Our library has a book sale every so often, and I just love to go and sort through whatever is offered. One time, there was a whole box of IDEALS magazines and I grabbed up ten of them. What a nice way to spend a dollar!
Right now, I am supposed to be doing Research for Paper 2 of the Composition class. The “Works Cited” paper came back this morning, and was soundly rejected as to not being annotated enough. The articles submitted are Opinion, there is not sufficient evidence for the value of what I am writing about. One would think that an interview with Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com would be a gold mine of information about shopping on the Internet. Apparently, a college professor who wrote for an academic journal in 2002 is a much better resource for this research paper.
But, that is a long way off from what I am going to write about on my own blog, no matter how off-track I get.
In order to procrastinate until it is time for me to go over to the church building and help cook supper for 90, I picked up the EASTER IDEALS magazine from the shelf next to my printer. Easter is on its way, just in case you might have missed the plastic colored eggs and stuffed bunnies and candy spilling into the aisles of the grocery store.
This magazine is from April 1952, which is the year my dad got wounded aboard ship in the Korean war, and the year my parents were married. Looking at a monitor screen does nothing for the senses so much as holding onto old paper and looking at Kodacolor photographs.
The poem has a copyright mark, so please get it correct while reading
If You Stand Very Still
written by Patience Strong
If you stand very still in the heart of a wood,
You will hear many wonderful things—
The snap of a twig and the wind in the trees,
And the whir of invisible wings.
If you stand very still in the turmoil of life,
And you wait for the voice from within,
You’ll be led down the quiet ways
of wisdom and peace
In a mad world of chaos and din.
If you stand very still, and you hold to your faith,
You will get all the help that you ask;
You will draw from the Silence
the things that you need—
Hope and Courage and Strength for your task.
And I really gotta get moving or there won’t be anything left for me to chop and stir. Someone else can’t have all the fun tonight!
~~love and Huggs, Diane