Word History: The source of our word WINDOW is a vivid metaphor. Window comes to us from the Scandinavian invaders and settlers of England in the early Middle Ages. Although we have no record of the exact word they gave us, it was related to Old Norse vindauga, “window,” a compound made up of vindr, “wind,” and auga, “eye,” reflecting the fact that at one time windows contained no glass. The metaphor “wind eye” is of a type beloved by Norse and Old English poets and is called a kenning; other examples include oar-steed for “ship” and whale-road for “sea.” Recently we have restored to the 800-year-old word window a touch of its poetic heritage, using it figuratively in such phrases as launch window, weather window, and window of opportunity or vulnerability.
May your walls know joy; May every room hold laughter and every window open to great possibility. Maryanne Radmacker-Hershey
Cat on a window Sill
He sits and a gossamer
ghostly robe seems to settle
over him as he squints
his eyes and secretly smiles
remembering those who paid
homage to him in a temple
long turned to dust
Every time I close the door on reality it comes in through the windows. ~Jennifer Yane
We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon-instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today. Dale Carnegie
All the windows of my heart I open to the day.
John Greenleaf Whittier
A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.
I look out the window sometimes to seek the color of the shadows and the different greens in the trees, but when I get ready to paint I just close my eyes and imagine a scene.
Mooses look into your window at night
They look to the left and they look to the right
The mooses are smiling, they think it's a zoo
And that's why the mooses like looking at you.
Arlo Guthrie's Mooses Come Walking
I did Doors the other day so today it's Windows! The last little ditty is from Arlo Guthrie's children's book Mooses Come Walking. Ed and I saw him a couple of years ago at the Cape Cod Melody Tent. He was absolutely fabulous and he read his book to the audience. It was very funny. I hope you enjoy the photographs today. There are so many beautiful images on the Internet. It is fun to find them. Remember to click on them and most of them will show a larger picture for a closer view. Have a great Monday!