Morning: Nature’s Opening Chapter

Storytelling can take many forms.

Mother Nature tells us a story every morning.

From dawn’s early light to the rising of the sun over William Blake’s green and pleasant land.

It tells of the sun’s life-giving force piercing foreboding forests and bursting onto beaches.

Of birds announcing the start of a new day with their faithful chorus.

Of the beauty of life, awakening to embrace the warm glow of mother nature.

Yes, even the very beginning of each day is a story.

A story with a magnificent opening chapter.

It’s up to us to write the middle and end.

How will you tell your story today?

Edvard Hagerup Grieg (1843 – 1907) was a Norwegian composer and pianist. He is widely considered one of the leading Romantic era composers, and his music is part of the standard classical repertoire worldwide.

The family name, originally spelled Greig, has Scottish origins. Following the Battle of Culloden, fought in the Scottish Highlands in 1746, Grieg’s great-grandfather, Alexander Greig, eventually settled in Norway and opened businesses in Bergen.

Raised in a musical family, Edvard Grieg’s mother was his first piano teacher and taught him to play at the age of six.

Suggestions for your reading and listening pleasure.

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If you enjoyed the music, then why not treat yourself to main course. “Morning Mood” is the first of four movements in Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46 — a composition written by Edvard Grieg for the Peer Gynt five-act play in verse by the Norwegian dramatist Henrik Ibsen. Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites/ Holberg Suite

The Complete Poetry & Prose of William Blake is hailed as the best available text of Blake’s poetry and prose. In its revised version, it includes up-to-date work on variants, chronology of poems and critical commentary by Harold Bloom. It is an  “Approved Edition” of the Center for Scholarly  Editions of the Modern Language Association.

Make the most of each morning with a fresh start and a great attitude. Morning Light: A Book of Meditations to Begin Your Day offers beautifully written bursts of inspiration to help you begin each day with renewed self-confidence and serenity.

David James

David James

A Brit living in the United States, I'm interested in how we can better use technology to learn and collaborate. My interests include history, creativity & innovation, British culture and travel, philosophy in business, and educational technology.

2 thoughts on “Morning: Nature’s Opening Chapter

  • January 16, 2015 at 8:49 pm
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    The WIndhover (by Gerard Manley Hopkins)

    I caught this morning morning’s minion, kingdom of daylight’s dauphin,
    dapple-dawn-drawn Falcon, in his riding of the rolling level
    underneath him steady air, and striding
    High there, how he rung upon the rein of a wimpling wing
    In his ecstasy! then off, off forth on swing,
    As a skate’s heel sweeps smooth on a bowbend: the hurl and gliding
    Rebuffed the big wind. My heart in hiding
    Stirred for a bird, — the achieve of, the mastery of the thing!

    Brute beauty and valour and act, oh, air, pride, plume, here
    Buckle! AND the fire that breaks from thee then, a billion
    Times told lovelier, more dangerous, O my chevalier!

    No wonder of it: sheer plod makes plough down sillion
    Shine, and blue-bleak embers, ah my dear,
    Fall, gall themselves, and gash gold vermillion.

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    • David James
      January 23, 2015 at 12:06 pm
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      Thank you Paul. I grew up in England and always loved seeing Kestrels hovering so effortlessly in mid air.

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