Poetry to Share: Goblin Feet

This is, hands-down, my favorite Tolkien poem. Enjoy!

I am off down the road
Where the fairy lanterns glowed
And the little pretty flitter-mice are flying
A slender band of gray
It runs creepily away
And the hedges and the grasses are a-sighing.
The air is full of wings, Continue reading


I am sitting in the sun, just a tiny bit chilly. Around my table, the leaves are falling and swirling like snow. The birds are making a racket. An upbeat Irish dance is playing on Pandora, and I am making progress on my homework. I could not ask for a better Saturday. I watched a movie last night. Slept in. Had freshly grilled brats (of the non-human type) for lunch. Good discussion with my best friend about the Christian philosophy of music – thankfully, we’re still friends! Looking forward to a few hours of work this evening, another movie, and hopefully more progress on my homework (computer program – it should only take a total of 10-12 hours).

I’m not sure I could ask for a better Saturday.

Bright moments

Instead of talking about something deep and emotional, I just want to share a few things that I love right now. With any luck, some of you will reinforce my good taste with your comments about how much you LOVE these things too. 😉 And you might be introduced to something new!

#1. Firefly. I just finished watching all 14 episodes. Anything good you’ve ever heard anyone say about Firefly, it’s true. I am hooked on the characters, dialogue, world…basically, I’m completely hooked on everything about it. I have a feeling I will be watching all 14 episodes a few more times this summer. (For the uninitiated, Firefly is an incomplete TV show by the geek god Joss Whedon (also director of Avengers). Firefly is a bit like cowboys meets space, but that’s putting it entirely too simply. Seriously, just watch an episode for yourself.)

#2. The Fault In Our Stars. I’m re(re)(re)reading this masterpiece by John Green. It’s been almost a year since the last time I read it, which is entirely too long. From the first page, I remembered why I love TFIOS so much – every word is perfect. The characters and dialogue and story grab you and will not let go. I was already a huge fan of John Green and everything he is involved in, but this book is his best work so far, without a doubt. There is a movie in the works too – I’m very mixed in my opinion on this news. On one hand, it’s super cool that this book is getting recognition and being made into film. It will probably also be good for John Green’s career, which is neat! However, so much of the magic of the book comes from the writing. Hazel and Gus are such developed characters that I’m not sure actors will really be able to be them. I will see the movie, of course, but like I said, mixed about it.

#2b. Check out Hank and John Green’s Youtube channel vlogbrothers! Basically, they are two super cool people and representatives of geeky, intelligent people. Also, they are hilarious. And John and his wife just had a baby! Yay!!!

#3. While I’m on the topic of Youtube….let’s talk about the Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Readers, wonderful readers, if you have not watched the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, I direct you here. Also, be prepared to lose several hours of your life. Basically, this is a web series adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. It is hysterical and real and heartstrings tugging. They do justice to the masterpiece that is Miss Austen’s novel and simultaneously nod to the movie adaptations, both BBC and the recent Keira Knightley version (my favorite…no throwing tomatoes at me!) I finished the videos soon after my return from school and I loved it. Granted, it starts out a little slow, but by the time you hit the middle, things really pick up! And the ending is amazing.

#4. In the book and movie category, I give you Anne of Green Gables! I recently watched a youtube compilation of the movie clips covering Anne and Gilbert’s relationship, which was a fun (heartbreaking) ride. It also brought back a lot of memories. I read the entire Anne series as a young girl and really identified with it. Anne’s character is very real – quirky, funny, smart, confident, but insecure. Her (fictional) life journey is compelling and unforgettable. The first film adaptation (with Megan Follows) is also really good, although the sequels are not nearly as accurate to the books.

I wish I could put more books on this list, but I’ve been so busy with work, school, and life-sucking TV shows (looking at you, Firefly) that I haven’t done much reading. Hopefully later in the summer I will have some good book reviews!

