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Feeling a lot like reading some poetry for a change, I not only recorded the Weekly Poetry but also the Fortnightly Poetry for LibriVox. It’s called “Lydia is gone this many a year” by Lizette Woodworth Reese.

So here is my version of it:

LYDIA is gone this many a year,
Yet when the lilacs stir,
In the old gardens far or near,
The house is full of her.

They climb the twisted chamber stair;
Her picture haunts the room;
On the carved shelf beneath it there,
They heap the purple bloom.

A ghost so long has Lydia been,
Her cloak upon the wall,
Broidered, and gilt, and faded green,
Seems not her cloak at all.

The book, the box on mantel laid,
The shells in a pale row,
Are those of some dim little maid,
A thousand years ago.

And yet the house is full of her;
She goes and comes again;
And longings thrill, and memories stir,
Like lilacs in the rain.

Out in their yards the neighbors walk,
Among the blossoms tall;
Of Anne, of Phyllis, do they talk,
Of Lydia not at all.

Isn’t it beautiful? …maybe a little too melancholy, but I like it! πŸ˜€

If you’d like to hear other versions, here are 16 more to choose from.

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Another of my BCing projects got a beautiful cover, which was also created by Neeru. It’s called “Theo” by Frances Hodgson Burnett and is described as “A SPRIGHTLY LOVE STORY”.

Theo by F. H. Burnett

Click on the pic to get directly to the catalog page, where you can listen to the whole book! Enjoy! πŸ˜€

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After a long time of not bothering to read my version of the LibriVox Weekly Poetry, I did today. It’s a beautiful poem called “To… With all my sould, then, let us part” by Thomas Moore.

Here is mine:

With all my soul, then, let us part,
Since both are anxious to be free;
And I will send you home your heart,
If you will send mine back to me.

We’ve had some happy hours together,
But joy must often change its wing;
And spring would be but gloomy weather,
If we had nothing else but spring.

‘Tis not that I expect to find
A more devoted, fond and true one,
With rosier cheek or sweeter mind–
Enough for me that she’s a new one.

Thus let us leave the bower of love,
Where we have loitered long in bliss;
And you may down _that_ pathway rove,
While I shall take my way through _this_.

Tomorrow it will get cataloged and I’ll then link it here so that you can listen to all the other versions too. Listen! It’s fun! πŸ˜€

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Two of my BCing projects recently got beautiful CD covers. The first is for Aunt Jane’s Nieces by L. Frank Baum…

…and the second for the sequel, called “Aunt Jane’s Nieces Abroad”:

Neeru created both covers. Aren’t they just lovely?

Btw. if you are curious, just click on the pics and you’ll be transported directly to the Catalog page, where you can get the LibriVox recordings. As a sneak peek here is my reading of chapter 29 of Aunt Jane’s Nieces Abroad (BEWARE – it might contain spoilers):

Listen! It’s fun! πŸ˜‰

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Just a quick post to let all of you know that there is another awesome LibriVox Community Podcast out there. This time it’s about the beautiful CD Covers (some of which have found their way onto my blog), the new Thank-A-Reader feature and some thoughts on books.

Listen to Cori, Lars, Bart and Hokuspokus! It’s fun! πŸ˜€

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I’ve read lots and lots lately, but I’ve never gotten round to bloggingΒ  about any of them. Anyway, a couple of days ago I finished reading two really good ones called “Thursday’s Child” and “Ballet Shoes for Anna”.Β  The author of both is Noel Streatfield. Here are short summaries:

Ballet Shoes for Anna” is a very sweet book about three children coming to live with their strict uncle, after having lost their parents in an earthquake. Against their uncle’s wish and in secret the three children do everything to earn money for Anna’s dancing lessons…

I enjoyed the book very much, though the style of writing is rather unusual and it took some getting used to.

Thursday’s Child” is about Margaret Thursday, who as a baby was found on the steps of a church on a Thursday morning along with a note, entrusting her to the care of the church and promising 52 pounds per year. The first 10 years of her life Margaret is looked after by two elderly ladies, but when the money fails to come, Margaret is sent to an orphanage. On her way there she meets three children, of whom the two little boys are going to the orphanage too, while their sisters is to become a scullery maid.

The orphanage is poor, the children never have enough to eat and the Matron is a cruel woman. After a couple of unpleasant incidents Maragret feels forced to run away together with the two boys…

It’s a charming book and beautifully written. I enjoyed it so much, that I could hardly put it down. If you can, get hold of a copy and start reading. πŸ˜€

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Just a quick post to show off my cute GIANT plush microbes. May I introduce you to Common Cold (cute blue guy at the bottom of the pile), Tooth Decay (snowy white and right on top), Black Death (classical black, modestly hiding behind the others) and 2 x Bad Breath (green and icky):

Giant plush microbes
My supercute giant plush microbes

Aren’t they cute? πŸ˜€

Bad Breath and Tooth Decay are now happily infesting my book case, while Black Death and Common Cold have taken permanent residence on the couch!

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