Wednesday, July 9, 2008

First post

I've thought a lot about starting a blog lately, and I've finally decided that I should just give it a shot and see how it goes. Rather than just thinking about it all the time, that is.
Why? I like to write, and I like to talk, and this seems like a nice fusion of the two.
Why now? I just got a new sewing machine and a new camera, and between the two of them I am feeling the need to get some images out there.
What? Not sure yet. I admire those people who are able to pick a focus for their blog and just run with it, but I think this will probably end up being a bit of a hodge podge. I don't stick to any one thing long enough to make an entire blog out of it.

I picked my blog name from my favorite stanza in T.S. Eliot's The Wasteland. Yes, I am nerdy like that. Get used to it. Here's the quote:
'You gave me hyacinths first a year ago; 35
'They called me the hyacinth girl.'
—Yet when we came back, late, from the Hyacinth garden,
Your arms full, and your hair wet, I could not
Speak, and my eyes failed, I was neither
Living nor dead, and I knew nothing, 40
Looking into the heart of light, the silence.
Od' und leer das Meer.

I'm not sure why, but those lines get me every time. If you can, check out the recording of T.S. Eliot actually reading the poem. It's even better in his gravely voice.


  1. First things always give new light to the heart.
    May the connection of blogging bring you love and light. Your photos are amazing.
    adding you to my bloggy list.

  2. I think it may have been fate that I happened upon your blog last week. It was just the little sweet surprise I needed. It has been the inspiration I needed to restart my blog as well! I read it when I feel like reading something creative and finding inspiring photos. So far I'm all the way through 2008!

    Just wanted to say thanks,

  3. Rachel - I'm reading this poem for my Whitman/Transcendental Poetry class right now and thought of you. I love it as well. xx


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