It sifts from Leaden Sieves By Emily Dickinson

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December’s poem is by Emily Dickinson. Emily Dickinson was so clever. She wrote an entire poem about snow without ever mentioning the word “snow.” Grab your cup of tea and enjoy reading this winter poem. (PS. (October and November poems here.)

It sifts from Leaden Sieves
By Emily Dickinson

It sifts from Leaden Sieves –
It powders all the Wood.
It fills with Alabaster Wool
The Wrinkles of the Road –
It makes an even Face
Of Mountain, and of Plain –
Unbroken Forehead from the East
Unto the East again –
It reaches to the Fence –
It wraps it Rail by Rail
Till it is lost in Fleeces –
It deals Celestial Vail
To Stump, and Stack – and Stem –
A Summer’s empty Room –
Acres of Joints, where Harvests were,
Recordless, but for them –
It Ruffles Wrists of Posts
As Ankles of a Queen –
Then stills it’s Artisans – like Ghosts –
Denying they have been –

 

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Fall Favorites

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Today (Labor Day) marks the end of summer in the US, but the truth is that the Washington, D.C. region will have summer weather well into October. Nevertheless, let’s talk about fall favorites.

Here’s what I love about fall:

  1. Wearing cozy sweaters.
  2. Drinking copious amounts of tea (but to be honest, I drink copious amounts of tea year-round).
  3. The canvas of colorful leaves.
  4. Breathing in the crisp morning air during my morning walk to the metro.
  5. Mugs of hot chocolate with whipped cream.
  6. Curling up by the fire with a good book.
  7. Puttering around the house on Saturday mornings.
  8. The anticipation of the festive season (I love, love, love the festive season and will be blogging about it this winter).
  9. Freshly baked bread (I use a no-knead recipe).
  10. Wearing fun tights.

Do you have a fall season in your neck of the woods? If yes, what are you looking forward to the most?

xoxo, Jane

September Reading List

I love books and writing about books, so just for fun I present to you four books you should read this September.

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Sherlock Holmes

When I think of fall, I think of detectives, locomotives and old-timey London. (Yes, I really do think of all of those things during the fall months. I have an overactive imagination that never rests.)

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Fairy Tales

Sometimes, it’s just really nice to sit down with some fantastical stories that can be read and enjoyed in one sitting. Perhaps by the fireplace. With a big cup of tea. Do you agree?

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo.

For me, fall is for fresh starts. This book could kick-start you in getting organized, whether it’s that one desk drawer or the hall closet. My advice? Start small. Don’t tackle the entire apartment. You might run out of steam and give up completely. But I really do think it’s the most incredible feeling to declutter a little and organize something that needs organizing.

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Naturally Tan by Tan France

Tan France’s memoir is funny and sweet. It’s also brutally honest and heartwarming. It can’t be easy growing up as a brown Muslim boy in a predominantly white neighborhood in the UK. He was beaten up a lot and had to hide his true self from his strict Muslim family. But somehow he got through it all, stayed true to himself, became uber successful and ended up happy and in love in Utah, USA. And he managed to write about it in a funny and heartwarming way in this memoir.

Your turn! Which books would you recommend for some cozy fall reading?

xoxo, Jane

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