A literary endeavor


Broken Hearts opens tonight…

The stage.

The stage.


In Which I Make Crazy Eyes


Photo on 4-29-13 at 6.33 PMNine days until opening night of the middle school play. Zao gao.

The middle school play, incidentally, is called Broken Hearts. It’s an adaptation of three beautiful and poignant  fairy tales by Oscar Wilde. You can read them here, here, and here.

Hear, hear!

Poem of the Week # 16


Happy belated birthday, Shakespeare!

Sonnet LX

Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore,
So do our minutes hasten to their end;
Each changing place with that which goes before,
In sequent toil all forwards do contend.
Nativity, once in the main of light,
Crawls to maturity, wherewith being crown’d,
Crooked eclipses ‘gainst his glory fight,
And Time that gave doth now his gift confound.
Time doth transfix the flourish set on youth
And delves the parallels in beauty’s brow,
Feeds on the rarities of nature’s truth,
And nothing stands but for his scythe to mow:
And yet to times in hope, my verse shall stand
Praising thy worth, despite his cruel hand.

Friday Found Poetry


By the seventh grade.

image-4 Text: Politics are stupid The United States is Running Ou of Resources China’s Secret Menace Foreign Washington is Just Not Listening Stupid Oil Prices War Reporters Tragic Lossimage-6 image


Text: new books you love/modern hashtag style/concept to design structure/waiting influence performance/express yourself./this is a parent-free zone.

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Text: Escaping/Passing/Ascending/Gone/World iz seriously. perfect….image-2

Text: warfare./Questions love/ Science kicks naturally in the face/the world is a domino/tipping on the brink of crisisimage-3

And last but not least…


Poem of the Week #15


The Gentle Healer

by Michael Card


The Gentle Healer came into our town today.

He touched blind eyes and the darkness left to stay.

But more than the blindness, He took their sins away.

The Gentle Healer came into our town today.


The Gentle Healer came into our town today.

He spoke one word that was all he had to say.

And the one who had died just rose up straight away.

The Gentle Healer came into our town today.


Oh, He seems like just an ordinary man

With dirty feet and rough, but gentle hands.

But the words He says are hard to understand.

And yet He seems like just an ordinary man.


The Gentle Healer, He left our town today.

I just looked around and found He’d gone away.

Some folks from town who followed Him, they say

That the Gentle Healer is The Truth, The Life, The Way.

Hello, March


Hi, all. Some of you may have been wondering where I went. February was an absolutely atrocious month, involving pickpocketing, multiple car accidents, a show, and intense work/life drama (which I hope I’ll be able to discuss soon). Oh, and I was on crutches for a few weeks. To sum it up in pictures, it went something like this:

So, apologies for the absence, but unless you enjoy reading posts comprised completely of the letters “AAAAAAARGGGGGGGHHHHHH”, you should really be happy I’ve restrained myself till now.

Here’s what I’m reading to chase away those residual February blues:

Everyday Saints, Archimandrite Tikhon Shevkunov

The Art of Prayer, Igumen Chariton

Beauty for Ashes, Stephen R. Lloyd-Moffett (just purchased!)

How to Lead a Holy Life, Metropolitain Gregory Postnikov (entire text available here)

War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy, translated by Pevear and Volokhonsky (Kate and I are keeping each other accountable)

With the seventh grade, we’re about to start Okay for Now, by Gary D. Schmidt. I’m close to done with  Elder Ambrose of Optina, by Sergius Chetverikov. While at my friend’s house I started reading Lenten Lands, which is by C. S. Lewis’s stepson and apparently provided the inspiration for the film Shadowlands (which is awesome). I liked it, but didn’t find it as gripping as A Severe Mercy. I didn’t get far in enough to tell though.

I also recently finished the following:

Drama, Raina Telgemeier

The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss (this one was a reread- starting book two again!)

I found a lovely children’s book on the life of St. Christopher. Check out the publisher for more!

At any rate, I think I’m at a point where I can start posting regularly again. This blog has proved a far more enjoyable pastime than I’d ever anticipated and I want to keep it up. Thanks for bearing with me in my absence. I hope that your February went more smoothly than mine. Happy reading!