“For welcome-enter in, this green and daised sphere…”

These words by Richard Le Gallienne are my greeting to you and what came to my mind today as I returned from a trip to the big city. It was to be a lovely diversion from my daily round. Shopping with my oldest, dearest friend. Her company was delightful, but how my spirit was tattered by the time I made my journey home, which unfortunately included a trip to the grocery store and a department store.

I have enjoyed many a shopping expedition in the past and hope to enjoy more in the future, but how happy my heart was to turn into our driveway and reach the shelter of our green fields! After greeting my family, I went to these fields and lay down and restored my soul…..which was unexplicably grieved by my hours of window-shopping. You see, it has been one of those weeks, when the suffering in the world is very present…and while I was walking around this pretty and safe outdoor mall on a breezy Spring day, I just wanted to be able to scoop up all the sunshine and safety and happiness and wealth and deliver them to the people in all the pockets of the world who need it so desperately!

Another poet’s words came to me there:

“The world is too much with us, late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!”

Dear Wordsworth! How good to know my feeling is neither uncommon or new. And tho’ I never expected my first entry here to be this one…it was a comfort to sit by the fire and realize that I could share it hear and that it might fall on sympathetic ears (eyes?).

How good I hope the time spent here will be. A place to hold my thoughts about making a heart-felt home-life, this Earth-our larger home, my studio and work and so many other good things. When others begin to find this, perhaps I can finally have a sort-of “Letters to Each Other” which I envisioned when The Bower was a paper and ink journal. Wish me well! I wish you the same.