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Hidden Treasures


My husband and I often drive without any particular destination in mind. Last weekend our excursion brought us to a very interesting spot off of Route 46 on Budd Lake. I took some photographs when I heard from a distance someone asking us if we were tourists. I found his comment amusing given the fact we live about 25 miles away. But I guess we did look like tourists as I was carrying my camera bag and holding my Nikon camera fitted with a telescopic lens.

The person was paddling a small canoe across the lake and another person looked like he was getting his gear ready for a beautiful sunny day of fishing. For all we know they could have been the owners or gatekeeper of the property. The castle is now Pax Amicus Theater. Frankly I never heard of it before but very happy we found it. The theater was founded in 1970 and according to Wikipedia “This community theater produces a full year-round season of Broadway and off-Broadway revivals, professional productions of works by Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe, a program devoted to children’s theater, and special events throughout the year.” The most curious find of all was the various statutes dedicated to different people. It seemed surreal to me that along Budd Lake there would be a castle. “The Castle was built in the 1940s as a cinderblock synagogue. Later, it was owned by the Knights of Columbus. In 1978, it was turned into a theatre through the addition of a small stage house, two cinderblock turrets out front, and a fake-gothic facade. It sits at the end of a winding road on the shores of Budd Lake, perhaps 30 miles from Pennsylvania, and is surely one of the damnedest things one will ever run across. A sign over the front door reads “Pax Amicus”-“Peace, Friend.” I would love to know more about the people mentioned on the plaques. As a child this kind of place fascinated me. I suppose it still does. I hope that someone recognizes this hidden treasure and could give us more information. And if you never knew about it, you need to check it out some time.

Statue in front of Amicus Castle

Statue at Memorial Park in BUDD lakeeither thinking or cryingGeorge Stults PlaquePax Amicus Theater 2Pax Amicus Theater

Happy Anniversary to Poemattic!


It has been two years since I joined WordPress and the fascinating world of blogging. The experience has been most gratifying and I have been inspired by so many of my followers and readers. I am proud to be among such profound thinkers, peacemakers, lovers of the arts, photographers, and all others who share their day-to-day experiences and the rigors of life.

I have cried with a few of you during hard times the loss of love ones. I have laughed out loud with some of you at the wittiest comments and posts. I have been mesmerized by the creative art work and photography that transports the soul and the imagination to other realms. Thanks to my community of bloggers and to all my followers for what will be very memorable memories.

My life has changed for the better. I follow some pretty interesting bloggers who not only offer a fresh perspective on things but also open new pathways to joy and fulfillment. The blogging experience has given me a quiet refuge to speak from my heart and opportunities to help me check and reevaluate my poetry, my purpose and what really matters.

I think I am ready to reach out for some bold goals. I have submitted several manuscripts for publication. I never had the confidence to do that before. I will accept rejection if I am turned down but I am also thinking I may self publish. Time will tell. I will be still and patient in the now waiting for the moment that will be.

My baby grandson is teaching me some valuable lessons about unconditional love, patience and the simple pleasures of life. He marvels at the simplest things. He relishes every moment with just himself. He listens in attention when the birds sing and the dog barks and delights with the caress of his tender chubby cheeks. The amazing world of new wonders and discovery is heart warming. These few months with him and my six-year-old grandson inspired me to write more poetry for children.

So thanks to all of you for your support and inspiration. Happy Blogging and may poetry always be a source of happiness. Celebrate with me today by sending my blog to someone you know, Making a comment and/or by clicking like. 🙂

Melba Christie

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WordPress Blogger’s Quotable Quotes


These are the quotes I want to share with you. There are so many bloggers out there that have such talent and write to lift the spirit. There are many more who are so creative in presenting their photography and other artistic forms of expression. Thanks for sharing your deep thoughts, life’s philosophy and personal experiences. I look forward to reading WordPress bloggers everyday. Happy Blogging

 

From: http://thosesmallmoments.wordpress.com/2012/10/23/listening-to-the-rain/
“The rain’s like this song that we never took the time to listen. A song that frees your mind. A song that makes you feel light and happy but lonely and scared at the same time. A song that touches your soul in a way that you’ll never get to explain (and probably won’t admit). A song that makes you feel at peace with yourself. A song that is made of various rhythms which are harmonized into one long melody. A song that reminds you of immortality and of endless possibilities.”

 
From: http://shoreacres.wordpress.com/2012/10/23/a-reason-to-try/
“This combination of vision and discovery, of seeing and seeking, seems to lead naturally to the essay. It is a different kind of writing, focused on drawing connections, plumbing unsuspected depths, turning the kaleidoscope of words around and around until discovered bits of life, tiny, jewel-like fragments of reality, drop into new and unexpected patterns.”

 

If you want to get a review on a book, you need to check out this blog. 

http://bundleofbooks.org/category/bookshelf/isabel-allende/

“From the moment I opened this book, I was under a spell. And remained so  until the very last page. Isabel Allende’s words are bewitching and I am thankful that I was on holiday when I started, so I could have hours of uninterrupted, beach-reading bliss!”

I love this blog. I do not sew and do not knit, crochet or anything else that involves needles but I grew up watching my mother and my aunt sewing. My daughter takes after them. It is definitely a talent and gift I do not own. My mother-in-law is an artist with needles as well. So to those of you who love to sew this is a great place to get some ideas. The photos show some of my mother-in-law’s talent.

