Saturday, October 16, 2010

October, seen from a bedroom window

Such was the view on the morning of October 15, 2010, at Lake Washington, Minnesota, as seen from my bedroom window. Although the photograph was taken in the morning -- just this morning of my today, only about ten hours ago real time -- it already is October 16 in much of Europe, which is where my computer still thinks it is located. (Foolish device made by man; note the time stamp for the post.) October 15 or October 16, it makes little difference which -- or does it? Time is illusory and is as much imaginary as it is actual. October 16. The middle of the month. When the second half of this month has passed, this view will no longer exist in my world. It may even be like the falling tree in the forest that no one hears. In any case, it certainly will be that for me, and part of my past -- except for a shadow or two.

by Robert Frost

O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow's wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
one from our trees, one far away.
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!
For the grapes' sake, if the were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost --
For the grapes' sake along the all.


TheChicGeek said...

Hi :)
Such a pretty picture....ahhhhhhhhh. I wish I were there :) It looks peaceful.
Did you know Andrea Bocelli is going to be performing in Los Angeles at the Staples Center in December? I think this is very exciting :) They have been playing a special on his life on PBS this week. He has such an interesting life story. Only thing though, the Staples Center is such a huge venue I'm not sure how it would be. I think amazing to see him live :) I wish he were at the Hollywood Bowl or a more intimate little dream :)
I like the scary picture on the post below. It's very cool.
Wishing you well and sending you happy thoughts and love and kisses :)

Fram Actual said...

Well, Kelly. I have been starting to worry about you. Since you are not posting and have not been here to visit, I was wondering how everything was in your world.

"Scary" ???? You think Fram is scary ???? Oh, well. Such is life. Incidentally, I do not think anyone ever understood the first shadow photograph. I guess there are not enough students of Norse mythology (excuse me, Old Norse religion) in the crowd.

Anyway, you know Fram the First. He goes absolutely berserk if he cannot arrive with a dramatic entrance.

I wish (sort of) Andrea were to be in Los Angeles in January. The timing might be better for me. Actually. On "that side" of the coin, I would love to see him and Sarah Brightman (individually), although I much preferred her as the chubby, young, farm-girl-type with the voice of an angel to the vamp, stripper, show girl, street walker accruements of her recent shows. I feel sorry for her, although there is no reason to do so.

Under the category of "old guys," meaning the other side of the coin, I still hope to see Mick and the Stones before they either are committed indefinitely or drop dead on stage. You know, I am not certain there is anyone else left, unless the Scorpions put in an appearance.

Please, do not be a stranger, Kelly. I think of you and I as part of the same tribe.

Take care, Hiawatha, who has a long memory ....

Kaya said...

There are so many places I wish I could visit and this is one of them. The colors and a composition of this photo are excellent. And most important it has a depth of field. I could walk along this path to the lake and just enjoy... I really miss nature like this.

I discovered a few days ago a wonderful painter Georgia O'Keefe, an American Picasso. My big infatuation right now. Just wanted to share with you. She lived later in her life in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Have you ever been there? I wish I would visit this place someday in spring. It's my dream.

Not Paris or Florence.... They can wait.

Fram Actual said...

There is a degree of beauty to be found in Minnesota, somewhat in the river valleys, but mostly along the St. Croix River and even more yet along the North Shore of Lake Superior. Here, where I am, it is mostly farm country -- pleasant, but nothing special to anyone who is not a farmer. But, I am glad you liked the photograph, Kaya.

Yes, I am familiar with Georgia O'Keefe's work.

I have never set foot in New Mexico. But, during the winter of 2000-2001, I was seriously considering moving to that region, either to New Mexico or to Arizona, and I read quite a bit about those states in particular and about the "four corners" region. Taos, in New Mexico, I believe, is a center of art and is an artists' colony, in a manner of speaking.

I think all women are in love with Florence, although the reason escapes me. It seems no more than any number of cities, from my point of view, but, I suppose that element of romanticism is simply beyond my vision. It is just another one of those mysteries to be found inside women that eludes me.

In any case, it is good to have a dream. Someday, I dream to have a dream again.

TheChicGeek said...

