Category Archives: On Things

On Aging

I have grown old enough to develop radical acceptance. I insist on the right to swim in warm water at every opportunity, no matter how I look, no matter how young and gorgeous the other people on the beach are. … Continue reading

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On Fireflies

And these are my vices: impatience, bad temper, wine, the more than occasional cigarette, an almost unquenchable thirst to be kissed, a hunger that isn’t hunger but something like fear, a staunching of dread and a taste for bitter gossip … Continue reading

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On Life, from the Spanish-Language Blog of a Venezuelan Woman in Italy

these papers represent time. as you may have realized it is passing. behave accordingly. I JUST WANTED TO REMIND YOU THAT LIFE IS SHORT (very). DO IT NOW! are you in love? (go and tell) wanna travel? (travel) don’t like … Continue reading

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On Brush Fires

It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds. ~ Samuel Adams

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On Happiness

I’m not happy. I’m cheerful. There’s a difference. A happy woman has no cares at all. A cheerful woman has cares but has learned how to deal with them. ~ Beverly Sills

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On Balance

With our pitchers, we attempt sometimes to water a field, not a garden. We throw ourselves indiscriminately into committees and causes. Not knowing how to feed the spirit, we try to muffle its demands in distractions. Instead of stilling the … Continue reading

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On Being a Snowball

The older I get, the greater power I seem to have to help the world. I am like a snowball – the further I am rolled the more I gain. ~ Susan B. Anthony

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On Hope

Where there is cake, there is hope. And there’s always cake. ~ Dean Koontz, Life Expectancy

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On Beauty

If I did not wear torn pants, orthopedic shoes, frantic disheveled hair – that is to say, if I did not tone down my beauty – people would go mad. Married men would run amok. ~ Brenda Ueland

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On Compassion

Compassion isn’t simply opening a spigot and coating everything in a treacly, all-purpose goo. It requires a gut hunch that whatever I do unto others, I do unto myself. It calls for appreciating not only what comforts us but what … Continue reading

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