Women Friends

“Women rely on friends. … That’s where we draw sustenance and find safety. We can count on our women friends when we need a good laugh or a good cry.” —— Cokie Roberts

The Mental Air

“I take a last walk, discovering a sequestered park presided over by an imposing statue of Neptune. I climb uneven stone steps up a slope that opens onto what appears to be a botanical garden, with a number of squat palms, and a variety of trees. As I wander about, an unexpected though familiar giddiness … More The Mental Air

Charm

“Charm is the ability to make someone else think that both of you are pretty wonderful.” ― Kathleen Winsor

Beautiful Things

“Caring too much for objects can destroy you. Only—if you care for a thing enough, it takes on a life of its own, doesn’t it? And isn’t the whole point of things—beautiful things—that they connect you to some larger beauty?” ― Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch

An Amplified Life

“A creative life is an amplified life. It’s a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and a hell of a lot more interesting life. Living in this manner—continually and stubbornly bringing forth the jewels that are hidden within you—is a fine art, in and of itself.” —- Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic

Perspective

“In order to keep a perspective of one’s importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him.” — Unknown

White Flowers

“but instead I fell asleep, as if in a vast and sloping room filled with those white flowers that open all summer, sticky and untidy, in the warm fields. when I woke the morning light was just slipping in front of the stars, and I was covered with blossoms.” —from “White Flowers” by Mary Oliver

Light

“Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds, which I should first break through, and pour a torrent of light into our dark world.” —Mary Shelley