Friday, March 20, 2009

the spring time of life

I found this vintage brochure among the old postcards saved by my grandmother. Some sweet words for spring and excellent advice on living life to the fullest, coupled with an antique comparison of the heart to a wireless station........

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a re-creation of the Lizard wireless station c. 1900
photo by Bobby Lyman







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15 comments:

Marie Reed said...

I'm glad that the wires of my heart are in proper working order! My soul is a bit wrinkled though:)

MuseSwings said...

Lovely commentary about youth! Happy PFF!

Don't Feed The Pixies said...

Who was it that said that youth is wasted on the young?

Maybe we realise that we didn't take the advantage of it and keep looking, or maybe youth really is a state of mind. I've known people in their 70s and 80s who could still be described as young

Chris Overstreet said...

There's a ham radio station in my heart? No wonder my pacemaker is giving me trouble! ;)

Darlene said...

I love this post card and am especially taken by paragraph four about the love of wonder. When we stop being amazed at the beauty of our universe, the birth of a child, the stars in the eyes of children at Christmas we are old. Not only old in years, but in spirit and that is much worse.

Janeen said...

Happy PFF! This is my first time visiting your blog and I love, love, love your card today. The poem is so right on. Reminds me of days gone by when we need them to be ever present today. I look forward to visiting your blog again, have a great day!

Lisa Allender said...

Lovely, Lydia. "Lovely Lydia"...this should be your moniker.
btw, be sure to click on over to Lisa Allender Writes. Scroll down to read a post which directly affects YOU, Lydia(it's a surprise!)! Peace, woman.

Looking to the Stars said...

I loved every word, thank you for sharing :)

Lydia said...

@Marie- Aw, that would only be temporary, though. Your enthusiasm will return in no time!

@MuseSwings- Good to have you here. Happy PFF to you. :)

@Pixies- Yeah, it's not altogether an incorrect old saying. I've also known some kids who seemed aged, and that's really sad.

@Chris Overstreet- Yikes, I hadn't thought of it that way!

@Darlene- I loved that paragraph too....the phrase "star-like things and thoughts" is really original and touching.

@Janeen- Thank you so much for your comments and your energy on PFF. I'm glad you enjoyed this! I'll be by your blog to say hello soon.

@Lisa- O, you are so sweet and thoughtful. I love my award! It means soooo much to me. (((hug)))

@Looking to the Stars- You are most welcome; thanks most of all for being here. :)

Buddha said...

Just when I was getting happy with being old!
I don’t have a problem with my software; it is the hardware that is failing me.
( to keep up the technological theme :) )

Lydia said...

@Buddha- Ah, but I think one of the keys to staying "young" is not hating the age you really are. Clever the way you maintained the technological theme, and I'm trying to think of a techy way of saying we need to exercise the hardware but it just isn't coming tonight! Have a great weekend. :)

Citizen of Earth said...

And so each spring is not just spring to me
Each spring is unique
As each day is unique
I am not lulled by cycle or pattern
Into a false sense of stasis

I find something new in each new season, each new day
Oppertunity, realization, understanding

Not simply rebirth
But birth itself

And this sustains me
Heart
Mind
And spirit

Erin Davis said...

What a treasure! Thanks so much for sharing. Makes me think I have a few wrinkles on my soul, too. Nothing that can't be smoothed out, though...

distracted by shiny objects said...

Isn't it odd how we find generations in the past to still be so "spot on" about life?? This pamphlet is simply so true. Love the connection of the heart to the "wireless." Something about it nags my brain about a Rachel Carson quote...it may come to me. Or not:>)

Lydia said...

@Citizen of Earth- So beautiful, as your poem-comments always are. I think of Spring in terms of birth (not rebirth) as you do. This line, however, gave me pause for thought....and I thank you:
I am not lulled by cycle or pattern
Into a false sense of stasis
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@Erin- I'm so glad you also thought it's a treasure. It has made me evaluate my own enthusiasm since reading/posting it. :)

@Distracted- Yes, this one really stands up and announces that what it has to say is both relevant and prescient. Let me know if you recall the relation to Carson, as I'm curious.

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