Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim– Nora Ephron
(looking back) I’ll never say I took too many pictures or I made too many MEMORIES because I extended my hand to this NEW person who lives and breathes and smiles TOO MUCH, just like me (So I shared a small chunk of my time with them living and breathing and smiling Too Much) Nobody has ever said I had too many SPONTANEOUS HAPPY TIMES with OLD FRIENDS So, I and you and we were built to...
Your Brain on Fiction →
“The brain, it seems, does not make much of a distinction between reading about an experience and encountering it in real life; in each case, the same neurological regions are stimulated. Reading great literature, it has long been averred, enlarges and improves us as human beings. Brain science shows this claim is truer than we imagined.”
just what I needed to read this day. [ Something in me thought there should be something more, apparently, than the expressions of love, community, and creativity already in my life. A manicure? Tap dance lessons? A vacation? A new pair of jeans? Next, next, next. My yoga teacher’s reminder to get back to basics felt like a call to forget next and remember now. This cup of coffee. This dinner...
Creating Organic Perfume, One Memory at a Time →
“It’s a simple equation that seems to add up: humans, are natural beings craving the primitive and organic. Ayala Moriel, whose eponymous line of perfumes was originally inspired by Aftel’s book Essence & Alchemy, describes the attraction of scent and our ties to it. It’s no wonder that intrinsically, the journey lived by natural essences is entwined with our own. Aftel and Moriel agree...
The books or the music in which we thought the beauty was located will betray us if we trust to them; it was not in them, it only came through them, and what came through them was longing. These things—the beauty, the memory of our own past—are good images of what we really desire; but if they are mistaken for the thing itself they turn into dumb idols, breaking the hearts of their worshippers....
theohpioneer: “Washington is not a place to live in. The rents are high, the food is bad, the dust is disgusting and the morals are deplorable. Go West, young man, go West and grow up with the country.” — Horace Greeley
The person susceptible to “wanderlust” is not so much addicted to movement as committed to transformation.
yesterday, during a rainy, sick, Leap Day - in an attempt to stay unplugged - I spent time in each of these three books: Misha!: The Mikhail Baryshnikov Story The Dharma Bums The Hole in Our Gospel: What Does God Expect of Us? The Answer That Changed My Life and Might Just Change the World Motivating themes in each of them including but not limited to: courage; giving up the past in order to...