Inspired by Books

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Prof. Tarma Amelia Black
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Inspired by Books

Post by Prof. Tarma Amelia Black » Sun Jun 30, 2019 2:56 am

I'm growing roses, old roses, and was amused when I (re)read This Rough Magic by Mary Stewart because I was actually growing some of the roses she mentions in there.
And everywhere, roses. Great bushes of them rampaged up the trees; a blue spruce was half smothered with sprays of vivid Persian pink, and one dense bush of frilled white roses must have been have been ten feet high. There were moss roses, musk roses, damask roses, roses pied and streaked, and one old pink rose straight from a mediaeval manuscript, hemispherical, as if a knife had sliced it across, its hundred petals as tightly whorled and packed as the layers of an onion. There must have been twenty or thirty varieties there, all in full bloom, old roses, planted years ago and left to run wild, as if in some secret garden whose key is lost. The place seemed hardly real. [ ]

... the old names which evoked, like poetry, the old gardens of France, of Persia, of Provence ... Belle de Crecy, Belle Isis, Deuil du Roi de Rome, Rosamunde, Camalieux, Ispahan ... [ ]

... The scent was heavy as a drug.
(quote from This Rough Magic). And the light bulb went on.

I have moss roses, damask roses, a rose pied, an old pink rose with its hundred petals as tightly whorled and packed as the layers of an onion. I have Belle de Crecy and Ispahan. I have Leda (aka Painted Damask). Their fragrances utterly fill the air with a richness of intermingling perfumes which is incredibly lovely,

I had read this book ages ago. Before I started collecting old roses. And I remembered this entire passage of the book -- when I re-read it, it was a old and familiar friend. And I wondered, and realized, that part of my passion for roses, and growing OLD roses (that is a classification of rose which generally means it was grown, or discovered, before 1900) came after reading that book .... and I laughed. Yep. Thank you, Mary Stewart. :)

Has anyone else been inspired by books to add dimensions and/or adventures to your life?
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Re: Inspired by Books

Post by Emily Spencer » Thu Jul 18, 2019 3:57 pm

This may be silly, but The Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder actually started me on a lifelong love of cooking. Food (or lack thereof) was an integral part of her stories, of which I was an avid fan. When my mom brought me The Little House Cookbook, I just had to try the recipes, some of which I still use today. Apples and onions is one of my husband's favourites; I guess he and Almanzo Wilder have similar taste.

Not earth shattering, I realize, but it's something :)
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Re: Inspired by Books

Post by Maxim Trevelyan » Mon Aug 26, 2019 8:54 pm

Scars. A sign that you had been hurt. A sign that you had healed.
Another secret of the universe: Sometimes pain was like a storm that came out of nowhere. The clearest summer could end in a downpour. Could end in lightning and thunder.
I am of the belief that everybody has scars; physical or emotional. I have both, recent and those more than a decade old. I have always been ashamed of them, secretly and not-so-secretly, thinking they are an ugly part of me that I have to hide.

I was recommended the book titled Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by the wonderful Benjamin Alire Sáenz, which is also where the upper quotes come from. This book has so many quotes that could be applied to many subjects, but these two resonated deepest within me.

They helped me learn that I do not have to be ashamed of my scars, my feelings and of my pain. That my experiences do not make me a victim, but rather a survivor, that the scars are a sign of a fighter. It made me proud of them, in a way. This is still an on-going process, a slowly moving one, but one that advances step by step and it is in large thanks to this book.
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