“Although I have felt compelled to write things down since I was five years old, I doubt that my daughter ever will, for she is a singularly blessed and accepting child, delighted with life exactly as life presents itself to her, unafraid to go to sleep and unafraid to wake up. Keepers of private notebooks are a different breed altogether, lonely and resistant rearrangers of things, anxious malcontents, children afflicted apparently at birth with some presentiment of loss.”—Joan Didion (via swoone)
“I lived in a dream world, a book tucked under every mattress of the beds it was my chore to make up daily; a book in my bathroom hamper, and the family’s stock answer to “What’s RiRi [my nickname] doing?” was “Oh, she’s reading again.”— Introduction to Letters Home by Aurelia Plath, Sylvia’s mother.
“New research has shown that [crows] are among the most intelligent animals on the planet. They use tools as only elephants and chimpanzees do, and recognize 250 distinct calls. One particular talent they have been discovered to possess is the ability to recognize individual human faces and pick them out of a crowd up to two years later – a trick that might make even Hitchcock shiver with fright.”
(Link is my local affiliate’s page, but your own local channel should be broadcasting it too. Check for the schedule!)
“It is pleasanter and less exerting to be passive than to act; pleasanter to be redeemed and to be made free by another than to free oneself; pleasanter to make one’s salvation dependent on a person than dependent on the strength of one’s own endeavor; pleasanter to set before oneself an object of love than an object of effort; pleasanter to know oneself beloved by God than merely to love oneself with that simple, natural self-love which is innate in all things. And to see one’s image reflected in the love-beaming eyes of another person is more pleasant than to look into the concave mirror of one’s own self or into the cold depth of the ocean of Nature.”— The Essence of Christianity by Ludwig Feuerbach
I’ve just about had it with all the bitching and moaning that straight people have been doing about today. As a straight woman, I have never thought twice about holding a boyfriend’s hand in public, my sexuality has never been under fire (at least not for orientation reasons), and I have never…