Rebecca Budd aka Clanmother

Welcome to my reading room.

Welcome to my reading room, a virtual space that has been set aside for reading and reflection. It is a place where stories and poetry are given voice.   

Over the years, I have found reading rooms come in many forms, from a city library to a park bench, a seat on a public transit, a stool in a coffee shop, to a cozy corner of home.

Whenever I have a book in hand, I am in a reading room.

Words Matter

Morning Reflections

Every morning is a new beginning. “Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.” Meister Eckhart

On Location

Exploring Reading Rooms on locations. They are everywhere and found in the least expected places.

Poetry in the Evenings

At end of day, a poem to rest the mind and soul.

Reading a Story

“One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time.” Carl Sagan

Reading brings our world together.

Celebrating World Poetry Day with Carrie Williams Clifford Rebecca's Reading Room

S3 E3: Celebrating World Poetry Day with Carrie Williams Clifford March 21, 2023 marks the celebration of World Poetry Day. This day was established by UNESCO in 1999 to promote the reading, writing, and teaching of poetry worldwide. The celebration aims to recognize the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind and to promote cultural exchange and understanding. On this day, people from all over the world come together to appreciate the beauty and power of poetry, and to reflect on its importance in our lives. Carrie Williams Clifford was an American poet who lived from 1862 to 1934. Born in Providence, Rhode Island, she began writing poetry at a young age. Clifford published her first collection of poetry, "The Widening Light," in 1893 and went on to publish several more collections throughout her career. Her poetry often explored themes of nature, spirituality, and the human experience. She was an active member of the women's suffrage movement and used her poetry to advocate for women's rights. Quest by Carrie Williams Clifford My goal out-distances the utmost star, Yet is encompassed in my inmost Soul; I am my goal—my quest, to know myself. To chart and compass this unfathomed sea, Myself must plumb the boundless universe. My Soul contains all thought, all mystery, All wisdom of the Great Infinite Mind: This is to discover, I must voyage far, At last to find it in my pulsing heart. This poem is in the public domain. Music by Jo Wandrini “Puzzle of Complexity” Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/ctczJjeHrf/
  1. Celebrating World Poetry Day with Carrie Williams Clifford
  2. Spring Morning by Marion Strobel
  3. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost
  4. Is There a Santa Clause?
  5. We Will Remember Them