Paul Revere’s Ride

January 6, 2021

American Legends

this story comes from American Folklore and Legend by Reader’s Digest…these are not my words, some of you may have read or heard this before, but considering what the US and the world is going through at the moment, I felt it was appropriate.

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Listen, my children, and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere
On the eighteenth of April in ’75
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers the famous day
…and year [March
He said to his friend, “If the British
By land or sea from the town tonight
Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch
Of the North Church tower as a signal light
One, if by land, and two if by sea
And I on the opposite shore will be
Ready to ride and spread alarm
Through every Middlesex village and farm
For the country folk to be up and to arm
Then he said, “Good night” and
with muffled oar
Silently rowed to the Charlestown shore
Meanwhile, his friend, through alley and street
Wanders and watches with eager ears
till in the silence around him he hears
The muster of men at the barrack door
The sound of arms, and the tramp of feet
And the measured tread of the grenadiers
Marching down to their boats on the shore
Then he climbed the tower of the Old North Church
By the wooden stairs, with stealthy tread
To the belfry chamber overhead
By the trembling ladder, steep and tall
To the highest window in the wall
When he paused to listen and look down
A moment on the roofs of the town
And the moonlight flowing over all
A moment only he feels the spell
Of the lonely belfry and the dead
For suddenly all his thoughts are bent
On a shadowy something far away
Where the river widens to meet the bay
A line of black that bends and floats
On the rising tide, like a bridge of boats
Meanwhile, impatient to mount and ride
Booted and spurred, with a heavy stride
On the opposite shore walked Paul Revere
Now he patted his horses side
Now he gazed at the landscape far and near
Then, impetuous, stamped the earth
And turned and tightened his saddle girth
But mostly he watched with eager search
The belfry tower of the Old North Church
As it rose above the graves on the hill
Lonely and spectral and somber and still
And lo! as he looks, on the belfry’s height
A glimmer, and then a gleam of light
He springs to the saddle, the bridle he turns
But lingers and gazes, till full on the sight
A second lamp in the belfry burns!
A hurry of hoofs in a village street
A shape in the moonlight, a bulk in the dark
And beneath, from the pebbles, in passing, a spark
Struck out by by a steed flying fearless and fleet
That was all! And yet, through the gloom and the light
The fate of a nation was riding that night
And the spark struck out by that steed, in his flight
Kindled the land into flame with its heat
It was twelve by the village clock
When he crossed the bridge into Medford town
He heard the calling of the clock
And the barking of the farmer’s dog
And felt the damp of the river fog
That rises after the sun goes down
It was one by the village clock
When he galloped into Lexington
He saw gilded weathercock
Swim in the moonlight as he passed
In the meeting house windows, blank and bare
Gaze at him with a special glare
As if they already stood aghast
At the bloody work they would look upon
It was two by the village clock
when he came to the bridge of Concord town…
And one was safe and asleep in his bed
And who at the bridge would be first to fall
Who that day would be lying dead
Pierced by British musket-ball
You know the rest in the books you read
How the British regulars fired and fled
How the farmers gave them ball for ball
From behind each fence and farmyard wall
Chasing the redcoats down the lane
Then crossing the fields to emerge again
Under the trees at the turn of the road
And only pausing to fire and load
So through the night rode Paul Revere
And so through the night went his cry of alarm
To every Middlesex village and farm
A cry of defiance and not of fear
A voice in the darkness, a knock at the door
And a word that shall echo for evermore!
For, borne on the night wind of the Past
Through all our history, to the last
In the hour of darkness and peril and need
The people will waken and listen to hear
The hurrying of hoofbeats of that steed
And the midnight message of Paul Revere.

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Paul Revere wasn’t the only one to ride out that night to warn that the British were coming. William Dawes, also made the ride, and at Lexington Samuel Prescott joined in. Dawes and Revere were arrested near Concord.

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hope is like a spider web

January 6, 2021

picture of the day

a web is weaved
taken October 22, 2020
f-stop: f/9; exposure time: 1/100sec; ISO 3200
focal length 55mm
edited in PhotoShop
available at Picfair

“There is ceaseless charm
to be found in the home of Mother Nature.
As she dusts with snow
even cobwebs sparkle in her magic.”

~ Angie Weiland – Crosby

nature’s highway 1

an abstract of a spider web with the words “nature’s highway”


dance your dreams alive
create from your hearts bliss
weave the web you want to live

~ unknown ~

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Spider Superstitions

Seeing a spider is usually a lucky sign, most often associated with money and protection. If you wish to thrive, let the spider go alive. Conversely, money will be lost if the spider dies.

~ unknown ~


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finding calm in the chaos

January 5, 2020

~ this is a rather long read, for me, just to forewarn you; at this point it’s 972 words, but I think it’s a pretty easy read…

My thoughts for today

I was going to take the time and show you some of the first photos I took this year, but, as I knew would probably happen, I got to working on one photo and that was the end of the story. I only allowed myself an hour to work… The one below, turned into a project in and of itself. I knew when I took the photo, I could play with it, but I didn’t think it would turn out the way it did. Not really…


The original photo was taken January 1, 2021, with my LG cell phone camera. We had an ice storm, and of course, I had to go out and take photos.

