One of my favorite books when I was a kid growing up was the stories told by Jean Ayer in a book entitled “Donald Duck and His Friends”. I spent many hours reading and drawing the illustrations in the book that were from The Walt Disney Studio. Recently I found a copy of this book from 1939 to add to my collection of Children Books. I wonder how many kids still like Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy and Pluto?
Written by Mary Gilmartin, August 28, 2016
From “Trees” by Mary Gilmartin
What a great place to take a walk,
Underneath all the trees where I live.
Through the woods I gallop looking up at their branches,
Watching their leaves reach for the sky,
While the sun warms the ground.
From “Trees” by Joyce Kilmer
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
From “Birches” by Robert Frost
Earth’s the right place for love:
I don’t know where it’s likely to go better.
I’d like to go by climbing a birch tree,
And climb black branches up a snow-white trunk
From “When Autumn Came” by Faiz Ahmed Faiz
translated by Naomi Lazard
Give some tree the gift of green again.
Let one bird sing.
Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, November 10, 2013
Does anyone remember the days of vinyl records? Today I found a couple of albums that brought back memories from the days when I listened to them being played on a record player.
One record is by the American pop singer Andy Williams and on this album he sings the song Love Theme from The Godfather released by Columbia Records on March 21, 1972. The album cover looks well-worn but the record inside is still in perfect condition. When I first looked at the cover and saw those beautiful blue eyes, I thought it was Old Blue Eyes. But, then I remembered it was Frank Sinatra that had coined that name.
The other vinyl record called “Moonlight and Keyboard” is one that I have always liked. There’s something classic about the cover of this album with a photograph of a girl sitting on a sofa with the moonlight shining through the window. I remember listening to the works of some of the nineteenth-century composers like Claude Dubussy and Frédéric Chopin along with other composers like Schumann, Liszt, and Rubinstein recorded on this album.
Greensleeves, a traditional arrangement by Lewenthall, is still one of my favorites pieces. Perhaps because it’s one of the first compositions I learned to play on the piano a long time ago.
These are only a couple of the vinyl records from the days of the 33 1/3 RPM moments for LP albums. Some still believe the vinyl record is a better quality recording. The answer lies in the difference between analog and digital recordings. A vinyl record is an analog recording, and CDs and DVDs are digital recordings.
Written by Mary Gilmartin, September 4, 2013
When I took a walk early this morning, I didn’t know that a surprise would be waiting for me near the pond. The trail leading into the woods provided several photographic opportunities that I captured using the macro feature on my camera. And then, a Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly surprised me when it landed on a Joe-Pye weed waiting for me to take its photograph.
Yet, a bigger surprise was waiting for me farther down the trail. That’s when I walked past a mother and father fishing off the dock with their two children playing nearby. “Why are you taking pictures of the grass,” the older child asks with interest. “It’s not the grass that I’m photographing,” I reply smiling. “The lens of my camera is actually focused on that tiny purple flower on the ground.” She immediately became my assistant suggesting other things that I could photograph. Below is the photographic story. And, just in case you don’t recognize what’s in her hand, it’s a baby snail she found in the dirt. Afterwards she gently placed it back where she found it.
“Do you live around here?” I ask. “No, we’re from Burma,” the young girl answers handing me a yellow flower to remember our visit.
Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, August 3, 2013
Six months ago on December 20, 2012 a horse-in-the-pasture© was my inspiration for writing a short story. You can read it on this link and find out what happened when I was sixteen years old. Today I decided to take a break from editing, Book 2 in the trilogy, and drive over to the pasture for a visit. There’s where I found, not one, but two horses grazing on grass. When they saw me, they eagerly pranced over to greet me. I immediately recognized the butterfly mark on my friend’s face, but I’m puzzled about why he is wearing a blinder.
Note: DawnSeeker, from Soul Horse Ride, has agreed to be our Horse Expert about this puzzling blinder that is actually called a “fly mask”. Scan down to the bottom of the comments section and read some interesting facts about their purpose. Thank you, Dawn, for commenting and the information. Much appreciated.
“I whispered over the fence, “I’ve decided to call you Metamorphosis.”
He nodded his head with approval and smiled.
Note: Metamorphosis of the butterfly symbolizes significant change in the course of one’s life, personality or way of thinking.
Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, July 24, 2013