Insects always catch my eye and I spied this black widow beauty in one of our houseplants (its new home is somewhere outside)! They reallly do look frightening but oh so intriguing.

Read about Arachne the great mortal weaver – LINK.

The other day I found this cool site called Repeat After Us –  founded by Ellie Wen during her sophomore year at Harvard-Westlake High School in California. While volunteering at Las Familias del Pueblo, a community center in downtown Los Angeles, Ellie saw individuals struggling with pronunciation in an English as a Second Language class. She decided to build a website that would provide free texts and audio clips to help students around the world with their language skills. Through the efforts of other students and faculty, has become an award-winning, critically acclaimed online library and language lab.

Listen to Kristin Asami Shinkawa read A Noiseless Patient Spider by Walt Whitman.

A noiseless patient spider,

I mark’d where on a little promontory it stood isolated,

Mark’d how to explore the vacant vast surrounding,

It launch’d forth filament,filament, filament, out of itself,

Ever unreeling them, ever tirelessly speeding them.

And you O my soul where you stand,

Surrounded, detached, in measureless oceans of space,

Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing, seeking the spheres to connect them,

Till the bridge you will need be form’d, till the ductile anchor hold,

Till the gossamer thread you fling catch somewhere, O my soul.



xx SG