WORTHY QUOTE | Alfred, Lord Tennyson: Ring Out, Wild Bells

An old poem for a new year… A gift from 1850 on the birth of 2017. I am often hesitant to take poetry out of context, for fear of losing the greater meaning and the poet’s original intent. However, I will make an exception this time, as when I re-read this short selection, taken from a much lengthier elegy, … Continue reading


Worthy Books & Things

Love to live  |  Live to learn  |  Learn to love  |  Live loved  |  Lie down  |  Get up  |  Live loved  |  Let go!  |  Learn to live loved  |   Lose control  |  Let God lead  |  Let GOD be God  |  Be yourself  |  Forgive yourself  |  Forgive others  |  Laugh  … Continue reading

WORTHY QUOTE | Margaret Atwood: Literature Q & A

literature quote by Margaret Atwood

“The answers you get from literature depend on the questions you pose.” – Margaret Atwood © Una-Melina 2014.

Advice From The Poet: On Creating Art & Community

Advice from the Poet on Creativity and Community

I came to San Miguel de Allende via Wonderland and Oz… It was at an eclectic gathering comprised of a handful of locals, a few European and North American ex-pats, a fistful of fellow travelers, some missionaries and several artists and authors at a bohemian house party in an artsy community along the Mexican hillside … Continue reading

Writing as Worship

It was in the late decay of August, under the large white VIP tent, backstage at an outdoor music festival that I first saw him in person, a rock artist and poet I had admired for some time.  And as if I knew what I was doing I closed my book and impetuously walked right … Continue reading

GRACE: the Game Changer

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I’m not much of an athlete, or one for competitive sports in general. I don’t mind athletic activities or sports that are just for fun (no points) like swimming, hiking, cycling, scuba diving. When and if I exercise (you know, like on purpose) I prefer the stretching and balancing kind; think yoga, Pilates or big … Continue reading

WORTHY QUOTE | Charlotte Mason: Worthy Books

“Mind appeals to mind and thought begets thought and that is how we become educated. For this reason we owe it to every child to put them in communication with great minds that they may get at great thoughts; with the minds, that is, of those who have left us great works; and the only vital … Continue reading

POETRY | Summer Days of Childhood

Oh the happy days of summer When no learning must take place I am free to roam and ramble At my own desired pace I’ll watch the birds and butterflies While fishing in the stream I’ll listen to the boisterous buzzing of a band of bumblebees Or a symphony of crickets serenade me in the … Continue reading

Worthy Book | Jesus Feminist, Candy and Prayer

Worthy Books and Things

Have you ever read a book that is simply too good to put down? I am currently reading a book that is just that good. And yet I am making myself take it slowly, one small section at a time. It is like savoring a favorite candy.  The kind of candy that is hard to … Continue reading

POETRY | Saturday

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wild watermelon hard candy my favorite flavor tastes like happy to me   like sunshine clear skies and good tunes on long country drives all alone   books filling bookshelves and not checking e-mail both make me smile on the inside   saturday morning coffee with a good friend and fresh air weekends   laughter … Continue reading

BOOKS: Cleaning, Collecting and (Not) Decluttering My Bookshelves

Cleaning, Collecting and NOT Decluttering My Bookshelves

“WHEN I GET A LITTLE MONEY I BUY BOOKS IF THERE IS ANY LEFT OVER I BUY FOOD AND CLOTHES” -Erasmus As I was reading a friend’s social media newsfeed earlier today I came across a blog post she recommended about decluttering. Okay, fine. What struck me about this post was that it was about … Continue reading


Worthy Books and Things

You tie me in your laces   You lock me   in your box   You leave me     in your (homeless) shelter   You lead me   in your (lost) cause   Walking in (your) step You let me pass (at last)   © Una-Melina // Worthy Books & Things, 1995.

POETRY | Forgiveness

Dark words drip like tar (sweet lips hiss) Dumb struck and stuck again Long lines lift from the page Black tracks lead back to me Broken words fall from my fingertips Let slip    my grip Star struck crash the night sky Cosmic collision hard made decision Scattered sands of time Midnight mysteries unclothed  unashamed Cold waves … Continue reading

POETRY | 98.6

Worthy Books and Things POETRY

Here and there I stand shivering from the inside Out of the heart we do not speak Poised and poisoned I’ve tasted your venom Coiled and cooled you’ve swallowed your silence Whispering glances have stolen the secrets Physical phantom this tepid reunion Shadows sweltering in the sun scattered ashes hanging Warm still smoke no longer blazing … Continue reading

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