 

 

 

http://agujasblog.com/about/

“Agujas. Needles. I grew up watching my grandmother create beautiful afghans with a single crochet hook and a twist of her hand. I would sit at her side and crochet one long chain after another with her colorful balls of yarn. Years later, I learned to knit, to tejer, but with two agujas and I became entranced by the soothing “click click” rhythm of the needles.”

 

Very true!

From: http://400daystil40.wordpress.com/

Today I was thinking about the fact that we, as people, keep many things locked up in our lives.  We keep physical things locked up and we keep emotional feelings locked up.”

 

Word Press Bloggers Quotes of the Week


 

Word Press Bloggers Quotes of the Week

“When it comes to books and their movie adaptations, I’m with the “Books are Better” team.”
From: http://zenscribbles.wordpress.com/   –  IN WHICH THE AUTHOR RANTS, RAMBLES AND SOMETIMES MAKES SENSE

This blog offers some food for thought. 

 

 

 

“If an email is entitled to Constitutional protection but an unavailable Tweet is not, what exactly is the dividing line that will allow citizens to understand when the Constitution protects their communications?”

 

 

 

 

From: http://somelaw.wordpress.com/2012/08/29/if-you-tell-140-million-people-something-is-that-private/

 

Photo by Melba Christie

“Science can definitely be humanised – whether that is in the anthropomorphic sense, or just in terms of the relevance of an abstract concept to human life. But can science be expressed in a further abstracted form – as art? Science is already abstracted from what we can perceive (as is art), so combining the two implies a double layer of abstraction.”

It is amazing how art illustrates science and science is so artful. This blog has a very interesting perspective.

From: http://anatomyofstory.wordpress.com/2012/08/31/science-and-art/

 

 

From: Zen Habits Blog

“Be present. For some reason, this extremely important skill is never taught to us when
we’re kids. In truth, the younger we are, the more natural this skill is. As we get older, we
start thinking about the future and the past, and the present seems to slip away from us.
Some skills for living in the present would go a long way.”

 

 

 

 

Photo by Melba Christie

 

From: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/nov/03/creative-writing-better-pen-longhand

“I find that writing longhand I can enter a zone of comfort I find hard to achieve when sitting in front of a screen – I find typing annoying, if I’m honest, not the mechanics of it, but the sound.”

 

 

Dear Bloggers,

I am reading many blogs these days. I have come across some fabulous writing and some very soothing poetry. I love science and enjoy finding out about the mysteries of nature. Thank you all for your gifts of thoughts and insight.  I will keep reading and quoting. 

I want to thank those of you who sent me comments and are following me.

Happy Blogging!

Melba Christie

 

 

 

 

Word Press Bloggers Quotes of the Week


 

Quotes of the week:

From: Browsery – http://browsery.tumblr.com/post/29550801505/in-one-sense-reading-is-a-great-waste-of-time-in

“Did I mention supreme joy? That is why I read: I want everything to be okay. That’s why I read when I was a lonely kid and that’s why I read now that I’m a scared adult.

Mary Ruefle (via arkoftheache)”

From: http://xenogirl.com/2012/07/27/a-letter-from-my-future-self/

A Letter from My Future Self

“There is a rare joy in reading the words of my heart in print, bled out in the blackest of ink onto each numbered page. Words that change lives. Words that inspire. Words that can even change the world. This I believe to be true.”

From: http://mahaloness.wordpress.com/

Read http://mahaloness.wordpress.com/2012/08/11/loveliness/

Make sure you love something today.

From: http://scienceknows.wordpress.com/2011/01/11/the-case-for-stargazing/

Science Knows

“There is an intimate and unique connection between the cosmos and the observer when heads are tilted back. No one would mention seeing a celebrity photographed in a magazine, but many text messages would be sent after passing someone famous in the street, or seeing them across a room. It makes them real.’

*I am having such a great time reading my fellow Word Press bloggers. For those of you reading my posts I want to thank you all. Your comments are very much appreciated.

 

WordPress Blogger Quotes of the Week


These are some quotes from blogs I read and find interesting, inspiring and curious.  I will post quotes every week. Please send me your favorite quotes from fellow bloggers on WordPress. 

Fresh and Quotable Quotes From WordPress Bloggers

From: http://thelivingnotebook.wordpress.com/2012/08/05/does-your-writing-pass-the-bechdel-test/

“Thus the “Bechdel Test” was born as a sort of litmus test to find out how much Hollywood directors really cared about their female characters.”

Check out the rest of this post. Writers beware of the “Bechdel Test”.

From: http://playamart.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/spanish-lessons-museum-openings-and-a-tuna-soup-breakfast/

“Speaking of dreams, last night was a Cinderella story for me, as my sleeping quarters were right here in the museum with priceless antiguas! My suite is almost as big as my home on the river, and I awakened this morning with a sweeping sunrise view of Rio Chone!”

As a lover of nature this blog gives me my daily dose of its beauty and diversity.  Melba Christie

From: http://philiad.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/money-can-buy-style-and-also-literary-fantasy-worlds/

“It was when I learned of these secret passages that I decided that the Morgan was not merely a repository of rare books; it is itself a giant, inhabitable novel, a work of fabulous, fictitious fantasy. A three-dimensional Poe tale. A garden of mother-forking paths.”

From: http://michaelseangallagher.org/

Explores and discusses very interesting concepts about structure and composition. Spectacular photographs.

“I also see perpetual depictions of the structure of the future as a race to imprint the future with a particular composition or even direction. I take this view because I am beginning to learn the nature of change. I used to believe that the past happened because it had to happen; that was its only path. This isn’t true; there are millions of potential realities looming in the future.”