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The Lanawn Shee
(Belgium, July 1917)

Powdered and perfumed the full bee
Winged heavily across the clover,
And where the hills were dim with dew,
Purple and blue the west leaned over.

A willow spray dipped in the stream,
Moving a gleam of silver ringing,
And by a finny creek a maid
Filled all the shade with softest singing.

Listening, my heart and soul at strife,
On the edge of life I seemed to hover,
For I knew my love had come at last,
That my joy was past and my gladness over.

I tiptoed gently up and stooped
Above her looped and shining tresses,
And asked her of her kin and name,
And why she came from fairy places.

She told me of a sunny coast )

By Francis Ledwidge

[Francis Edward Ledwidge was killed in action July 31, 1917, on the opening day of the Battle of Passchendaele.]

Originally posted by [ profile] duathir at Francis Ledwidge, 'The Lanawn Shee'
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"People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."

(Elizabeth Kubler-Ross)
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Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS) is appealing for anyone going on a summer holiday to send a postcard to Robin House to help the terminally ill children make memories.

Postcards are welcome from any destination.

They should be addressed to Robin House, 2 Boturich Road, Balloch, West Dunbartonshire, G83 8LX.

(more details in the article)

Note: I recommend putting your postcard inside an envelope; there seems to be a persistent problem with postcard delivery within the UK (anything in an envelope gets delivered just fine, though).

(and yes, I'll be sending one this week)
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“We all go through hard times in life. It’s a part of being alive and it's the reality we all have to deal with. There are times we forget our value as a person because we are so blinded with these thoughts of loneliness, emptiness and ego.

Somewhere along the road we become numbed with all the frustrations and dissatisfaction. But life itself isn't always about darkness and sadness, Life is also filled with colors and that makes it beautiful.

Along this path of darkness there's always light waiting to be seen by our daunted hearts. Our heart is gifted to see this light. It may be hiding behind those circumstances that we encounter; in a stranger we just met at an unexpected place; a family who has been always there but you just ignored because of your imperfect relationship with them; it might be a long time friend you have or a friend you just met.

Open your heart and you will see how blessed you are to have them all in your life. Sometimes they are the light that shines your path in some dark phases of life. Don't lose hope.”

~ Chanda Kaushik
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The Good Man in Hell

If a good man were ever housed in Hell
By needful error of the qualities,
Perhaps to prove the rule or shame the devil,
Or speak the truth only a stranger sees,

Would he, surrendering quick to obvious hate,
Fill half eternity with cries and tears,
Or watch beside Hell's little wicket gate
In patience for the first ten thousand years,

Feeling the curse climb slowly to his throat
That, uttered, dooms him to rescindless ill,
Forcing his praying tongue to run by rote,
Eternity entire before him still?

Would he at last, grown faithful in his station,
Kindle a little hope in hopeless Hell,
And sow among the damned doubts of damnation,
Since here someone could live, and live well?

One doubt of evil would bring down such a grace,
Open such a gate, and Eden could enter in,
Hell be a place like any other place,
And love and hate and life and death begin.

By Edwin Muir

Originally posted by [ profile] duathir at Edwin Muir, 'The Good Man in Hell'
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Happened to run across this post on FB earlier this week and thought you might enjoy this compilation :)
Improve English Vocabulary

some uncommon words with their meanings

1. Cagamosis (noun): an unhappy marriage
2. agerasia (noun): the state of looking younger than one actually is
3. Hadeharia (noun): the practice of frequently using the word "hell" in speech
4. Estrapade(noun) : the attempt of the horse to remove its rider. (estrange: alienate or remove)
5. Auto-tonsorialist (noun): a person who cuts his own hair. (tonsorial= of or related to haircut or barbering)
6. Dactylonomy (noun): act of counting using one's fingers (dactyl: tip of the finger)
7. Jument (noun): An animal used to carry loads like horse or donkey (beast of burden)
8. Gargalesthesia (noun): the sensation caused by tickling
9. bombilate (verb): make humming or buzzing sound loudly. "a student was bombilating in the class while the teacher was delivering lecture"
10. maledicent (noun): a person who does frequent abusive speech


(cross-posting from [ profile] 1word1day)

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A medieval manuscript that was peed on by a cat

Scribe was forced to leave the rest of the page empty, drew a picture of a cat and cursed the creature with the following words:

“Hic non defectus est, sed cattus minxit desuper nocte quadam. Confundatur pessimus cattus qui minxit super librum istum in nocte Daventrie, et consimiliter omnes alii propter illum. Et cavendum valde ne permittantur libri aperti per noctem ubi cattie venire possunt.”

