Thursday, December 13, 2012

An Early Gift for All

      This holiday Poetry Friday is hosted by Jama Rattigan at  her blog, the marvelous Jama's Alphabet Soup, with a very special guest.  Please come by to enjoy what Jama is serving today and that which all the Poetry Friday celebrants have to share.
        As many of you know, I have been opening boxes of memorabilia from years of family collecting, stored in attics and basements.  And then, my husband took it to save, and now I have moved, am continuing to comb through everything with the anticipation of an estate sale in order to find a new way of living, still with numerous special things from my past, but with the inspiration to live a little more lightly!  I have moved, have been in my new home nearly a week, and the word of the day is "boxes" and "finding the correct light switch".  The days and nights have gone well, and I am looking forward to more.
        Among many lovely little pieces of the past, I found a beautiful old book copyrighted 1910, titled Stevenson on Friendship.  It includes short quotations and essays of the thoughts of different kinds of friendship, with people, nature, various concepts like industry.  Robert Louis Stevenson is musing about all these things, seeming to share his thoughts as from his journal.  It is something I wanted to share with you all.  Because Stevenson is such a sentimental writer, the words are quite poetic, and I love especially one where he speaks about the stars.  I found the passage here at Google books which I discovered is from a book by Stevenson titled Will O' The Mill.



The Cover



The inside title page, with a small picture inserted.  It is pasted in. 
Opening thoughts sweetly written.
        Best wishes to you all in this time of many celebrations of light.  I hope you spend happy times with friends and family. 

12 comments:

  1. How wonderful to rediscover old treasures! And how time consuming and emotional all the sifting you're doing... so easy to just let things accumulate; it's the sorting that hard. The passage reminds me of It's A Wonderful Life. Love that sentiment so much. Love to you, Linda!

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    1. Thank you Irene. There are some delightful old things, but I'm keeping just a few. Happy Holidays!

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  2. You're finding some wonderful treasures in those boxes (and I'm surprised you have the time and energy to blog despite just having moved)!

    Wonderful Stevenson excerpt -- I've been fascinated with him for awhile because of his Hawaii connections :).

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    1. Thank you Jama. I'll be taking some time off soon. I didn't know about the Hawaii connections-will look it up.

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  3. What a find! I love Stevenson - since "A Child's Garden of Verses" when as a young girl my mom gave me an old copy.
    This looks like a keeper for a cold winter's day and a cup of hot chocolate...with peppermint!

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  4. I love old books - works of art! I hope your sorting goes well, Linda - and your unboxing, too!

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    1. Thanks Tara,will have to push Christmas in there too!

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  5. What a treasure, Linda! Thanks for sharing not only the words, but the beautiful text done in the old-fashioned style.

    Violet N.

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    1. You're welcome Violet. It is a lovely discovery, I agree.

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  6. What a lovely find. I've copied down the quote so I can keep it with me. I think today I may need to read some Stevenson today!

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  7. The opening lines is a treasure in itself, I agree. I don't even know about this book. It seems very very beautiful. Will look for it soonest. :)

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