“I want to be / like the waves on the sea / like the clouds in the wind / but I’m me. / One day I’ll jump / out of my skin. / I’ll shake the sky / like a hundred violins.”

25 Jan

I want to be / like the waves on the sea / like the clouds in the wind / but I'm me. / One day I'll jump / out of my skin. / I'll shake the sky / like a hundred violins.

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros


“So many struggled so that all of us could have a voice in this great democracy and live up to the first three words of our constitution: We the people. I love that phrase so much. Throughout our country’s history, we’ve expanded the meaning of that phrase to include more and more of us. That’s what it means to move forward.”

20 Jan

I’m back after an unexpected hiatus. It seems appropriate to return with this quote from the beautiful Kerry Washington (always fangirling over her). Happy MLK Day :)

(photo by Ian Gavan – copyright 2013 Getty Images)
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“You must learn some of my philosophy. Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.”

9 Dec

Jane Austen (1775-1817), Pride and Prejudice (1813)

You’d be silly not to get hooked on some of these witty one-liners that Austen disperses throughout this novel. Or as Jane said it, “The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel [read: Pride and Prejudice], must be intolerably stupid.” She said it, not me!

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Happy 90th Birthday, Maria Callas! (1923-1977)

2 Dec

Happy 90th Birthday, Maria Callas! (1923-1977)

Google’s homepage just couldn’t get any more perfect than it is today.

Here’s a video of Callas singing Franz Schubert’s Ave Maria… Such a star. I don’t think Schubert imagined it being performed any more beautifully. Enjoy!

Emily Dickinson

30 Nov


“Sweet Pirate of the heart,
Not Pirate of the Sea,
What wrecketh thee?
Some spice’s Mutiny -
Some Attar’s perfidy?
Confide in me.”

American poet Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), c. 1882

(source: The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, ed. Thomas H. Johnson)


“Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.” (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling)

22 Nov

I love this link from Buzzfeed… “14 Profound Quotes from the Harry Potter Series.” These pretty much sum up the life lessons from my childhood.

J.K. Rowling’s mega-hit Harry Potter series is currently in the final round of Entertainment Weekly’s “Best Young Adult Novel of All Time” competition (it’s up against the beautifully written heartbreaker by John Green, The Fault in Our Stars, which practically turns its own pages it’s so good). It’s a tough choice… but you can vote for your favorite here:

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Ella Fitzgerald – “Summertime” from Porgy & Bess (Gershwin)

19 Nov

The Queen of Jazz sings one of Gershwin’s most popular songs, “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess.
I’m posting this hoping the weather will get warmer… Mayyyyybe it will work?


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