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

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. 


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


               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