Golden

I stand amid the roar Of a surf-tormented shore And I hold within my hand Grains of the golden sand — How few! yet how they creep Through my fingers to the deep, While I weep — while I weep! O God! Can I not grasp Them with a tighter clasp? O God! can I

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XXII

“Sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living.” —Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Yesterday, my parents sent me the dreamiest bouquet of pale peach roses, white hydrangeas, and black and white anemones. Last night, my instagram bio ticked from 21 to 22. (I don’t

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Reconnaissant

Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile. William Cullen Bryant The word for grateful in French, reconnaisant, is derived from the verb reconnaître: to recognize or acknowledge. To be thankful is to share your appreciation. I have so, so many thanks to give this holiday season, in spite of the fragility of 2016 in the face of so

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Quatrième

“Recognizing that people’s reactions don’t belong to you is the only sane way to create. If people enjoy what you’ve created, terrific. If people ignore what you’ve created, too bad. If people misunderstand what you’ve created, don’t sweat it. And what if people absolutely hate what you’ve created? What if people attack you with savage

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Garden of Thorns

This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love: the more they give, the more they possess. —Rainer Maria Rilke Happy Valentine’s Day, dearest readers! Today, I am feeling lazy and so I want to share some links that I’ve been loving this year. As some of you might remember, way back

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Almond Joyous

“Music to hear, why hear’st thou music sadly? Sweets with sweets war not, joy delights in joy: Why lov’st thou that which thou receiv’st not gladly, Or else receiv’st with pleasure thine annoy?” —From Sonnet 8, Shakespeare And thus did the Month of Birthdays begin. Within a 1 month period, my father, my mother, one

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