Happy Earth Day

April 22, 2013 § Leave a comment

And to celebrate, a second quotation today, because the beauty of the world is something worth remembering and being grateful for. And not just today. Most poets will tell you that.

“It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know the sense of wonder and humility. ”
~ Rachel Carson



Quotation #18

April 22, 2013 § Leave a comment


Last week was unfortunately too busy for any moments of being. It was brilliant and happy but also stressful and sad.

It was the kind of week that is lived with no time to be reflected on. So some catching up is in order, with a Top Ten list and a book that, despite the madness, was finished and needs talking about.

It is strange how well this quotation applies both to the tragedies we all witnessed this week and my own personal life. Thanks perhaps to the all-inclusive, yet personal ‘you’. Words have a way sometimes… As if they had a depth we can’t quite understand or control. It makes for their greatness.

So in the meantime, somewhere, despite the distance, I am thinking… And Duffy’s words make it all so much more bearable.

Quotation #17

April 8, 2013 § Leave a comment


Well, it happens. Even to the best of us apparently.

If you are in the mood to read however, take a look at Sterne’s A Sentimental Journey: the short and whimsical ramblings of a man of sensibility describing Europe, women, and his delicate soul. Also worth a look:

A beautiful essay (found via a beautiful blog)

An interview with Nabokov (for those of you who didn’t know about my interest in the character, now it’s official)

The French case, apparently (anyone care to react?)


Have a great week!

Quotation #16

April 1, 2013 § Leave a comment


The Leopard, for me, was one of those books that awakens you to a new way of perceiving life. Decadent, sensual, nostalgic, whimsical – I couldn’t believe it was written in the twentieth-century; and yet, aspects of its philosophy are indeed very modern. This quotation isn’t particularly poetic but the dichotomy is adequate to describe the work: the idealised present is blown to ashes by its cruel reality so that only the dream of what was remains.

I think about this voluptuous, incomparable book because its warmth and character is what I need. I dream of its Sicilian names, exuberant garden smells and sense of sacred ritual, where sermons rather than clock chimes mark the rhythm of life.

It is July, it is hot in my long-sleeved dress, the dog follows me into the orchard and I can hear people laughing and whispering on the terrace. Soon it will be evening, the stars will replace the frescoes of the living room over my head and I will lean from the balcony to smell the night.

This book is an atmosphere. A political manifesto that should not be forgotten – but Lampedusa succeeds in showing that this manifesto is really a way of life. Beautiful in its tragic finality. I wouldn’t mind embracing it just for today.

Anyone with me?


More on the book and its author here.

Quotation #15

March 18, 2013 § Leave a comment

royAny great stories you feel that way about?

Have a great week!

Quotation #14

February 25, 2013 § Leave a comment


And so through music, as through poetry, negative feelings are turned into art form, underlining the power of the creative process. Except it’s a lot more beautiful the way Toni Morrison says it.

Have a great week!

Quotation #13

February 15, 2013 § 1 Comment




One of the most destructive loves, but also one of the most powerful.

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