[Here is nothing missing, but a cat urinated on this during a certain night. Cursed be the pesty cat that urinated over this book during the night in Deventer and because of it many others [other cats] too. And beware well not to leave open books at night where cats can come.]

Cologne, Historisches Archiv, G.B. quarto, 249, fol. 68r

(from History Daily FB pg)
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("Having flown around the earth in a Sputnik ship, I saw how beautiful our planet is. People, let us preserve and multiply this beauty, and not destroy it!" ~Yu. A. Gagarin)
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(cross-posting from [ profile] 1word1day)

Several times, in the last few months, I've shared posts from the Grandiloquent Word of the Day FB page to this comm. So, I thought some of you might be interested in this announcement:

The Grandiloquent Word of the Day, by Jason Ott, is issuing a calendar for the upcoming year. You can reserve your copy in PDF and/or print today, and if you do, you will get a PDF bonus--The Grandiloquent Book of Shenanigans!

The deadline for pledging to reserve your copy is tonight, at 12 midnight.

And a bonus word from their FB page:


-The extreme or irrational fear of Woodpeckers.

From “yaffle" - a large green and yellow woodpecker (Picus viridis, family Picidae) with a red crown and a laughing call.
“phobia” via Latin from Greek - extreme or irrational fear or dislike of a specified thing or group.

Used in a sentence:
“Pinocchio was enjoying watching Saturday morning cartoons right up until The Woody Woodpecker Show induced a full-blown case of yafflephobia.”
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For better start in life, start Cola earlier

Came across this in the article by Groovy History and thought I'd share with this comm; several of the other ads are even more unbelievable; take a look over here at their website

(cross-posting from [ profile] vintage_ads)

Edited to add:

Thanks to <ljuser="deverbative"> on [ profile] vintage_ads for pointing this out:

This ad is fake.

Further edit from
[ profile] dandyxr:

That Hardee's ad that says "women don't leave the kitchen" and the Winston ad with the pregnant woman smoking are pretty obvious fakes

But.. a lot of the ads on there are real. Basically all the ones that have a husband spanking his wife are legit. Palmolive "men ask is she pretty not is she clever", even the Marlboro one "have a cigarette before you scold me"

Smile ;)

Jul. 20th, 2017 06:15 am
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("Almost there. Go get 'War and Peace' and anything you can find by James A. Michener.")

And here's a funny Photoshopping series, do take a look:
Couple Asks Internet To Photoshop Out Shirtless Guy From Engagement Photo, Regrets It Immediately
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(this one is with propaganda posters, priceless)

One more version, the pictures in it mostly match the lyrics:

(also, I love the knowledge of geography the speaker displays :P)
~~Lyrics and translation: )

([ profile] duathir--here you are)

Smile ;)

Jul. 19th, 2017 05:23 am
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Мать девушки--парню:

-Очень жаль, молодой человек, но она сказала, что её нет дома.

-Отлично. Скажите ей, что я не приходил.

The mother of a young lady, to a young man at the door:

"Very sorry, young man, but she said that she is not at home."

"Excellent. Tell her I didn't come by."

Случай в раю.

-Господи, тут к вам атеисты!
-Передайте им, что меня нет.

An occurrence in Paradise.

"Lord, some atheists are here to see You!"
"Tell them I'm not here."

Чудеса гражданской авиации: Завтрак--в Варшаве, обед--в Лондоне, ужин--в Нью-Йорке, багаж--в Буэнос-Айресе.

The wonders of modern air travel: Breakfast in Warsaw, lunch in London, supper in New York, luggage in Buenos-Ayres.

A few more: )

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Oiginally posted by [ profile] rubyelf at I promised you a nature post..., who kindly gave me permission to share :) Many thanks!

So here is is... these are pictures from my walk yesterday. I think it was yesterday. I had class today and it fried my brain a little. There's still not much going on as far as flowers or leaves, but I did find some pink acorns...

Read more... )

P.S. Although Chris Hemsworth is not generally my type (not that I know what my type is, other than a sarcastic smartass), I cannot deny the hotness and honestly, the man just gets better with age, so... I found some things to share with those of you who mentioned your fondness for him, starting with the picture in my icon, which is from him guest hosting "Saturday Night Live".


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