Tunes for a Monday Morning
In the lull between storms

The Book of Snow, 2

East of the Sun, West of the Moon by Kay Nielsen

The fairy tale journey

The Snow Queen by Charles Robinson

The animal guide

At woodland's edge

Snow White by Trina Schart Hyman

Beauty and the Beast by Angela Barrett

The gate into Story

“Love life first, then march through the gates of each season; go inside nature and develop the discipline to stop destructive behavior; learn tenderness toward experience, then make decisions based on creating biological wealth that includes all people, animals, cultures, currencies, languages, and the living things as yet undiscovered; listen to the truth the land will tell you; act accordingly.”  - Gretel Ehrlich (from The Future of Ice: A Journey into Cold)

“We keep each other alive with our stories. We need to share them, as much as we need to share food. We also require for our health the presence of good companions. One of the most extraordinary things about the land is that it knows this—and it compels language from some of us so that as a community we may converse about this or that place, and speak of the need.” ― Barry Lopez

Gerda by A.W. Bayes Fairy tale illustrations above: "East of the Sun, West of the Moon" by Kay Nielsen (1886-1957), "The Snow Queen" by Charles Robinson (1870-1937), "Snow White" by Trina Schart Hyman (1939-2004), "Beauty and the Beast" by Angela Barrett, and "The Snow Queen" by A.W. Bayes (1832-1909).


Oh my goodness, the Gretel Ehrlich quote is the perfect new year's resolution. I am printing it out and putting up above my desk.

I just received her book 'This Cold Heaven: Seven Seasons in Greenland' as a Solstice present. This is the perfect time of year to read it. Barry Lopez's Artic Dreams which I read years ago is one my touchstone books.

We've had snow up our way too. It makes farm work and school runs harder but I still love it. I'm like Tilly, I'd happily be out in it all day.

Beautiful images, beautiful words. Thankyou. ox

Oh Terri, what beautiful photos, what beautiful snow illustrations! Being a coastal California girl, I have little experience with snow in wild places (though I did live on the east coast for college)-- this is pure magic. I marvel at the animals who happily make their nests and hunt their breakfasts out in its white shimmering coldness.

I love the Barry Lopez quote about the land actually compelling stories from us, because it KNOWS we need them. This reminds me of some of Martin Shaw's work and ideas-- he is here in Point Reyes, and I'm going to a workshop! Hooray! Warm wintery regards to you- Sylvia

I love winter!! Your photos are gorgeous. Thanks! The illustrations are great and hard for me to pick a favorite. :-)

Beauty pictures pinned together with wonderful storytellers. Thank you, especially for this reminder about wealth:
"then make decisions based on creating biological wealth that includes all people, animals, cultures, currencies, languages, and the living things as yet undiscovered; listen to the truth the land will tell you; act accordingly..."

All magical. I always loved the feeling that I got from The Snow Queen--something distant, alien and strange, and perilous as winter. But my favorite, favorite illustration is of Beauty and the Beast, a story I love that touches me deeply.

A wonderful journey... beautiful snow-laden trees, and Tilly on the snow white moor. I'm off on snowy wanderings with all these lovely illustrations.

When I first saw Beauty and the Beast I thought I was looking at a bleary beast from the wonderful
film, Beasts Of The Southern Wild. Then, I did see Beauty and realized my mistake. All the fairy tales
in rich and wondrous. I do miss snow in Oregon but I will always have memories and fairy

beautiful celebration of winter, two favorite writers, too.

Please send my regards to Martin Shaw! He doesn't know me, but we're fellow Dartmoor dwellers...and we no doubt have some friends in common in this small (but also large) world of myth.

I love it too, and Angela Barrett's version is one of my very favorites.

I'm dying to see Beats of the Southern Wild. I've got the DVD on comes out here in early February. The trailer looks amazing.

I think it is an instant classic. It is mythic and compassionate. It brings out the child in me
and the story behind how it was made is amazing. Just all my favorite kinds of art and

I will! I've already given him the regards of Tom, Rima and Sharon Blackie, so yours will fit right in! :) I saw him tell a tale a couple weeks back and, wowee, it was brilliant. Made me as happy as the first time I really SAW coyote tracks in the sand.

Inspring post! I love the illustrations.I remember being rally frightened by the story of the snow queen when I was little!

My mother-in-law writes:

"Snow is to me a perfect part of nature. It is tranquility, and fun. When the boys were little we had such snow in Gloucestershire that it reached the tops of the hedges. The milk and bread was brought into the village by sledge. Friends had to walk five miles to buy food and we were cut off for several weeks. This is the natural world which we have lost sight of. I really love the snow."

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