Quote of the Day: This is what you shall do by Walt Whitman
“This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.”
“This is what you shall do…” by Walt Whitman, from the preface of Leaves of Grass. Public domain. Found on the Writer’s Almanac on July 4, 2011.
Part of my creative spirit searches for themes wherever I go. (Must be the drama girl inside me.) So, the hat you see in this photo and another more “manly” one gave us our theme song. When Dan put his hat on, I said it looked like a small sombrero, which prompted him, or Lisa, to do the “Mexican Hat Dance” tune – dadadadada-da, dadadadadada-da, and our theme song was born. This triggered the funny word for the weekend, “Yar.” Which seemed to be a blend of cowboy and pirate. We were adventurers afterall.
Do you ever find yourself reading a book and the story seems to fit with your own experiences? I’ve been reading the Abercrombie Trail series, by local author Candace Simar. I was channeling my pioneer roots as I read about the settlers trying to make a go of it here in Minnesota in the 1800’s with the harsh conditions, the bad blood and mistrust between the native tribes of the Sioux and Ojibwe, and the isolation that was felt especially strong by the women.