Friday, June 5, 2015

Raintree County Revisited

"The world is still full of divinity and strangeness"
-John Shawnessy 

Beautiful Promotional Art Portraits For "Raintree County"

        "Come back to Raintree County, wandering child.
 Remember the great deaths and the great homecomings.
 Come back, and bring a sprig of lilac.
 For you will always be on trains  and coming home,
 and the legend that recalled you  from the City 
 will always be tingling along the wires of the Republic."
Excerpt from the novel,
"Raintree County"
By Ross Lockridge Jr.

"So kiss me sweet with your warm wet mouth,
Still fragrant with ruby wine,
And say with a fervor born of the South
That your body and soul are mine.
Clasp me close in your warm young arms,
While the pale stars shine above,
And we'll live our whole young lives away
In the joys of a living love."
-Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Montgomery Cliff romances Elizabeth Taylor in
"Raintree County"

Set amid the backdrop of the American Civil War,
"Raintree County"  is the story of the tumultuous
and tragic romance between handsome,
poetic dreamer, John Shawnessy, and a
beautiful, yet, emotionally and mentally
unstable Southern belle named Susanna Drake,
haunted by the memories of her childhood.

Meanwhile, John Shawnessy's gentle high school sweetheart,
the beautiful and virtuous Nell Gaither, is heartbroken
after John marries Susanna, yet, she still finds
herself in love with him.

Eva Marie Saint as Nell Gaither
 in "Raintree County"

"Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendor in the grass, 

of glory in the flower;
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind."

-William Wordsworth

Eva Marie Saint, Montgomery Cliff and Elizabeth Taylor
   during a scene shot at the ruins of the Windsor Plantation,
once the site of the largest mansion ever built in the state of Mississippi.
The house survived the war, only to be destroyed by fire in 1890.

Raintree County...
which had no boundaries in time
and space, where lurked musical and
strange names and mythical and lost
peoples, and which was itself only a
name musical and strange."
-Ross Lockridge Jr.

Golden Raintree

"They say in Raintree County there's a tree bright with blossoms of gold.
But you will find the Raintree's a state of the mind, or a dream to enfold.
It was there one day, with the buds of early May
that you came like a flame from the South,
And I looked into eyes of periwinkle blue, and I knew, then I knew,
I'd love you in Raintree County, and I'd find what we all seek to know.
We shared the golden dream when we found our true love
in Raintree long ago.  For the brave that dare there's a Raintree
ev'rywhere. We who dreamed found it so long ago."
-John Waldo Green/Paul Francis Webster

The Song Of Raintree County
Nat King Cole

June Prayers, Poems, & Praise

"Give away the things you don't need
Let it all go and you'll soon see
And you'll wash your spirit clean
Wash your spirit clean
Go and pray upon a mountain
Go and pray beside the ocean
And you'll wash your spirit clean
Wash Your spirit clean
Be grateful for the struggle
Be thankful for the lessons
And you'll wash your spirit clean."
"Wash Your Spirit Clean"
Tim Veazey, Jon Timothy Veazey

"Wash Your Spirit Clean"

"Give me good digestion, Lord,
and also something to digest;
Give me a healthy body, Lord,
and a sense to keep it at its best.
Give me a healthy mind, good Lord,
to keep the good and pure in sight;
Which, seeing sin, is not appalled,
but finds a way to set it right.

Summer Berries

  Give me a mind that is not bound,
that does not whimper,
whine or sigh.

Don't let me worry over much
about the fussy thing called I.
Give me a sense of humor, Lord;
give me the grace to see a joke,
To get some happiness from life
and pass it on to other folk."
"An Ancient Prayer"
Thomas H.B. Webb

"Water Lilies"
Claude Monet

"The summer morn is bright and fresh,
the birds are darting by
As if they loved to breast the breeze
that sweeps the cool clear sky."

  -William C. Bryant 

Acadia National Park

 "Lean on, trust in,
and be confident in
the Lord
with all your heart
and mind
and do not rely
on your own insight
or understanding.
In all your ways,
recognize and 
acknowledge Him
and He will direct
and make straight and plain
your paths."
Proverbs 3:5-6 

Sing to the Lord a joyful song,
Lift up your hearts, your voices raise;
To us His gracious gifts belong,
To Him our songs of love and praise.

For life and love, for rest and food,
For daily help and nightly care,
Sing to the Lord, for He is good,
And praise His Name, for it is fair.

For strength to those who on Him wait,
His truth to prove, His will to do,
Praise ye our God, for He is great,
Trust in His Name, for it is true.

For joys untold, that from above
Cheer those who love His sweet employ,
Sing to our God, for He is love,
Exalt His Name, for it is joy.

For He is Lord of Heav’n and earth,
Whom angels serve and saints adore,
The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
To Whom be praise forevermore.
"Sing To The Lord A Joyful Song"
- John S. B. Monsell
Hymns of Love and Praise

 Great Smoky Mountains
National Park
North Carolina

Over the shoulders and slopes of the dune
I saw the white daisies go down to the sea,
A host in the sunshine, an army in June,
The people God sends us to set our hearts free.

The bobolinks rallied them up from the dell,
The orioles whistled them out of the wood;
And all of their singing was,

 "Earth, it is well!"
And all of their dancing was,

 "Life, thou art good!"
Bliss Carman

Pretty daises by the sea 
in Newfoundland

Summer Moonrise

Monday, June 1, 2015

June: Sand & Star Dust

"I wonder what it would be like
 to live in a world where it was always June."
-  L. M. Montgomery

Summer Roses
Conrad Kiesel

"Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy
Sunshine in my eyes can make me cry
Sunshine on the water looks so lovely
Sunshine almost always makes me high..."

-John Denver

June Sunshine
Joseph DeCamp

"We'll sing in the sunshine
We'll laugh every day
We'll sing in the sunshine
And I'll be on my way..."
-Gale Garnett

Children On The Beach
Corrine Hartley

"And now the purple dusk at twilight time,
Steals across the meadows of my heart..."
-Hoagy Carmichael

Milky Way Over Three Sisters Monument
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Oljato-Monument Valley, Arizona

"Tonight, Tonight,
The world is full of light,
With suns and moons all over the place..."
-Leonard Bernstein
"West Side Story"

Moonrise at  Little Cedar Spirit Tree
Grand Portage, Minnesota