Archive for the 'Quotes' Category

Some Knowledge

Monday, November 24th, 2014

“And so seated next to my father in the train compartment, I suddenly asked, “Father, what is sexsin?” He turned to look at me, as he always did when answering a question, but to my surprise he said nothing. At last he stood up, lifted his traveling case off the floor and set it on […]

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On Staying or Leaving Abusive Relationships

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

These are excerpts from a powerful essay about domestic abuse. How many times did I find myself on his bathroom floor cowering beneath him, feeling the hot spit land on me as he screamed? Stop crying like a baby. You’re crazy. No one else would put up with you. … How many times did I […]

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The Reason I Love to Bake

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

There is another reason for the priority of pastry: pastry chefs are the only ones in the kitchen who are alchemists by necessity. Where the rotisseur or the man with the sauté pan does his best work when he does least, it is in the nature of pastry-making that you begin with ingredients that don’t […]

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No Matter

Friday, October 10th, 2014

“Listen to me, your body is not a temple. Temples can be destroyed and desecrated. Your body is a forest — thick canopies of maple trees and sweet scented wildflowers sprouting in the underwood. You will grow back, over and over, no matter how badly you are devastated.” –Beau Taplin

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How the Universe Thinks

Friday, August 29th, 2014

“I will argue that modern science, traditionally considered guilty of reducing our existence to a pointless accident in an indifferent universe, is actually saying the opposite. While it does say that we are an accident in an indifferent universe, it also says that we are a rare accident and thus not pointless. As we look […]

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The Dark Path to Enlightenment

Friday, April 18th, 2014

“We seldom go freely into the belly of the beast. Unless we face a major disaster like the death of a friend or spouse or loss of a marriage or job, we usually will not go there. As a culture, we have to be taught the language of descent. That is the great language of […]

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The Definition of My Life

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Oh, best of intentions! You know where they lead. I’d planned to focus more on the blog this year and it’s languished. I’ve got many irons in the fire. And I’ll explore them here later. Meanwhile, of late this quote has been my email signature. It resonates. “I may not have gone where I intended […]

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Look Inside

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

One of my daughter’s favorite performers are Peter, Paul, & Mary, and one of her favorite songs by them is called Inside. Tonight I was scanning Facebook and came across a link from A Mighty Girl. A Mighty Girl is an excellent resource of zillions of ideas, toys, book titles, articles and more to help […]

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Presence and Silence

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

I’ve been thinking about something for a long time, and I keep noticing that most human speech – if not all human speech – is made with the outgoing breath. This is the strange thing about presence and absence. When we breathe in, our bodies are filled with nutrients and nourishment. Our blood is filled […]

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Before Putting the Nail In

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

It’s pretty much impossible to feel anger at someone for driving too slowly in front of you in traffic when you’ve just come from sanding your own coffin. Coveting material objects, holding on to old grudges, failing to pause and see the grace in strangers — all equally foolish. While the coffin is indeed a […]

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