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I’m female, from the United States. I’ve been a DailyLit member since August 10, 2011.
- Dubliners finished
- The Life and Death of Seals finished
- White Horse finished
- The Yellow Wallpaper finished
- Lady Windermere's Fan finished
- The Good Soldier finished
- Wikipedia Tour: Nobel Laureates in Literature finished
- Hell-Heaven finished
- Berlitz Essential French Phrases suspended
- Words That Matter from O, The Oprah Magazine suspended
don't tweet, like 2 eat sugar beet. can't run, no fun, smelly feet. feelin' punk, in a funk. what to do?
i'll see you!
"I am heavy company for myself, sometimes."
The Yellow Wallpaper made me try very hard to picture the wallpaper and the room and the smell... and I couldn't help thinking the whole time (while reading)
of Oscar Wilde's line about either he or the wallpaper has got to go.
The film A Good Woman is based on Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan...
(terrific suggestion for a category... did it happen ?, sorry if I missed it)
can't say this has been the case in my profession, or at least not the case with my male co-workers... the tangible-like/obtuse´/often subtle "differences" are definitely present, but then they always are in male/female of any species... had to prove myself early on--this didn't bother me; took it as a challenge, a natural challenge in life.
When you win a Nobel you're 5-star, no matter who drives the bus "tour".
I need intense, juicy quotes that cause me to walk about all day in poetic-zombie mode, weary with pondering, until I have to take a nap.
Oscar Wilde... genius. Great plot, great one-liners.
Hell-Heaven flows easy, is filled with explicit and implicit messages about life in general, and cross cultural life in particular.
The Good Soldier is excellent, written with unusual style and completely consumed my attention and sensibilities.
C. S. Lewis (The Four Loves) packs such a PUNCH with these lines... they burn with conviction.
"There is no safe investment. To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket — safe, dark, motionless, airless — it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell."
I know this much is true, artist of the beautiful, you can't go home again.
what if this is as good as it gets?
after all tomorrow is another day.
I heard a discussion of this new release on NPR this morning -- sounds informative, witty and fascinating... would like to see some non-fiction science "novels".
eye-candy, mind-candy, and the phrase "it is what it is" (what is it?)...
big cringe makers for me, yet "cringe" is a great word--
...and back to amazing, its over-use is flabbergasting/stunning
"Stephen King stopped by our gas station one time... but everyone was too scared
to talk to him. Jake, the gas station attendant, made eye contact with him. That night he lost 200 pounds."
~Adam Sandler in Mr. Deeds
fais do do -- french/cajun mix for "make sleep", said in a soothing, baby-like way to mean close your eyes, be at peace, all is calm and well.
cucush/kookoosh(sp?) -- another soothing/sleep word meaning "go lay down, get cozy, hush and sleep"... origin? maybe from the HushCush water well/area of northern Great Britian where it is believed that animals hearing the water sound become peaceful... and/or from the "cush-cush" said by farmers to round up cows for day's end.
fee-foo-la -- cajun origin? (travelled to this home from Nova Scotia)... a little, impish spirit/ghost that bothers one/says silly things/acts foolish... basically used to mean one is a real air-head but with a colorful, almost intriguing twist.
bittersweet, ephemeral twilight
....Smashed to the heart
Under the ribs
With a terrible love.
Let joy kill you!
Keep away from the little deaths.
Rumi Wisdom by Timothy Freke; 365 Tao by Deng Ming-Dao; Everyday Tao by Deng Ming-Dao....
excellent for a true "daily lit" read since the intention and set-up of each is one reading per day for
rumination, meditation and absorption.
WHETHER I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show. To begin my life with the beginning of my life, I record that I was born (as I have been informed and believe) on a Friday, at twelve o’clock at night. It was remarked that the clock began to strike, and I began to cry, simultaneously.
~Dickens sure opens/begins David Copperfield at the beginning...love it!
I sit in a very low-to-the-floor chair and eat a chocolate candy bar.
stone... ditto that!
and smooth; soothe--
the smooth stone is soothing to feel
Cool air, cloudless sky, no wind and soft sunshine-- a walk on the rocks at Rye where I spot the fox come down to the ocean's edge... a kind word or smile from a passing stranger, an old-fashioned, root beer popsicle... the sun taking a very long time to set and turning mellow-orange-yellow as she lingers... indigo twilight... a silent night without haunting dreams.
Warm, humid, foggy nights by the harbour, hoping to catch a firefly glow in the marsh grass.