Maya Angelou
In this blogposting…
* Snow Patrol
* Happy Birthday…
* A Daft Daffodil
* Thought for the Day


This posting is adorned with photos of some of the breathtaking sculptures on show at this winter’s Snow Sculptures expo at Breckenridge, Colorado.

Thanks to Eric and Jean for sending them.


...to the wonderful Maya Angelou, who is 85 today.

Ms Angelou is a very special American ‘lady of letters’.  She is an accomplished, articulate and mellifluous writer, poet and public speaker nowadays but first achieved celebrity when the first volume of her autobiography - I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings - was published some years ago. 

The story of her truly horrendous childhood, and how she overcame it and mastered it, is as uplifting and as liberating as any tale of human suffering and eventual release can be.  It’s one of those books that, once read, affects you for the rest of your life;  I still glance at it sometimes, when I need to get things into the kind of perspective that only Maya Angelou can express.

A few years ago I had the very great pleasure of going with my Mam to see and hear Ms Angelou talk about her life in the unlikely but peculiarly fitting surroundings of St Oswald’s church in Durham City.  Her rich, deep voice added resonance to her wisdom.  It was an occasion I will never forget.

If you haven’t read her life story, you’re seriously missing out.

A very happy birthday to this extraordinary woman.


...here’s a splendid picture of Brenda doing her bit for Marie Curie Cancer Care’s ‘Daffodil Day’ in Northumberland Street.  How appropriate that it took place on St David’s Day!

‘We cannot be sure of having something to live for unless we are willing to die for it.’
Che Guevara

Incidentally, the three proverbs in Serge's posting 195 translate as:
You can't teach old monkeys to pull new faces.  'You can't teach an old dog new tricks'.
You can't be in the oven and in the flourmill at the same time.
It's better to prevent than to cure.

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