So tell me, did I introduce you to anything new? Do you already love these? Please tell me! And don’t hate me if I give you a new time-sucking addiction. 😉

Magically Ordinary

Confession: I engaged in a highly dangerous activity for a college girl.  I…..browsed Pinterest. If you are unfamiliar with this hazardous practice, I encourage you not to research it. But definitely finish reading this post, because Pinterest actually isn’t the theme. I am clearly desperate to escape my homework, because I worked my way through the humor, geek, and women’s fashion categories before perusing the Quotes. Now, not that I have anything against quotes, but they tend to be…sappy. Also sketchy. How to make a quote pin: Find a random picture, write words on it, slap a name on the end. Voila! But I can’t really diss it, because the quotes did give me a blog idea, yay!

What are the magical moments in your life? Not the “man of your dreams got on one knee and asked for your hand in marriage” magic. The simple magic moments. There are obvious ones: sunrises, sunsets, animal antics, moving sights of nature, etc. But it could be anything. A bright color, a smiling child. I am going to list a few of my favorite magic moments of the past, and then this week I am going to keep a log of my favorite moments, which I will then share next week. I encourage you to do the same…acknowledging magic makes it ever so much more powerful in your life. 🙂


*Lying in the backyard with my dog, watching the stars * sitting out in the sun reading * watching snow fall for the first time in my life * having a little boy run up and tackle hug me * the little girl at work who told me I looked like Rapunzel * sitting on a bridge over a creek, soaking up the sun and reading * wandering the library, memorizing the placement of each book * nights at the fair full of laughter and adrenaline * holding my puppy for the very first time * dancing around the living room with my little sister * staring out my window mesmerized by the green, blue, and gold that came through our pine tree * the smell of freshly cut grass and sweat on a soccer field * the running of any water…river, lake, ocean*

What are your favorite magical moments?

The Best Thing About College

I’ve talked about a couple of things I like about college – the learning, new experiences, a wide variety people for watching. Based on my long experience in school, I have formed an expert opinion on the best thing about college. 😉

Friends are the best thing about a college experience. Now maybe this is just me, because this also probably true of most high schools, I just happen to have missed that. Being at college, surrounded by people who have at least a few things in common with me, if not many more, has been awesome! At home, I don’t have very many friends. That’s the plain truth of it. Obviously, I have friends from my church, from my homeschool group, a few from work, etc. But not many that I would consider very close friends, people with whom I share great memories. Here at school, I have a group of really spectacular friends and I cherish all the memories of time with them. There is always someone around…for studying, for meals, for having fun, even shoulders to cry on.

I found this especially important to realize because I am prone to shutting people out so that I can reach a goal. I’m very serious about the academic side of college, so I’m often tempted to stay in my dorm room every night and study the whole time. Obviously, my grades are important, but I have to find a balance between studying enough and socializing. Right now, I think the balance is working. And I have been reminded every day this week just how much I need my friends.

Chick-fil-a’s skeleton in the closet

I must inform you of a horrible fact. Chick-fil-a, the beloved restaurant of the South, is guilty of a terrible crime. I know you find this hard to believe. “How could a store that sells such delicious chicken and is sponsored by such adorable cows do any such thing?” you might ask. Your illusions will crash. Dreams of fried chicken and waffle fries will shatter. The truth is

Chick-fil-a murders pens.

There, I’ve said it. Contain your shock – I can see you reeling from the horror of it. Perhaps you question my right to make such a statement. I myself am a witness to this grisly occurrence. On many occasions, I’ve seen perfectly innocent pens sent to undeserved deaths. Some of my own favorite pens have been subject to this sad fate. I’ve seen pens dropped from a terrifying height to unforgiving concrete, then to be crushed by massive vehicles. The broken, mangled body is simply left, defenseless to the parade of cars through the drive-thru. Others I’ve seen decapitated, their heads snapped clean off. Many more simply vanish, to what end no one knows. Some are kidnapped, cruelly stolen from their rightful caretakers, to a fate that is too horrible to even contemplate. All of these awful acts are ignored by Chick-fil-a, indeed, even condoned.

Tell me, can you in good conscience support a restaurant that allows such atrocities? Is your fried chicken fix really worth the death of a good pen? I beg you, consider it carefully. Make Chick-fil-a accountable for its cruelty!