I once beheld on earth celestial graces
And heavenly beauties scarce to mortals known,
Whose memory yields nor joy nor grief alone,
But all things else in cloud and dreams effaces.
I saw how tears had left their weary traces
Within those eyes that once the sun outshone,
I heard those lips, in low and plaintive moan,
Breathe words to stir the mountains from their places.
Love, wisdom, courage, tenderness, and truth
Made in their mourning strains more high and dear
Than ever wove soft sounds for mortal ear;
And heaven seemed listening in such saddest ruth
The very leaves upon the bough to soothe,
Such sweetness filled the blissful atmosphere.
Translated by Thomas Wentworth Higginson (1903)
Photo: Courtesy of Annie Spratt / Unsplash
To all Christians who celebrate Christmas according to the Gregorian (New) Calendar we wish the very best for Christmas!
most robust element, of the five basic ones, is Wood. The element of Wood shows
its sturdiness in the growth of grass through a concrete slab, in the steadfastness
of conifers on the top of a windy, icy mountain, and in the seeds that crack in
the sun and heat and give new life.
is a symbol of new beginnings and unwavering perseverance, but also
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Interview – Laura Blumenthal
Author: Natasa Dinic
Laura Blumenthal is a polyglot who speaks
six languages. She is an English language educator and a teacher trainer at
Douglas College, in New Westminster, BC. She has lived and worked in the U.S., Germany,
Turkey, and Canada. She is currently learning Serbian and Russian, and is
active on the Polyglots Facebook group.
We spoke with Laura about what is means
to be a polyglot and how much richer her personal and professional life has
been as a result.
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The world is constantly on the move and everything movable moves
together with it. With the ceaseless unfolding of new chapters of life, the
human race is moving, slowly but surely, into online reality with everything it
Two years ago, when I replaced almost all traditional classes of
teaching Serbian language as a foreign language with online teaching, I didn’t
dream that the time would soon come, when this would become just about the only
Continue reading “A Reflection on an Excerpt from a Diary of Teaching Serbian as a Foreign Language Online”
The great thing
is not having
a mind. Feelings:
oh, I have those; they
govern me. I have
a lord in heaven
called the sun, and open
for him, showing him
the fire of my own heart, fire
like his presence.
What could such glory be
if not a heart? Oh my brothers and sisters,
were you like me once, long ago,
before you were human? Did you
to open once, who would never
open again? Because in truth
I am speaking now
the way you do. I speak
because I am shattered.
Painting by Ana Moravic-Balkanski, 10 years old
October 2020, Vancouver, Canada