Thursday, January 17, 2019
“Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
When this blazing sun is gone,
When he nothing shines upon,
Then you show your little light,
Twinkle, twinkle through the night.
Then the traveller in the dark
Thanks you for your tiny spark;
He could not see where to go,
If you did not twinkle so.
In the dark blue sky you keep,
And often through my curtains peep,
For you never shut your eye
Till the sun is in the sky.
As your bright and tiny spark
Lights the traveller in the dark,
Though I know not what you are,
Twinkle, twinkle little star.”
~ “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”
“Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” is a popular English lullaby. The lyrics are from an early 19th century English poem by Jane Taylor, “The Star.” The poem, which is in couplet form, was first published in 1806 in “Rhymes for the Nursery,” a collection of poems by Taylor and her sister Ann. It is sung to the tune of the French melody “Ah! Vous dirai-je, Maman,” which was published in 1761 and later arranged by several composers including Mozart with Twelve Variations on “Ah vous dirai-je, Maman.” The English lyrics have five stanzas, although only the first is widely known. This song is usually performed in the key of C major. The song is in the public doman, and has many adapations around the world.
I found this rock painted with the words “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star I Hope You Know How Loved You Are,” a twist on the well-known “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” as it brightened a January day at Trexler Memorial Park, Allentown, Pennsylvania.
This painted rock is likely part of the The Kindness Rocks Project, which was founded by Megan Murphy of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, who wanted to spread encouraging messages to strangers by writing them on rocks she found on the beach. The practice spread and launched similar projects across the United States.
The grassroots project encourages people to leave rocks painted with inspiring messages along the path of life. People are encouraged to take one, share one or add to the pile. You can see just how much impact she’s made when looking up #TheKindnessRocksProject. Learn more about how to join the movement at .
Sunday, January 13, 2019
“Nothing behind me,
Everything ahead of me,
As is ever so on the road.”
~ Jack Kerouac
~ “On The Road”
Standing near the Lehigh Valley Zoo at Trexler Nature Preserve, Schnecksville, Pennsylvania offers a beautiful late winter vista overlooking the historic Schlicher Covered Bridge in North Whitehall Township.
Game Preserve Road runs through the bridge, painting a picturesque rural landscape on a March afternoon.
Schlicher’s is an historic wooden covered bridge. It is a 108-foot-long, Burr Truss bridge that crosses the Jordan Creek and was constructed in 1882. It has vertical plank siding and a gable roof. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, and was closed for a time for needed renovations.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
“I’d like to buy the world a home
And furnish it with love
Grow apple trees and honey bees
And snow white turtle doves.
I’d like to teach the world to sing
In perfect harmony
I’d like to buy the world a Coke
And keep it company
That’s the real thing.
What the world wants today
Is the real thing.”
~ “Buy The World A Coke”
~ famous Coca-Cola jingle circa 1971
The snow atop a Coca-Cola concession trailer gives a new flavor to the term “Ice Cold Coca-Cola” on a late winter day in early March at Trexler Nature Preserve, Schnecksville, Pennsylvania.
“I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)” is a pop song that originated as the jingle “Buy the World a Coke” in the groundbreaking 1971 “Hilltop” television commercial for Coca-Cola. “Buy the World a Coke” was produced by Billy Davis and portrayed a positive message of hope and love, featuring a multicultural collection of teenagers on top of a hill appearing to sing the song. “Buy the World a Coke” repeated “It’s the real thing” as Coca-Cola’s marketing theme at the time. Coca-Cola introduced that slogan in October 1969.
Coca-Cola, often referred to simply as Coke, is a carbonated soft drink produced by The Coca-Cola Company of Atlanta, Georgia. Originally intended as a patent medicine, it was invented by Confederate Colonel John Pemberton and introduced May 8, 1886.