Yes, :)
Looks like Thor, God of Lightening standing in the darkness of the doorway :)
You ask who goes there? It is I, fair maiden Freyja :) You remember her? I've confiscated Thor's hammer from another fair young maiden he graced with this gift many years ago and am returning it to the Mighty Thor (Fram) :) I think he will enjoy good luck with his hammer returned :) You like my little tale? :)
If you are not smiling now, I shall return as Haiwatha and grace you with a golden feather...You will be covered from all angles with these gifts from the heart and we shall step onto the porch and howl at the moon together :)
Ahwoooooo :)
Hope you're having a Super Weekend!
Hugs and Kisses flying across the skies to You :)

Kaya said...

Fram, I listened again to the song Les Fuilles... And I can tell you that it's good. I even don't know who is better French singer Aznavour or Andrea Bocelli. I probably would choose Bocelli at this moment.

Fram Actual said...

Yes, of course, I remember Freyja. Never to be forgotten is Freyja.

You have my mind spinning, though, Kelly. Did I tell you how I gave a Thor's Hammer to an absolutely beautiful young lady once upon a time? I can imagine myself speaking of it, but I cannot recall specifically that I did. I still have one made of bronze, and sometimes wear it.

No, no, no. Hiawatha is the guy; Minnehaha is the girl.

It is nice to see you here, Kelly, and in a happy mood. I hope the super weekend belongs to you. Mine will be a quiet, serious one, which is appropriate at the moment. After all, it is October.

Fram Actual said...

I probably should not mention this, Kaya, but I will because I am incapable of keeping my mouth shut -- ever. I do not, to put it politely, care for the voice of your French singer. I was almost stoned here once (I mean, with rocks) for being critical of his voice.

So, right now, I am glad you prefer the voice of the Italian gentleman, even if only for the moment.

If you are not familiar with this song, "Autumn Leaves," in English, you should find it and play it on YouTube. It is an old song and, I think, a neat one.

TheChicGeek said...

Yes, you did :) You showed me the picture of you wearing it and I thought it was a really neat necklace and then you told me the story...he who has long memory???? :)
Hmmmmmmmmm... I am smiling at you now :)
But I still like my story :)

Okay, okay, and I suppose Minnehaha is having a memory slip too being that I am switching genders on :)

I was thinking about what you said about Sarah Brightman and I'm sure she still feels like the chubby farm girl inside when she's hanging out at home. I know I still feel like I did so many years ago and then I remember, oh, yes, I'm not in my 30's anymore...LOL
We all have an age that we associate ourselves with. I think mine is about 38. I was still young but yet I had developed some wisdom from life experience. I knew what I wanted, had achieved much of it in my life and I felt super sexy, healthy and happy. I still feel like that girl inside. It's good :)

My weekend is nice and easy which makes me very, very happy today!
Don't be too serious now. I understand this is practically an impossible idea for you, but just try, okay?
Love from the West :)

Fram Actual said...

The photograph is still lying about, so I assumed I had shown that, and, who am I to show a photo without also telling a story? Writing has been a vocation for me, while photography an avocation, at most.

As for memory, long? Yes. Perfect? Unfortunately, no.

The Thor’s Hammer girl was in Michigan. I sometimes wonder what happened to her, and inquire every year or two (really). I still am well connected with people there, but no one I have spoken with knows her whereabouts. Claudette was her name.

Life, to me, more and more is becoming like pages and chapters in a book, and to think of them is like reading about the life of someone I once knew. Unlike you, I do not associate or feel a particular bond toward one particular age or period. Sometimes, I think I am a dream within a dream, waiting for the next incarnation. Actually, that may be true. Pinch me.

Well, just to "unfocus" from the serious for a while, I will now adjourn to watch "Predator" on television. This is, by far, the film I have watched the most times. The first half reminds me of an earlier chapter in my book. The second half is like watching the ultimate hunt. A fantasy, adrenalin hunt.

Now, Kelly, please quit telling all my secrets ....

Kaya said...

Believe or not I like when you don't keep your mouth shut. I am ok with that and I like strong opinions. It was my profession to listen to strong opinions, accept and go from there to teach Russian literature to Lithuanian students who were quite nationalistic and hated everything Russian.

Do you know Aznavour came to me as a different singer. He didn't have a great voice. He was a bard. A bard when the words and music mean more than a singer's voice. He sang about being lonely. And of course about love, how it can hurt and make you alive. He was a romantic and so was I.

