Hello all. I am here to let you know that I am going to be unplugged for the coming week.
This may feel strange to me. Computers are a regular part of my routine, from working, creating lesson plans, logging workouts, loading photographs, updating this site, and so on.
I have nothing against computers or other electronics. They are useful tools and have their place.
However, I will be spending some time away from my ordinary routines, including a lot of outdoor adventures, I hope.
I hope to have all kinds of fun things to share when I plug back in. For now, I will leave you with a poem. (For the record, I love books. But I also love putting them aside sometimes to “come forth into the light of things.” Balance, always balance.)
The Tables Turned
a poem by William Wordsworth
Up! up! my Friend, and quit your books;
Or surely you’ll grow double:
Up! up! my Friend, and clear your looks;
Why all this toil and trouble?
The sun, above the mountain’s head,
A freshening lustre mellow
Through all the long green fields has spread,
His first sweet evening yellow.
Books! ’tis a dull and endless strife:
Come, hear the woodland linnet,
How sweet his music! on my life,
There’s more of wisdom in it.
And hark! how blithe the throstle sings!
He, too, is no mean preacher:
Come forth into the light of things,
Let Nature be your Teacher.
She has a world of ready wealth,
Our minds and hearts to bless
Spontaneous wisdom breathed by health,
Truth breathed by cheerfulness.
One impulse from a vernal wood
May teach you more of man,
Of moral evil and of good,
Than all the sages can.
Sweet is the lore which Nature brings;
Our meddling intellect
Mis-shapes the beauteous forms of things:
We murder to dissect.
Enough of Science and of Art;
Close up those barren leaves;
Come forth, and bring with you a heart
That watches and receives.
Wishing you a beautiful week!!