by Ellen Bass Bad things are going to happen Your tomatoes will grow a fungus and your cat will get run over. Someone will leave the bag with the ice cream melting in the car and throw your blue cashmere sweater in the drier. Your husband will sleep with a girl your daughter’s age, her … Continue reading Relax
Meditation on Ruin
by Jay Hopler It’s not the lost lover that brings us to ruin, or the barroom brawl, or the con game gone bad, or the beating Taken in the alleyway. But the lost car keys, The broken shoelace, The overcharge at the gas pump Which we broach without comment — these are the things that eat … Continue reading Meditation on Ruin
A Few Beautiful Things.
Artist Andreas Lie's wild animal/landscape double exposures. From Daily Poetics: A blog that regularly posts comforting little snippets of poetry. A collection of illustrated gifs by Rebecca Mock depicting modern life. From zen habits: A short, inspiring piece reminding you that, "You're Not Doing Life Wrong". Empathy cards for cancer patients designed by a cancer survivor.
A Moment with Jack Kerouac…
Soon it got dusk, a grapy dusk, a purple dusk over tangerine groves and long melon fields; the sun the color of pressed grapes, slashed with burgundy red, the fields the color of love and Spanish mysteries. Jack Kerouac
John Patrick Shanley
This playwright's tweets are little bits of daily inspiration: "You saw something when you were a child, and then it got away. Oh, how that wistful chase continues to this very day." -JPS
Some Mary Oliver to start your Monday right. You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will … Continue reading QOTD
Traveler, there is no path The path is made by walking. Excerpt from Border of a Dream: Selected Poems by Antonio Machado. More here.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: 2014 Fellowship to theOffice
It’s that time of year again... We’re beyond excited to announce that we are once again offering a FREE 6-MONTH FELLOWSHIP to theOffice. theOffice is a quiet, communal workspace in Brentwood, CA right across from the Country Mart. Our members get free coffee & tea, wifi, Aeron chairs and peace of mind, all in the … Continue reading CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: 2014 Fellowship to theOffice
The stars over the Atlantic are dangling salt crystals. The room at the Seashell Inn is $20 a night; special winter off-season rate. No one else here but us and the night clerk, five floors below, alone with his cherished stack of Spiderman. … Continue reading QOTD
Now, moving in, cartons on the floor, the radio playing to bare walls, picture hooks left stranded in the unsoiled squares where paintings were, and something reminding us this is like all other moving days; finding the dirty ends of someone else's life, hair fallen in the sink, a peach pit, and burned-out matches in … Continue reading QOTD