• Blog,  Poetry

    Christmas Bells by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    This is one of my favorite poems from Longfellow. It is a truly classical reading that has endured through time. Every time I read it, I feel more hopeful, grateful, and at peace.

    This beautiful season reminds us of life’s richest blessings – family, friends, and loved ones who fill our hearts with warmth and affection. I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and that your home be filled with love and blessings you so richly deserve.

    Xo, Katie

    Christmas Bells

    I heard the bells on Christmas Day
    Their old, familiar carols play,
        And wild and sweet
        The words repeat 
    Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

    And thought how, as the day had come,
    The belfries of all Christendom
        Had rolled along
        The unbroken song
    Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

    Till ringing, singing on its way,
    The world revolved from night to day,
        A voice, a chime,
        A chant sublime 
    Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

    Then from each black, accursed mouth
    The cannon thundered in the South,
        And with the sound 
        The carols drowned
    Of peace on earth, good-will to men! 

    It was as if an earthquake rent
    The hearth-stones of a continent,
        And made forlorn
        The households born
    Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

    And in despair I bowed my head;
    “There is no peace on earth,” I said;
        “For hate is strong,
        And mocks the song 
    Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”

    Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
    “God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
        The Wrong shall fail,
        The Right prevail,
    With peace on earth, good-will to men.”

    – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    Photo by Andrew Seaman on Unsplash

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    A Parisian Winter Tale

    As we approach this wonderful time of year, I find myself enveloped in beautiful stories that depict what this season is all about. Themes of gratitude, love, service, and family, are just a few that come to mind. Every year I revisit the same traditional stories: It’s A Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol, until one year I discovered this particular story…A Parisian Winter Tale. I don’t remember when I made the delightful discovery, but I’m happy I did.

    A Parisian Winter Tale written by writer Tatiana de Rosnay and animated by Montblanc. There is an entire video on the art form of how this story was animated, and you’ll have to be sure to watch that one too. There is no doubt the animation process that occurred in making this short film is an entire art form in itself.

    I hope you’ll enjoy this beautiful story as much as I do. It is exquisitely romantic, and has become a wonderful addition to my list of Christmas traditions.

    Let me know what you think!

    Xx, Katie

    Photo by Celine Ylmz on Unsplash
  • Blog,  Music,  Poetry

    Blasphemous Rumors

    “Blasphemous Rumours”

    Girl of 16
    Whole life ahead of her
    Slashed her wrists
    Bored with life
    Didn’t succeed
    Thank the lord
    For small mercies

    Fighting back the tears
    Mother reads the note again
    16 candles burn in her mind
    She takes the blame
    It’s always the same
    She goes down on her knees
    And prays

    I don’t want to start
    Any blasphemous rumours
    But I think that God’s
    Got a sick sense of humour
    And when I die
    I expect to find Him laughing

    Girl of 18
    Fell in love with everything
    Found new life
    In Jesus Christ
    Hit by a car
    Ended up
    On a life support machine

    Summer’s day
    As she passed away
    Birds were singing
    In the summer sky
    Then came the rain
    And once again
    A tear fell
    From her mother’s eye

    – Martin L. Gore/Depeche Mode