day three

It was a leftover soup, stay inside, wash loads of sheet laundry, read piles of books and watch movies while bundled up on the couch sort of day again today.

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4 thoughts on “day three

  1. Eric Weiss

    I just discovered your Weblog today via Clifton Healy’s Weblog, http://chattablogs.com/aionioszoe/

    You wrote:

    “This title bears no relation to the blue canopies used to protect wood piles from rain, cover small boats when they are not being used, save carpet from paint splatters, or any other use those sturdy sheets may have been put to. This variety of blue canopy found its origin in the pages of Shakespeare, who poetically used the phrase “blue canopy” in reference to the sky (I must admit I can’t remember exactly which play – do help if you know).”

    Perhaps someone has already told you where this comes from, but there is a song in the musical HAIR that comes from a speech in Hamlet:

    “What a piece of work is man
    How noble in reason
    How infinite in faculties
    In form and moving
    How express and admirable
    In action how like an angel
    In apprehension how like a god
    The beauty of the world
    The paragon of animals

    “I have of late
    But wherefore I know not
    Lost all my mirth
    This goodly frame
    The earth
    Seems to me a sterile promontory
    This most excellent canopy
    The air– look you!
    This brave o’erhanging firmament
    This majestical roof
    Fretted with golden fire
    Why it appears no other thing to me
    Than a foul and pestilent congregation
    Of vapors

    “What a piece of work is man
    How noble in reason”

    – – –

    Here is the passage from Act II, Scene 2 of Hamlet:

    HAMLET
    I will tell you why; so shall my anticipation
    prevent your discovery, and your secrecy to the king
    and queen moult no feather. I have of late–but
    wherefore I know not–lost all my mirth, forgone all
    custom of exercises; and indeed it goes so heavily
    with my disposition that this goodly frame, the
    earth, seems to me a sterile promontory, this most
    excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave
    o’erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted
    with golden fire, why, it appears no other thing to
    me than a foul and pestilent congregation of vapours.
    What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason!
    how infinite in faculty! in form and moving how
    express and admirable! in action how like an angel!
    in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the
    world! the paragon of animals! And yet, to me,
    what is this quintessence of dust? man delights not
    me: no, nor woman neither, though by your smiling
    you seem to say so.

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  2. sara

    Eric, Thank you for visiting my blog and thank you for the excerpts and for taking the time to quote them. I have never heard the song from Hair, or seen the musical for that matter. Your knowledge is appreciated.

    XK, I’m feeling fine, thanks for asking…I had mild stomach yuck but nothing notable. Thankfully. Pregnancy has been ok…sickness has passed. I just feel a little heavier and streched out in the childbearing regions than in the past. It’s goingby really quickly as well…not much time to just think aboutthe baby. In fact…While waiting for my midwife I was looking at her copy of that Anne Geddes Pregnant/Newborn photo book and for the first time allowed myself to drift into mamma ga ga over the fat fold of skin, etc. It was kinda nice!

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