Promenade en Traîneau

“I just like to smile. Smiling’s my favorite!” —Buddy the Elf Hello everyone! I hope you have all had a wonderful holiday season; I’ve spent a few extremely restful days with my family (except one of my older brothers, who had to stay back home), and I’m feeling very grateful for each and every one

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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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