Wednesday, March 11, 2015


…I have been reading Slyvia Plath, “Ariel,” which is something you should never do if you are blue.  Same with “The Bell Jar,” of course.
Her poetry is searing.  Her anger, distain, pain, resentment and raw honesty come through so clearly that it is visceral.  In some poems you hear her shout in your ear.  In others you feel her spit in your face as she enunciates.  Others are fingernails shredding your spine.  And in some, naturally, you hear her weep.
What a talent.

…Here are some random things I learned last week that you might find interesting:

-Leonardo DaVinici loved animals so much he would be caged animals and set them free.

-A spider spins a new web every day.

-There are more than 12,000 species of ants in the world.

-Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, had a wife that was deaf.

-58,200 kids were abducted in the U.S. last year.

-There are 10,000 homeless children in Manila.

-Whoopie Goldberg’s (who I don’t really care for) real name is Caryn Johnson.

…And here are a few things I like on a dreary, rainy Wednesday:

“I have to re-create the universe every morning when I wake up, and kill it in the evening, which is a bit outrageous, but there you go.” Bjork

“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“When you feel a peaceful joy, that’s when you are near the truth.” Rumi

“In things pertaining to enthusiasm, no man is sane who does not know how to be insane on proper occasions.” Henry Ward Beecher

"“If there is some sort of battle line being drawn for and against ogres and pixies appearing in books, I am on the side of ogres and pixies." -- Kazuo Ishiguro

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