Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?– Mary Oliver, New and Selected Poems (via iwannotowidigdo) I don’t know if we only have one life; I believe I’ve had others. What I’m afraid of is what I may have been in the past ones. I think that a part of me is trying for some serious redemption. Or maybe I’m just...
The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages...– Madeleine L’Engle (via iwannotowidigdo)
Go Not to the Temple by Rabindranath Tagore
aarthy: Go not to the temple to put flowers upon the feet of God, First fill your own house with the Fragrance of love… Go not to the temple to light candles before the altar of God, First remove the darkness of sin from your heart… Go not to the temple to bow down your head in prayer, First learn to bow in humility before your fellowmen… Go not to the temple to pray on bended knees, First bend...
F. Scott Fitzgerald Made $8,397 On Great Gatsby;... →
anatomyofamuse: Royalties from The Great Gatsby totaled only $8,397 during Fitzgerald’s lifetime. Today Gatsby is read in nearly every high school and college and regularly produces $500,000 a year in [F. Scott Fitzgerald’s daughter] Scottie’s trust for her children.
Afghan Girls Burn Themselves to Escape Marriage →
Why, of all things, self-immolation? Perhaps if the husbands realized that their caretaker will be driven to kill herself if not treated humanely, they would behave differently. Those men are either malicious, or simply conditioned by a part of their culture; but either way, this needs to stop.
Creative Visualization in your life, introduced by... →
i-peach-feng-shui: I can’t believe Shakti Gawain HERSELF- guru-ess of all gurus- does these seminars herself, and they are relatively cheap!
When she raises her eyelids, it’s as if she were taking off all her clothes.– Colette (via iwannotowidigdo)
You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world’s...– Dale Carnegie (via justbesplendid) (via quote-book) (via dederants)
dederants: upanddowns: emilyisasecret: This...
I am a believer in free will. If my dog chooses to hate the whole human race...– Diana Wynne Jones (Castle in the Air) (via iwannotowidigdo) One of my most beloved authors. She went to college under C.S.Lewis and J.R.R.Tolkien. No. Explanation. Necessary.
The poet Marianne Moore famously wrote of ‘real toads in imaginary gardens,’ and...– Rebecca Solnit (Wanderlust: A History of Walking) (via iwannotowidigdo)
Pittsburgh > Philadelphia
awesome-everyday: onefootinthegrave: switchblades: (via inothernews) Now you’ve just gone too far. Those are fuckin’ fighting words, man. this is the most clear truth I have ever seen come across my dashboard in the word/math format. It’s nothing it fight about. It’s mathematical truth. Steelers > Eagles , Penguins > Flyers. Even if they win this World Series it won’t change the...
Instead, I try to adjust to the dawn, letting the tears fall where they may,...– Libba Bray (The Sweet Far Thing) (via iwannotowidigdo) A lovely book. Read it, even if you aren’t a teenage girl. That novel has hope in it about life, death, and whatever is beyond than any I’ve read.
A mismatched outfit, a slightly defective denture, an exquisite mediocrity of...– Milan Kundera in The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, quoted by Quiet-time. (via mills)
Today, I went to visit my boyfriend in his dormroom. He hesitated to open the...– MyLifeIsAverage, 1115410. One of my friends, who doesn’r get scared easily, is now afraid to be alone in her double without her roommate. She goes to the library a lot, now.
For Halloween, aka: Samhain
[Friendly note to anyone who wants to sound intelligent to people observing Earth Religions—Samhain: pronounced Sow-when.] I am going to a place called Four Quarters InterFaith Sanctuary, in Artemis, PA. It describes itself as, “an experiment in growing functional cultural alternatives, firmly grounded in a spiritual and ecological perspective. A place where the many ways of Sharing...
bestillmysoul: Mayday Parade, Still Breathing. ...
that I don’t have to look at any of the people I went to highschool with anymore. I just wouldn’t be able to take it. Ah, random blessings.
Everything we do is a choice. Oatmeal or cereal, highways or sidestreets, kiss...– Pushing Daisies (via copulatedkiss ; giveme-a-reason ; starrystairs ; surrenderlove ; girlmeetsboys) (via webravebees) Might be my new go-to quote. Pushing Daisies was one of the best shows ever created. It’s what you call a living fairytale. You just have to remember that...
Regarding Mo(-m, -thers)
My childhood was far from perfect: there’s a lot that I refuse to think about, not because it was so horrifying, but because I can still feel what I did back when it happended. Humiliating things in elementary school; torturous things in middle school; emotionally crippling things in high school. The least of my problems are my parents, even though on a bad day I might attempt to blame the...
That is to say: I cannot forgive the universe for my mother’s suffering. I find...– mills, in the last post. Exactly the sentiment I have about my mother. At least she tried to protect me. I can’t say the same for my grandmother.
It is not that we have a soul, but that we are a soul.– Rachel Naomi Remen (via iwannotowidigdo)
kindacarsick: Things I Can Do: Survive a rigorous Master’s Degree program at a prestigious university Administer crisis management to severely emotionally disturbed children and adolescents with histories of horrific abuse Wake up every three hours to bottle-feed and give intravenous fluids to half-dead rescued animals Provide individual and group therapy to clients diagnosed with severe...
Report: Palestinians denied water
colorsofcorruption: Israel is denying Palestinians access to even the basic minimum of clean, safe water, Amnesty International says. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8327188.stm I really hope this isn’t true, but Amnesty is fairly reliable source. WTF ISRAEL. I am none too pleased with Israel ever since the research for my Modern Middle East class. Behold another reason.
drowning in work. cat died. car back in shop. son gave up naps. and yet I laid...– peacockharpy PH proves yet again that she’s really a writer. :) (via moorewr)
If you’re looking for sympathy you’ll find it between shit and syphilis in the...– David Sedaris (via shinejuly)(via doublebagel) (via kari-shma) (via bestillmysoul) How timely, considering my last post.
And Now For Something Completely Different
My trip to Richmond was cancelled, due to one of the instructors possibly coming down with swine flu, and two of the venues having closed already. This means that I missed my Peer Mentor meeting for nothing, and an hour’s pay. And, if anyone saw me in the last half hour during the meeting that I was still on campus, they’ll think I called wolf. Do you ever feel like life takes just a...
French court convicts Church of Scientology of... →
moorewr: (via thedaytheytriedtokillme) Finally. Any religion that asks for money in return for it’s teachings is bullshit. Period.
Try to remember it always,” he said once Gogol had reached him, leading him...– Jhumpa Lahiri (The Namesake) (via iwannotowidigdo) This book is fantastic, as is Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to get my hands on a copy of her new work, Unacustomed Earth, another collection of short stories.
I know how people are, with their habits of mind. Most will sail through from...– Barbara Kingsolver (The Poisonwood Bible) (via iwannotowidigdo)
bestillmysoul: You’re sexy as fuck. Automatic Reblog for the Sweet, Unadulterated Truth. (And a momentary lapse of concern for my male followers…)