Looking at the original photo above, I see what looks like could be the sun peeking out from behind dark clouds, or maybe an opening into another galaxy…what do you see?

Anyway, it’s no surprise that while playing with this photo, I came up with the images I did…


pathway into the chaos


you must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star

~ unknown

a dancing star


All of the photos will eventually be available somewhere…when this happens, I will let you know. If you follow me on twitter, they automatically show up there. There may be more, as I’ve got 5 more variations of the “birth” photos to work on. The photo directly above is a “transformation” or crop of the “chaos” photo that I had put through the polar coordinates filter in PhotoShop.

finding calm in the chaos

I know I said I was going to do an over view of the last year, and I haven’t forgotten. I’m trying ever so hard to keep in the present, so looking back at the past isn’t conducive for me at the moment. There have been some really trying times in the past year, I know I’m not the only one.

So, instead I’m going to provide links to some of my most popular posts from the last year…

Sunshine Blogger Award January 29, 2020, with 151 views
Sunshine Blogger Award July 17, 2020, with 149 views
my name is Max: Holly has cancer June 24, 2020 with 135 views
life is beautiful March 8, 2020, with 116 views
one minute of patience, ten years of peace October 11, 2020 with a 104 views

Her secret is patience

my top 2 posts of all time …

Black and White Dragonfly November 5, 2019, with 217 views

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Black and White Dragonfly has held the top spot for over a year, at least as long as I’ve actively been keeping track

Did you know that today will never be tomorrow? November 16, 2019, with 201 views

I’m not sure exactly what the future holds for Holly’s World, but I do know that I’m not going anywhere. I do plan on continuing “fun with words”, Legends”, “picture of the day”, “picture of the week”, and “Sunday’s Inspiration”. May not be on a set schedule, but I will do my best to make sure “fun with words” and “legends” happens every week. I’ve been thinking about sharing more of my personal story (cancer, raising a son as a single parent, for example)…it could be a bit painful, as I have tucked some of that back into the shadows. But at the same time, everything I have gone through has brought me to this place and time. So maybe what I’ll do is pull a certain photo and just talk. Might be the best thing… or way, instead of planning everything out.

“Each moment of the year has its own beauty…
a picture which was never before and shall never be seen again.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I do plan on getting out more over the next year…not shopping or anything like that. I’m done sitting at home and letting the government tell me when and where I can go. Even here where I live, they’re trying to tell us to wear a mask all the time, indoors and out, whether or not you’re alone or with a group of people. I, personally, just don’t get that. Wearing a mask 24 hours a day, 7 days a week isn’t good for you – unless you’re wearing a special mask, it can do more harm than good. But I’m not getting into all that, not right now. You need to do what’s best for you and your family.
I also plan on having yard sales, with the proper precautions, getting rid of some of the junk that’s been piling up (real junk like old mattresses and box springs, broken tv’s, and other junk that is no good), and fixing the place up as I can. I’m sure there will be stories…

Kalimba says “don’t put a mask on me!”
My poor baby, passed away June 25, 2020

I plan on getting out, going hiking, road trips, fishing – whatever I can, as long as the weather permits. I did manage a little bit last year, but not as much as I had hoped.


What the Fact?

January 5, 1825: Alexander Dumas, the French author known for his sword dueling epics The Man In The Iron Mask and The Three Musketeers was no great duelist himself. On this day, the 22 year old won his first and only sword fight because his opponent tripped over a tree root and fell backwards into the snow, causing him to surrender. Dumas was unhurt, but left the fight with a deep psychological scar: His belt buckle broke during the fight, causing his pants to fall down.

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where ever you may be!
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Here you leave today
and enter the world
of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy

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if you believe in me, I’ll believe in you

January 5, 2021

“If you believe in me, I’ll believe in you” ~ Alice In Wonderland

picture of the day

Chinese Lantern Plant
taken October 2, 2020
f-stop: f/9; exposure time:1/100sec; ISO 3200
focal length 37mm
edited in PhotoShop
available at Picfair

“Winter knits her forest with frost,
as the wind chimes of dreams once lost”

~ Angie Weiland-Crosby

you know it’s love. . .

a close up image of a brown, dying rose
with the words “you know it’s love. . .”

“A beautiful heart can bring things into your life
that all the money in the world couldn’t obtain”

~ Author Dau Voire

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“When you change the way you look at things
the things you look at change”

~ Wayne Dyer


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what you are is beautiful!

January, 4, 2020

picture of the day

black and white flowers
original taken March 4, 2020
f-stop: 5.6; exposure time: 1/250sec; ISO 100
focal length 53mm
edited in PhotoShop

“The most beautiful thing in the world
is of course
the world itself”

~ Wallace Stevens

always beautiful

an image of white fluff clinging to a plant in the garden
with the words “that which is loved is always beautiful”

(not copyrighted)

Don’t let the ugly in others
kill the beauty in you

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Welcome January

January is a time of quiet and new beginnings
is the perfect time to reflect on how you want to live your life
January is the perfect time to refocus
on your priorities and set goals

(Think Positive Words)

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black caterpillar

January 3, 2021

This is a rarity – for me – two on a Sunday!
But I just had to share!

