Advent Reading:: No. 1

"A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse,
and a branch shall grow out of his roots.
The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him,
the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of consel and might,
the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
Hid delight shall be in the fear of the Lord."
Isiah 11:1-3

Last year my mother got me a great book-"Advent and Christmas Wisdom from Henri Nouwen." I'm reading through it during this season of Advent, eagerly, hungrily. It's been long since I eagerly and hungrily read anything devotional, anything that really fed my soul. It's a good place to be, standing on the brink of the liturgical year, I never thought that this would be important to me. I never would have expected that the joyful anticipation of Advent would sink so deeply into me, like a bulb planted deep in the topsoil, roots stretching, groping, inching down towards food and drink. The coming of the shoot out of the stump is a mighty miracle, new green growth burgeoning out of gnarled brown bark, small and unlooked-for, but there, and growing all the time.


Camille said...

speaking of shoots, when are you going to come up to the Presidio and pick (and eat) greens from the house garden?

(thank you, G, for the fantastic card!)

Susan Harwood said...

Dear Rosa

A quick update.

Just as I was about to potter around review sites to tell people both about BRICKS IN THE CAVE and your review of it, my laptop stopped.

Physically, it started to fall to bits.

Functionally, the internet explorer went on strike.

Today, it came back from being repaired so I'm now going through the long process of re-installing everything.

Our family too is fighting off winter bugs . . . and Christmas preparations have begun . . . so I'm not sure how much time I will have available for picking up the threads until after the New Year. Ah well!

By the way . . . a comment about what you are saying on your blog . . . I bet we have more dust in our house than you have in yours!


Susan Harwood said...


I've copied your review onto my blog and have put the link to your site with it.

Hope all is ok.


Read Your Way Through the Garden: Choice Tomes From Garden Literature

  • A Book of Salvias by Betsy Clebsch
  • Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon
  • Making Bentwood Trellises by Jim Long
  • RHS Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers
  • Rose Primer: An Organic Approach to Rose Selection & Care by Orin Martin
  • Start With the Soil by Grace Gershuny
  • Sunset Western Garden Book
  • Sunset Western Landscaping Book
  • The Book of Garden Secrets by Patent & Bilderback
  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Botany
  • the Gardener's Table: A Guide to Natural Vegetable Growing and Cooking by Richard Merrill & Joe Ortiz
  • The Gardener's Year by Karel Capek
  • The Hutchinson Dictionary of Plant Names: Common & Botanical
  • We Made A Garden by Margaret Fish

lotsa latin: rosa's botanical & etymological ruminations

  • vespertinus: flowers in the evening
  • vernalis:spring
  • veni vidi nates calcalvi: we came, we saw, we kicked butt. This was printed on a T shirt I bought at Abbot's Thrift many years ago. It encircled the NEA symbol. I wish I knew why.
  • superciliaris: shaped like an eyebrow ex: sturnella superciliaris, the White-browed Blackbird
  • rosa-sinensis: species of Hibiscus: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. Lit. Rosa of China, so named by British plant hunters.
  • placentiformis: shaped like a cake ex: discocactus placentiformis
  • nudiflorus: flowers before leaves show ex: flowering quince, magnolia
  • nivalis: growing in or near snow ex: galanthus nivalis (common snowdrop)
  • muralis: growing on walls
  • mirabilis: marvellous, wonderful
  • formosa: beautiful ex: dicentra formosa, a.k.a.western bleeding heart/dutchman's breeches/lady in a bath
  • carpe vitam: get a life
  • Carolus Linnaeus: Latinized name of Carl von Linne (1707-1778), Swedish naturalist considered the father of plant taxonomy. Whatta guy.