The word epiphany is derived from a Greek word meaning "to manifest, to display, to come suddenly into view," which in turn is thought to have come from an ancient Indo-European root meaning "to shine."1 For me, it conjures up images of sudden revelation -- a break in the clouds, a beam of starlight, a … Continue reading Epiphany — And a Christmas Poem!
It's been a while since my last commonplace post, so I thought I'd do another one. This time I've curated a collection of thoughts about the road. I especially like this one because of the way each quote flows into the next. They fill me with wanderlust and make me want to love the unknown … Continue reading The Road: A Collection of Thoughts
This post is dedicated to Maria McDonald, an inspiring example of Canadian patriotism. A belated happy Canada Day to all my Canadian readers! And if you're American, have a happy Independence Day! Or if you're neither Canadian nor American, I hope you have a wonderful day all the same. 🙂 I am privileged to be … Continue reading God Save Canada (Original Poem)
Hello, all! Sorry about my recent absence. Life has been busy, but it seems like the perfect time for a fresh start. Everywhere, the world is being made new. The flowers are opening, the robins are back, and the trees are uncurling their tiny leaves. So here I am! I’d like to wish you all … Continue reading Victor-Giant
Hello, friend! I hope your Christmas was blessed and joyful. In spite of the hard times we are living in, my family has made some lovely memories. My favorite part was singing carols by candlelight. As I sang songs and read books, I copied my favorite passages into a notebook -- the same notebook I … Continue reading The Word Became Flesh: A Collection of Thoughts
Though J. R. R. Tolkien and Gerard Manley Hopkins wrote in different eras and genres, they were brothers in thought and art. Tolkien was an English professor and myth-maker, while Hopkins was a Jesuit priest and Victorian poet, but they had much in common, such as their use of the sound of words and Anglo-Saxon … Continue reading Tolkien and Hopkins: The Beauty of this World
As a challenge, I recently decided to choose a passage from a work of classic literature and re-write it in verse. Not too surprisingly, I chose J. R. R. Tolkien's The Return of the King -- the last paragraph from "The Ride of the Rohirrim." Such was Tolkien's skill that this bright scene has stamped … Continue reading Theoden’s Charge (Original Poem)
Give me the eyes of childhood /Unstained with blinding grime, /Through which the world shines bright and clean, /The sky so blue, the grass so green! /Oh, for the ...
Story-making is an art, and the storyteller is an artist. Like the painter or the sculptor, the true storyteller strives to craft a thing of beauty from a particular medium. Rather than using marble or paint, the storyteller works with words. There are often many words to choose from, but he knows that each word … Continue reading The Story-maker’s Medium