I found this little guy – or gal – yesterday, Saturday, January 2, 2021 – while out splitting wood with my boyfriend. Actually, we had finished up and were covering the wood back up because it’s raining today.

You know the meaning of black woolly bears, right? The saying goes that the bigger the black stripe on the caterpillar the harsher the winter is going to be…but what about an all black caterpillar?
I looked it up… they’re are different “types” of woolly bear caterpillars, the one above is a Giant Leopard Caterpillar, the one below is the woolly bear or banded caterpillar. The caterpillar above doesn’t predict winter conditions!

Woolly Bear Caterpillars…

  • also known as Woolly bears, woolly worm, and fuzzy worm
  • Isabella tiger moth/Pyrrharctia isabella (scientific name)
Woolly Bear Caterpillar (Pyrrharctia isabella)
(not my image)
  • also known as the banded woolly bear
  • there are at least eight species or types of woolly bears
Isabella Tiger Moth
(not my image)
Isabella Tiger Moth
  • lives in the United States and southern Canada
  • formally named by James Edward Smith in 1797
  • adult moth only lives one or two weeks (wikipedia)
  • often has black segments on either end, and rust colored in the middle
  • all black woolly caterpillars aren’t actually the woolly bears that predict the weather, it’s a different species
  • if the rusty band is wide, it will be a mild winter; the more black there is, the harsher the winter

So, the caterpillar I found isn’t the woolly bear that predicts winter weather, it could have fooled me! It is actually a Giant Leopard caterpillar…

Full-grown giant woolly bear, (Hypercompe scribonia (Stoll 1790)
(not my image)
  • a different species or type of woolly bears
(my image)
  • adult male moths can reach about 51 mm (2 in) in length, while the adult female grows up to 30 mm (1.2 in)
Figure 5. Giant leopard moth, Hypercompe scribonia (Stoll 1790), adult, dorsal view. Photograph by Donald W. Hall, University of Florida.
great leopard moth
  • both caterpillars will over winter, completing their development in the spring
  • caterpillars are the larvae of the moths and butterflies
  • one or two broods each year (lay eggs) depending on where they happen to live
Giant leopard moth, Hypercompe scribonia (Stoll 1790), pupa with last instar larval exuviae (shed exoskeleton)
pupa with last instar larval exuviae (shed exoskeleton)

Some sites that I looked at say that the Giant Leopard Caterpillar is the weather predictor, this just isn’t true. The banded one is the weather predictor… the black caterpillar I found yesterday stays like that all year.

Like I mentioned earlier, the black bands of the banded woolly bear, predict the winter weather…the more rust color their is, the milder the winter. The lengths of the bands can also predict the type of winter:

  • equal black on either end = the start and finish of the season will be rough, the middle not so bad
  • longer or wider band in the front = harsher start to winter
  • longer band in the back = harsher end to winter
  • if there isn’t much rust color = harsher than normal most of the way through
  • the lengths of the black bands on the woolly/banded caterpillar actually depends on the amount of moisture it receives

Although the caterpillar I found looks like a woolly bear, and technically it is, it’s not the one we look to for winter weather conditions. After taking two photos of my new little friend, I stuck him back out in the garden and covered him with some leaves. I’m sure he’ll find a good place to over winter. Maybe I’ll find his cocoon sometime!

caterpillar spirit animal affirmation:
I believe in my life changing adventure


  • images that are not mine are by Donald Hall, unless other wise noted

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“The caterpillar grows wings during a season of isolation. Remember that the next time you’re alone.”

~ Mandy Hale


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creativity is intelligence having fun

January 3, 2021

Sunday’s Inspiration

“The creative mind plays
with objects it loves”

~ Carl Jung

Being an artist means forever healing your own wounds and at the same time endlessly exposing them. Read these 5 Creativity Quotes to Inspire You to Create Without Limitations. #heal #healing #artist #artquotes

Being an artist means forever healing your own wounds and at the same time endlessly exposing them.

~ Annette Messager


creative minds inspire others

“I begin with an idea,
then it becomes something else.”

~ Pablo Picasso

“Creativity is contagious
pass is on”
~ Albert Einstein

Creative Pause

“Creative people need time to just sit around and do nothing”

~ Austin Kleon

~ this is so me

feed your creative soul

Build your own dreams
or someone will hire you to build theirs

“In every job that must be done
there is an element of fun”

~ Mary Poppins

Look for the bare necessities
The simple bare necessities
Forget about your worries and your strife
I mean the bare necessities
Are Mother Nature’s recipes
That bring the bare necessities of life

~ Baloo, The Jungle Book


When you find out you can live without it
go along not thinking about it

~ The Jungle Book

“Let your heart guide you
It whispers, so listen closely”

~ Littlefoots mother
(The Land before Time)

“It was worth it
if you learned something from it”

~ The Sword In The Stone

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“Sometimes the right path
is not the easiest one”

~ Grandmother Willow

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