My Childhood Home I See Again

Abraham LincolnMy Childhood Home I See Again

by Abraham Lincoln

My childhood home I see again, 
    And sadden with the view; 
And still, as memory crowds my brain, 
    There's pleasure in it too.

O Memory! thou midway world 
    'Twixt earth and paradise, 
Where things decayed and loved ones lost 
    In dreamy shadows rise,

And, freed from all that's earthly vile, 
    Seem hallowed, pure, and bright, 
Like scenes in some enchanted isle 
    All bathed in liquid light.

As dusky mountains please the eye 
    When twilight chases day; 
As bugle-notes that, passing by, 
    In distance die away;

As leaving some grand waterfall, 
    We, lingering, list its roar— 
So memory will hallow all 
    We've known, but know no more.

Near twenty years have passed away 
    Since here I bid farewell 
To woods and fields, and scenes of play, 
    And playmates loved so well.

Where many were, but few remain 
    Of old familiar things; 
But seeing them, to mind again 
    The lost and absent brings.

The friends I left that parting day, 
    How changed, as time has sped! 
Young childhood grown, strong manhood gray, 
    And half of all are dead.

I hear the loved survivors tell 
    How nought from death could save, 
Till every sound appears a knell, 
    And every spot a grave.

I range the fields with pensive tread, 
    And pace the hollow rooms, 
And feel (companion of the dead) 
    I'm living in the tombs.

Source: Poem-A-Day from the Academy of American Poets.

Be Creative


Hello everyone,

I  have missed you guys!  It’s been a few weeks since the last time I posted anything. I have been very busy with a couple of projects that I am working on to bring to fruition. I am getting closer and closer to making my dream come true.  I have written a book for children that I am now ready to publish.  I changed the original front cover of the book and replaced it with another one that I am thrilled about. Everything is lining up and going smoothly.

Prior to writing my book, I have written poems, songs, and a short story.  In fact, one of my poems was published some years ago.  It was a great feeling to see my poem in print. 

Besides writing, I draw.  Recently I attended an art class and I enjoyed it very much.  The class was great!  The instructor went over the sizes of the paint brushes we were going to use and she explained how to care for them.  When working with acrylic paint, the paint brush has to be placed in water when it is not in use.  If the paint is allowed to dry on the paint brush, the brush could be ruined.  The instructor discussed the painting that we were going to replicate and the types of brush strokes we were going to use.

This class introduced me to working with acrylic paint on canvas.   It felt felt very natural and I plan to take another class.  I just have to figure out a way to work it into my busy schedule.

What is your creative talent?   You may say, “I’m not creative.”   I bet you are creative.  You just haven’t recognized your talent.  Maybe you enjoy reading books and give very good critiques.  You might be good at crocheting or event planning.   How about baking cakes, from scratch.  Maybe you have thought about taking a Tango dance lesson class.  I say, do it.  Dance is a very creative art form. 

I really enjoyed the art class.  It felt good to draw again.  I encourage everyone to tap into your creative talents and see where it might take you.  You never know.

I had not planned to do this, but I’ve decided to post my work of art.  Here it is:

my art

Love, light and blessings