Sunday, July 31, 2011


“The truth is that there are a lot of people like you, us, with strange hobbies or talents or gifts and we try to hide it because we’re afraid that it makes us seem weird or it will turn people off, but that’s a mistake. What makes me unique has brought every person I love into my life.”

Ned, Pushing Daisies

Mrs. Adam by Kathleen Norris

Mrs. Adam
by Kathleen Norris

I have lately come to the conclusion that I am Eve,
alias Mrs. Adam. You know, there is no account
of her death in the Bible, and why am I not Eve?
Emily Dickinson in a letter,
12 January, 1846

Wake up,
you’ll need your wits about you.
This is not a dream,
but a woman who loves you, speaking.

She was there
when you cried out;
she brushed the terror away.
She knew
when it was time to sin.
You were wise
to let her handle it,
and leave that place.

We couldn’t speak at first
for the bitter knowledge,
the sweet taste of memory
on our tongues.

Listen, it’s time.
You were chosen too,
to put the world together.


"If you bring forth what is within you, it will save you.  If you do not bring forth what it within you, it will destroy you."
-Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels


"Do not write about something,"...  "Let the writing be the thing itself.  Every sentence should be its own evidence." -Emerson

Thursday, July 28, 2011


Psalm 119:105 "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


“If you take a book with you on a journey,…an odd thing happens: The book begins collecting your memories. And forever after you have only to open that book to be back where you first read it. It will all come into your mind with the very first words: the sights you saw in that place, what it smelled like, the ice cream you ate while you were reading it…yes, books are like flypaper—memories cling to the printed page better than anything else.”

Cornelia Funke (Inkheart)


“I wish we could spend July by the sea, browning ourselves and feeling water-weighted hair flow behind us from a dive. I wish our gravest concerns were the summer gnats. I wish we were hungry for hot dogs and dopes, and it would be nice to smell the starch of summer linens and the faint odor of talc in blistering summer bath houses. We could lie in long citoneuse beams of the five o’clock sun on the plage at Juan-les-Pins and hear the sound of the drum and piano being scooped out to sea by the waves.””

Zelda Fitzgerald 


words are, in my not so humble opinion,
our most inexhaustible source of magic. 

harry potter and the deathly hallows

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


"I am amazed how trees lose their leaves every winter and bloom forth every spring. The creative power to do that is marvelous; it is beyond my comprehension.... When I encounter a tree, a personality, a spirit comes forth which is wonderful. To see the growth and structure...causes me to bow down in humility. Many times I have come home bowed down with reverence, thankful that I am an artist."

LeConte Stewart

Monday, July 25, 2011


“Love doesn’t just sit there like a stone; it has to be made, like bread, remade all the time, made new.””

Ursula K. Le Guin (The Lathe of Heaven)


"Bring me the sunset in a cup."
-Emily Dickinson

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Love this woman

"I’ve got two daughters who will have to make their way in this
skinny-obsessed world, and it worries me, because I don’t want them to
be empty-headed, self-obsessed, emaciated clones; I’d rather they were
independent, interesting, idealistic, kind, opinionated, original, funny
- a thousand things, before ‘thin’. And frankly, I’d rather they
didn’t give a gust of stinking chihuahua flatulence whether the woman
standing next to them has fleshier knees than they do. Let my girls be
Hermiones, rather than Pansy Parkinsons. Let them never be Stupid
Girls." – J.K. Rowling

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


"I don't want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails. I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp. I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbors children. I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone's garden. I want to be there with children's sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder. I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived."   Marjorie Pay Hinckley


No journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the 
world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world 
-Lillian Smith

Monday, July 11, 2011


"It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is
healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and
the wisest might err."
-Mahatma Gandhi

Sunday, July 10, 2011


i have endless stores of worlds in the form of words. we all do. i may not have the perfect job or the dream man, but i am filled by words. and when all is said and done they satiate me in a way nothing else can.

-Meg Fee


cherish your solitude. take trains by yourself
to places you have never been. sleep out alone
under the stars. learn how to drive a stick shift.
go so far away that you stop being afraid of not
coming back. say no when you don't want to do
something. say yes if your instincts are strong, even 
if everyone around you disagrees. decide whether 
you want to be liked or admired. decide if fitting in
is more important than finding out what you're doing here.
believe in kissing.

even ensler


Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.”


"Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes 
nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it. 
The man who knows how will always have a job. The man who also 
knows why will always be his boss. As to methods there may be 
a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who 
grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The 
man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have 
-Ralph Waldo Emerson


"When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and get free."
-Catherine Ponder


Saturday, July 9, 2011


"Everyone, deep down within, carries a small cemetery of those he has loved."
-Romain Rolland