Monday, October 31, 2011


Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
`'Tis some visitor,' I muttered, `tapping at my chamber door -
Only this, and nothing more.'

                                 from Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven"

Goooood Evening
Happy Hallow's Eve . . .

I briefly digress from my usual blog style, well a bit, and the last Delta post, at least for now,to wish you a very happy Halloween night.

My grandmother Nanny was born in 1903.  Much of her elementary education in the Arkansas Delta town of Mariana, Arkansas, consisted of "memory work" and recitation for her teacher Mrs. Alma Futrell, whom Nanny quoted until the day she died.  

My grandmother Nanny with my mother, Anna Ruth, ca 1939

Until she passed away in 1990 in the Mississippi Delta,she could perfectly recite among other things:

 The Gettysburg Address
The Preamble to the Constitution
Tennyson's "Charge of the Light Brigade"
Longfellow's "Hiawatha's Childhood"
Joyce Kilmer's "Trees"
Edgar Allan Poe's "Annabelle Lee"
Robert Burns' "To a Louse" and
"My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose"

and VERY often did.

Nanny could recite practically everything in this book, copyright 1924.

The one that has always seemed to stick in my head though was
Edgar Allan Poe's

Raven chandelier

I can still hear Nanny's voice reciting to me and my sister Susan, "Ne-ver moreeee", with lots of feeling.

Nanny LOVED Poe, and particularly "The Raven".  I do too. 

"The Raven" is probably another reason I love:
macabre stories
black and white design with a touch of earthy orange

Suzanne Kasler Design

I think next year I WILL hostess a "Nevermore" Halloween party.

Raven cookies

Raven cocktails: Black vodka, creme de cassis, and cranberry juice
over champagne and a sugar cube.  I adore champagne cocktails!

Of course the perfect costume will be in order.  Perhaps something like one of these. . .

I will wear this with my costume

Fabulous 'bird' Carmen Dell'Oreface is 80 years old.

a fabulous Andy Warhol/
Carol Channing
like my friend designer John Lyle wore at brunch/tea in New York yesterday. 

I love the
accessories and furniture
that John designs.

Designer John Lyle in his NY loft with his black and white marble inlaid Tobey desk

A visit to John's loft in NY is coming in the next post!

Enjoy the night, my birds of
a feather . . .

I'm off to bed to read
"THE RAVEN", again.

Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,
By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore,
`Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou,' I said, `art sure no craven.
Ghastly grim and ancient raven wandering from the nightly shore -
Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore!'
Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.'

What do you love about Halloween? Do you like black and white design with a twist of orange?

Photo Credits: Elle Decor, Marilyn Storey, Etsy, Suzanne Kasler,
Callaway Gable, Jason Juta, Vanity Fair Italia

1 comment :

  1. Marilyn,

    Happy Halloween to you as well! I've never been a big fan of Halloween. It was all a bit scary to me. I never liked watching scary movies or going into haunted houses.

    But, I do enjoy watching the little ones dressed up in their cute little outfits come up to the door.



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