Keri Recommends

Thoughts on Poetry, Books, and Life

Poetry Friday: Mississippi Book Festival

It’s time to celebrate Poetry Friday! Heidi is hosting at My Juicy Little Universe. Today at Keri Recommends, I recommend connecting with poets and lovers of poetry. This past Saturday, I attended the 2nd Annual Mississippi Book Festival at the Capitol in Jackson. Billed as a literary lawn party, the festival organizers brought a wide […]

Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Each year for my job, I set a goal to read one book per quarter on a particular topic. This year’s topic is creativity, and so far I’ve read Big Magic & A Curious Mind. This quarter I read Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, copyright 1997. Here is a […]

Poetry Friday & Poem Swap Treasures from Mary Lee

It’s Poetry Friday! Dori welcomes us with deep breaths and deep thoughts at Dori Reads. This week I am sharing another OLW-inspired poem, this time from Mary Lee Hahn. Isn’t it marvelous? Isn’t SHE marvelous? The photo matches perfectly, and I love seeing scenery so different from our Deep South landscape. Thanks to Mary Lee […]

Poetry Friday & a Summer Swap Treasure

  Thank you, Jone, for this wonderful poem! Jone tells me it is a shadorma, which follows this syllabic pattern*: 3 5 3 3 7 5 *except, she confessed, dandelion has 4 syllables. “Oops!” she said. To which I replied, “Not in the South. Folks ’round here call ’em “danduh-lines!” Problem solved. My friend Margaret […]

Mirror Monday Quote by Sir Francis Bacon

“The human understanding is like a false mirror, which, receiving rays irregularly, distorts and discolors the nature of things by mingling its own nature with it.” ~ Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626) in Novum Organum, aphorism 41 You can read more about Bacon’s theories about human understanding and what hinders it here. Bacon was a proponent […]