such a wonderful discovery made
when walking in a park near my daughter’s house
an illustrated storybook trail
with pages spread throughout the woods
placed there by the village and the local library
a perfect pairing.
“we tell stories in order to feel at home in the universe.”
— Roger Bingham, British science communicator, writer, public television producer and host
we lie around
on a rainy afternoon
listening to the radio
one of us
a first-time storyteller on npr
as she shares with the nation
her bittersweet tale
there are 11 people of all ages
4 dogs of all shapes
the food, drinks, games
we could possibly need
and no timeline or agenda
on this long lazy weekend
all tucked in together
in 1 cozy house
on 1 pretty lake
and all that
1 huge level of comfort.
it is one of the blessings of old friends
that you can afford to be stupid with them.
– ralph waldo emerson
had an interesting conversation with my friend. we took turns coming up with one word that defined each of us, and he immediately blurted out the following word that he felt was me: rigmarole.while i had a somewhat negative image of what this word meant, i always liked the sound of it and it was an interesting word to say the least. i decided to look it up for further clarification. after referring to a traditional source, the oxford english dictionary, i found that i rather liked the definition, appreciated the origin of the word, and finally, embraced it as my own. i took it to mean that i simply live life, with all of its complications, and i share my stories, and though not all are long and rambling, i’m quite happy with that.
noun [usually in singular]
- a lengthy and complicated procedure: she went through the rigmarole of securing the front door
- a long, rambling story or statement.
mid 18th century: apparently an alteration of ragman roll, originally denoting a legal document recording a list of offenses
Stories are a communal currency of humanity. – Tahir Shah