered and yellow-all-over -- and watermelon seeds, large and black and nestled each on in its own specific pink compartment. There are days when you find yourself vigorously interrogating the gray cat who…

Tuesday

"The divisions of time which men have adopted are in a sort of way a mild mortality. When we see the Old Year out, we do what many eminent men have done, and what all men desire to do; we die temporarily. Whenever we admit that it is Tuesday we fulfil St. Paul, and die…

small and glad

"Alice must grow small if she is to be Alice in Wonderland." --G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy Alice must grow small. My summer muse, Chesterton, looked me severely in the face and spoke this sentence just after I had typed the woefully self-pitying thought that I felt like a newly-hatched butterfly whose wings would not un-crumple.…

when something happens

"When something happens, it happens first, and you see it afterwards. It happens of itself, and you have nothing to do with it. It proves a dreadful thing -- that there are other things besides oneself." --G. K. Chesterton, The Napoleon of Notting Hill I try, intermittently, to live as if I am the only…

“a fiercer delight”

"What we need is not the cold acceptance of the world as a compromise, but some way in which we can heartily hate and heartily love it. We do not want joy and anger to neutralize each other and produce a surly contentment; we want a fiercer delight and a fiercer discontent. We have to…

“All things are poetical”

Thus saith Gilbert Keith Chesterton, great in body and mind, just after demonstrating that the name “Smith” is poetical and just before demonstrating that signal boxes and pillar – mail – boxes are poetical, in his book Heretics.  As one who has written more than one poem concerning mail boxes, I am immediately biased in…