Franc Sinatra will become later my favorite bard.

Fram Actual said...

Once, I noted in a comment words to the effect that the breadth of your reading and knowledge of Russian literature is much greater than my own. Now, Kaya, I understand why that is the case.

And, debates over the worth of individual writers and interpretations of their works often bring out varied and strong opinions, even if nationalism is not among the issues. That experience must have been fascinating for you.

I do understand your distinction regarding the singing of Charles Aznavour. There are singers I also like, for one reason or another, although I think their voice leaves much to be desired.

In the "argument" I mentioned in my earlier comment, I had said that I thought Aznavour's type of voice appealed more to European women than to any other group. I really do not know that to be a fact, but it is my impression.

I do like the sound of Frank Sinatra's voice, but, maybe oddly, when his name is mentioned, I first think of him as an actor. For instance, "From Here to Eternity" easily falls into my list of twenty-five best films ever, and this opinion, in large part, is due to his performance.

Debates and discussions are fun; arguments are a waste in every sense of the word.

Maddalena said...

No, I cannot believe you, Frammy, that you did not try your canoe on Washington Lake yet. Maybe you can do it now? Why not? If I were you I would do it imediatelly, or the next day in case I drink a red wine, or something else, today. This lake is worthy to be canoed on!

Fram Actual said...

Well, today is cloudy and a bit cold and breezy, Mag. I have canoed in just about every sort of weather imaginable, but right now I would rather wait for Nature to cooperate with me. Tomorrow, or the next day, maybe. We shall see how things go as the week progresses.

Speaking of progress, congratulations, on your own preparations for a real journey. That is really something.

Kaya said...

Fram, do you have days when you don't understand why you are writing on your blog and what does it give to you?

Yesterday, I had such of those days. I suddenly couldn't explain to myself why I am writing on Planet and Notes. I just couldn't find an answer....

Ok, I am going to ask you because sooner or later I will ask you anyway. Fram, how did you feel being for a while in self exile? If you don't want to answer on this question that's ok. Don't.

Fram Actual said...

Not in the sense I think you mean, Kaya. The blogs are many things to many people. For me, it began as a means to speak with individuals who live in places distant from my own residence -- in other states, in other countries -- and to say whatever happened to be on my mind at a particular moment in time.

And, I have often said that if an actual relationship evolved from here, so much the better. Nothing to lose, the world to gain, as I sometimes put it.

I am (sorry to say) a moody person, and I think that shows in what I write. It also does not bother me what I write here, although I do not want to hurt anyone's feelings and try to avoid it.

In a sentence, I write when I feel like it and just visit others if I am not "in the mood" to post anything myself.

My self-exile was not really such an event as that. I was not leaving, only planning to cut back on my posting and not accepting comments from others.

As I said a few days ago, I enjoy coming here, but I would have no trouble leaving for good should I find something else I would rather do.

To me, coming to my page is like taking a coffee break at an office: It is a time to exchange thoughts and ideas -- and, I will freely admit that there are individuals here (just like at an office) who I feel are friends and for whom I have genuine concerns for their well being.

I am not sure if this answers your question, Kaya. I will think about it more.

Kaya said...

Fram, thanks a lot for answering my question and my thoughts. You even wrote more than I expected. You always write in a such great manner that always impresses me.

The problem with me is when I am getting involved with something interesting I am all into it. It's a very strong feeling or infatuation. And too many emotions are involved and soon I am getting more bored or indifferent and suddenly I realize that this is over. i told myself many times, "Be reasonable, be less emotional..." And it works but only for a while...

Do you know the more I read your blog and your comments to me; the more I understand how limited my English is. And that is ok. Nothing wrong with it but sometimes is a little bit upsetting.

Anyway, thanks a lot for your answer again.

Fram Actual said...

Perhaps you should do as I do -- one blog only, and not specialized in the least. Any topic, photographs at times, animals here, Russian literature there, and occasional doses of book reviews or personal thoughts and opinions about whatever strikes your fancy.

That way, it would not be so demanding and the variety of topics would help maintain your interest and enthusiasm (I think).

If you do not find some degree of enjoyment, Kaya, there is no reason to continue working on something like this.

Something special ....