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The Spider And The Fly

by Mary Howitt

“Will you walk into my parlor?” said the spider to the fly;
“‘Tis the prettiest little parlor that ever you did spy.
The way into my parlor is up a winding stair,
And I have many pretty things to show when you are there.”
“O no, no,” said the little fly, “To ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair can ne’er come down again.”

“I’m sure you must be weary, dear, with soaring up so high;
Will you rest upon my little bed?” said the spider to the fly.
“There are pretty curtains drawn around, the sheets are fine and thin,
And if you like to rest awhile, I’ll snugly tuck you in.”
“O no, no,” said the little fly, “for I’ve often heard it said,
They NEVER, NEVER WAKE again, who sleep upon YOUR bed.”

Said the cunning spider to the fly, “Dear friend, what shall I do,
To prove the warm affection I’ve always felt for you?
I have within my pantry good store of all that’s nice;
I’m sure you’re very welcome; will you please to take a slice?
“O no, no,” said the little fly, “kind sir, that cannot be;
I’ve heard what’s in your pantry, and I do not wish to see.”

“Sweet creature!” said the spider, “you’re witty and you’re wise,
How handsome are your gauzy wings, how brilliant are your eyes!
I have a little looking-glass upon my parlor shelf,
If you’ll step in one moment dear, you shall behold yourself.”
I thank you, gentle sir,” she said, “for what you’re pleased to say,
And bidding you good-morning NOW, I’ll call ANOTHER day.”

The spider turned him round about, and went into his den,
For well he knew the silly fly would soon be back again:
So he wove a subtle web, in a little corner sly,
And set his table ready to dine upon the fly.
Then he came out to his door again, and merrily did sing,
“Come hither, hither, pretty fly, with the pearl and silver wing:
Your robes are green and purple; there’s a crest upon your head;
Your eyes are like the diamond bright, but mine are dull as lead.”

Alas, alas! how very soon this silly little fly,
Hearing his wily flattering words, came slowly flitting by.
With buzzing wings she hung aloft, then near and nearer drew,
Thinking only of her crested head – POOR FOOLISH THING! At last,
Up jumped the cunning spider, and fiercely held her fast.
He dragged her up his winding stair, into his dismal den,
Within his little parlor; but she ne’er came out again!

And now, dear little children, who may this story read,
To idle, silly, flattering words, I pray you ne’er give heed;
Unto an evil counselor close heart, and ear, and eye,
And take a lesson from this tale of the Spider and the Fly.

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April 19, 2017 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

The Old Pond

April 17, 2017 at 6:25 pm Leave a comment

The Dance of the Violin

The Dance of the Violin

by Kathy Stinson

Based on a true story about what happened when Joshua Bell made a big mistake at his first competition

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April 2, 2017 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

The Joy of Painting

I believe
I believe everyday is a good day when you paint
I believe
I believe it will bring a lot of good thoughts to your heart.
I believe
I believe everyday is a good day when you paint
I believe
I believe it will bring a lot of good thoughts to your heart.

Let’s build a happy little cloud
Let’s build happy little trees
There are no limits here
Start out by believing here.
You can almost paint with anything.
All you have to do is practice.
There are no limits here
Start out by believing here.

This is your world
You are the creator.
I have freedom on this canvas.
Believe that you can do it.
Cause you can do it.

Give it a little touch.
Give it a little push.
Make love to the canvas.
Give it a little touch.
Give it a little push push.
Caress it, very gentle.

Grab it, lift it, fluff it.
You can go, on and on and on.
Back and forth. Back-back and forth.
Layer after layer after layer.
Lets build a happy little cloud.
Lets build some happy little trees.
There are no limits here
Start out by believing here.

This is your world
You are the creator.
I have freedom on this canvas.
Believe that you can do it.
Cause you can do it.

Relax, let it flow.
Think like water.
Relax, let it flow.
You can go on and on and on.
We don’t make mistakes.
We just have happy accidents.
You can do anything that you wanna do.
Total power. Sing along.
Have a good time.

Du du du du du du du du du du
Du du du du du du du du du du

This is your world
You are the creator.
I have freedom on this canvas.
Believe that you can do it.
Cause you can do it.

I believe
I believe everyday is a good day when you paint
I believe
I believe it will bring a lot of good thoughts to your heart.
I believe
I believe everyday is a good day when you paint
I believe
I believe it will bring a lot of good thoughts to your heart.

April 1, 2017 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

March: Sowing the field

Labors of the Months from the Très Riches Heures
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In the background is the Château de Lusignan, a residence of Jean de Berry.

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March 1, 2017 at 5:25 am Leave a comment

The Bravest Woman in America

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Ida Lewis loved everything about the sea, so when her father became the official keeper of Lime Rock Lighthouse in Newport, Rhode Island, she couldn’t imagine anything better.

Throughout the years, Ida shadowed her father as he tended the lighthouse, listening raptly to his stories about treacherous storms, drowning sailors, and daring rescues. Under her father’s watchful eye, she learned to polish the lighthouse lens so the light would shine bright. She learned to watch the sea for any sign of trouble. And, most importantly, she learned to row.

Ida felt ready for anything—and she was.

Award-winning author Marissa Moss pairs up with award-winning illustrator Andrea U’Ren in a stunning collaboration that sheds light on a remarkable piece of history. Based on the true story of Ida Lewis, who was dubbed “the Bravest Woman in America” and who was recognized with the Congressional Life Saving Medal and the American Cross of Honor, this inspiring and unforgettable tale of courage and real-life heroism is a tribute to brave women everywhere.

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February 25, 2017 at 5:25 am Leave a comment

Après la pluie

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