Thursday, January 17, 2019

I Did Think, Let’s Go About This Slowly.

I did think, let’s go about this slowly.
This is important. This should take
some really deep thought.
We should take
small thoughtful steps.

 But, bless us, we didn’t.

-Mary Oliver

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Monday, July 9, 2018

“One of the greatest barriers to empathy is the fear of saying the wrong thing or the need to make everything better. Let me go on record as saying (putting you at ease a little bit, hopefully) that when someone has experienced something very traumatic - a significant loss - there’s nothing you can say to make it better. All you can do is to be with people in that space. So if all you can come up with is, ‘I don’t know what to say. I just know that I want to be with you in this. I don’t know how to make it better. I just know that I’m dying inside to make it better. I want to help.’ What we all need when we’re in struggle is the ability for other people to look us in the eye, to be with us, to embrace us, and to be willing to be with us.”

-Brene Brown

Sunday, December 3, 2017

"This is why blind Orpheus praises love and why love gouges out our eyes and why all lovers smell their way to Dover. That is why innocence has so much to account for, why Venus appears least saintly in the attitudes of shame. This is lost children and the deep sweetness of the pulp, a blue thrumming at the formed bone, river, flame, quicksilver. It is not the fire we hunger for and not the ash. It is the still hour, a deer come slowly to the creek at dusk, the table set for abstinence, windows full of flowers like summer in the provinces vanishing when the moon’s half-face pallor rises on the dark flax line of the hills."

-Robert Hass

Sunday, November 26, 2017

"The importance of touch is that it places you. It is the medium of the articulation of a relationship. Touch yields two different senses–that of connection and that of separateness. It makes for a sense of oneness … as well as for a sense of difference. One thing is sure: if we are not touched, we might begin to suspect that we are not here."

- Kathleen Woodword, from Aging and its Discontents (Indiana University Press, 1991)

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

"— for love like mine can never be gotten over."

-Edgar Allan Poe

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

"You loved a man who treated you like absinthe, half poison and half god."

-Clementine von Radics

Thursday, September 14, 2017

"Do you lose your temper easily? I don’t on the whole, but when I do, I really feel closer to God than at other times."

Franz Kafka

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

"She glows. 
Her heavy strands of black hair slide / Like serpents over somber, blood-red plush. / She stands there as a rose within the night. / The dark-red rose so deep within the night."

Gertrud Kolmar