Playing in the Sand
June 7, 2017

“When I was down beside the sea A wooden spade they gave to me. To dig the sandy shore.” Robert Louis Stevenson, A Child’s Garden of Verses They–whoever they were–clearly did this child a good turn. They brought him to a good place, and they gave him a good ‘toy’–if we call […]

Wednesday Quotes
When I Was Down Beside the Sea
June 8, 2016

“My holes were empty like a cup. In every hole the sea came up. Till it could come no more.” Robert Louis Stevenson, A Child’s Garden of Verses It is fitting that for vacation we especially seek places of natural beauty. In her more notable manifestations the natural world speaks to us […]

Wednesday Quotes
Playing in Grassy Places
May 25, 2016

“Happy hearts and happy faces, Happy play in grassy places— That was how, in ancient ages, Children grew to kings and sages.” Robert Louis Stevenson, A Child’s Garden of Verses It is so easy for us to forget. Playing is how children practice to become adults. They take it very seriously, because for […]

Wednesday Quotes
Picture-Books in Winter
March 4, 2015

“Water now is turned to stone Nurse and I can walk upon; Still we find the flowing brooks In the picture storybooks. … How am I to sing your praise, Happy chimney-corner days, Sitting safe in nursery nooks, Reading picture storybooks?” Robert Louis Stevenson So many ugly images. They seem to saturate […]

Wednesday Quotes
The Land of Storybooks
November 19, 2014

At evening when the lamp is lit, Around the fire my parents sit; They sit at home and talk and sing, And do not play at anything. Now, with my little gun, I crawl All in the dark along the wall, And follow round the forest track Away behind the sofa back. […]

Wednesday Quotes
A Good Boy at Heart
September 10, 2014

A Good Boy By Robert Louis Stevenson “I woke before the morning, I was happy all the day, I never said an ugly word, but smiled and stuck to play.” Can a man be like a boy again? The boy’s business is to stick to play; my business is to stick to […]

Wednesday Quotes
A Happy Thought
June 11, 2014

The world is so full of a number of things, I’m sure we should all be as happy as kings. Robert Louis Stevenson, A Child’s Garden of Verses In my edition of A Child’s Garden of Verses, the illustration next to this short poem titled ‘Happy Thought’ is a cheery scene of children on a […]