a freckling of the young winter quiet

i am no ocean
waves, tides,
i am a woman
who aches

it is enough

some music ...

I hear the voices from the singing land
Ceridwen and Taliesin

The Great Selkie of Sule Skerrie 

My review of the book Tatterdemalion.

I am currently reading Rose In Bloom by Louisa May Alcott. I didn't like Little Women (reading it aloud was particularly a trial, as she presents long speeches and only announces at the very end who said them) but am giving her another chance. Rose In Bloom is a bit saccharine in the old-fashioned way, but I like Rose very much, and then there's Mac. I never appreciated Gilbert Blythe as I ought to have, so hope I have found here a worthwhile alternative. With his hair-in-his-eyes and the way he unceremoniously carries Rose over the dirty ground, not to mention his bookishness, he has already captured my heart.

the tears you weep
were wept before
by women or forests
mountains or heroes
and have risen from sorrows
fallen from storms

you weep with the world


  1. your book review feels spot-on to me... "tatterdemalion" was/is very much a book that evokes deep feelings, and lingering longings for things to be healed, for new-old ways of living, as well as a sense of loss and sorrow. a wistful wondering if we could be better and do better.

    out of LM alcott's books, my own favorites were "eight cousins" and "jack and jill"...i like "rose in bloom" too, though more because i always want to know the 'end' of a story. the older books, alcott's and other authors', are undeniably saccharine, but i find myself thinking that there is something in them that modern children don't get, or don't get in quite the same way; a sense that one's actions and choices matter, that character is something one works at, daily, and that there is value to doing so.

    and yes, gilbert never appealed to me overmuch, but i quite liked mac! especially when he turned out to be a poet...

    1. I agree, the classics definitely offer more depth, and encourage the development of good character than most modern books for youth. They also have a better vocabulary!

  2. Oh, Mac...he was my Gilbert Blythe. Mom read Eight Cousins and Rose in Bloom to me when I was wee. (And Burnett's The Secret Garden, which was my favorite.)

    1. Sadly, I only came to these books as an adult. I did read (and hate) Heidi as a child, but most of the books I got were from school or under my own guidance at the library; no one introduced me to the great classics. I feel like I really missed out but at least I can read them now :-)

  3. I read Little Women when I was a young girl of twelve or thirteen, at the suggestion of my mother, and I loved it. But, when I tried reading it again as an adult it had lost its appeal, though I'm not sure why, as its themes of domesticity, work, and love (especially as they relate to the lives of women) are of central importance to me. I wanted my daughters to read Little Women, too, but they didn't get very far with it before they lost interest.

    I am fortunate to live quite near Orchard House in Concord, Massachusetts where the Alcott family resided and interacted with Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, both of whom, it is reported, Louisa May loved unrequitedly (both men were decades older than she). As for Louisa May's stories, I think my favorite is An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving:
    I have heard good things about her first novel, Moods, but have not read it myself. It can be found online here:

    One day I would like to read Tatterdemalion, but for now I must wait. If only today's libraries invested in rare wonders like these!

    Thank you for sharing your music--I always like to listen to what other people find worthwhile. (FYI: The first link is the same as the second.)

    Your poetry and photography always strike such a rich chord in my heart. ♥

    1. Thank you for the compliment :-) I really did not like Little Women, but then I was no fan of Jo and she is the heart of the book. Rose is more my type.

  4. Strange, as a young romantic I read Eight Cousins and Rose in Bloom several times, but I do not recall Mac... just Charlie. But I always preferred Laurie to Jo's professor as well.

    1. I'm afraid I don't like Charlie, but I didn't read Eight Cousins and I believe he's a more charmining character in that. I didn't much like Laurie, but no the professor was really odd for a romantic hero - although it could be due to what Susan reported above - that she had a thing for much older men.


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