Thursday, September 24, 2009


"Autumn Day" by one of my favorite poets.

Lord: it's time. The summer was magnificent.
Lay your shadows upon the sun-dials
and o'er the isles allow your winds to vent.

Command the final fruits to be full and fine;
give them two more days in the southern sun,
push them to completion and then run
the last sweetness through the heavy wine.

He who now has no house, will build one never.
He who is alone, will long so remain,
will awaken, read, lengthy letters pen
and in the lanes will forever restlessly wander, when the leaves are driven.
--Rainer Maria Rilke (tranlated by Doug Sutton)
And in its original German,


Herr: es ist Zeit. Der Sommer war sehr groß.
Leg deinen Schatten auf die Sonnenuhren,
und auf den Fluren laß die Winde los.

Befiel den letzten Früchten voll zu sein;
gib ihnen noch zwei südlichere Tage,
dränge sie zur Vollendung hin und jage
die letzte Süße in den schweren Wein.

Wer jetzt kein Haus hat, baut sich keines mehr.
Wer jetzt allein ist, wird es lange bleiben,
wird wachen, lesen, lange Briefe schreiben
und wird in den Alleen hin und her
unruhig wandern, wenn die Blätter treiben.

---Rainer Maria Rilke

both poems from here

Monday, September 21, 2009

Laura and Michael

The first wedding in our family of four daughters is currently in the planning stages. Laura, our 2nd, is getting married in about 3 months to Michael, the boy she told me she thought she might marry when she first met him at 14. Here are a few of their engagement shots by a dear friend of our family (she took Lydia's senior recital pictures at Pepperdine) and gifted photographer, Rachael. You can see all her amazing work from engagements and weddings to families and portraits at RachaelHopePhotography.

and here's the mother of the bride, yours truly, at the boutique where Laura found the perfect dress!
photo credit: Lydia Supplee