Archive | May, 2014

Life Will Break You

31 May

Andrea's Apples blog

“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.” 
― Louise ErdrichThe Painted Drum LP

Dishes #thelowland #jhumpalahiri

29 May

dishes_0021 blog

“On weekdays, as soon as she picked Bela from the bus stop and brought her home, she went straight into the kitchen, washing up the morning dishes she’d ignored, then getting dinner started. She measured out the nightly cup of rice, letting it soak in a pan on the counter. She peeled onions and potatoes and picked through lentils and prepared another night’s dinner, then fed Bela. She was never able to understand why this relatively unchallenging set of chores felt so relentless. When she was finished, she did not understand why they had depleted her.” 

― Jhumpa Lahiri, The Lowland

Sweet You Ramble

27 May

Sweet you ramble sweet you roll

Through the bedrock of my soul

Peel that fruit back and give me some

Let this evening do what it does

I’m gearing up to get small

I do it big or don’t do it at all.

— Jakob Dylan from the song All Day and All Night,

2008 album Seeing Things

Igniting Gladness

25 May

“She felt that she was in danger of igniting.

She feared she might die of gladness.”

— Elizabeth Gilbert from her book The Signature of All Things

Forgiveness and Art

23 May

“Forgiveness.  The ability to forgive oneself.  Stop here for a few breaths and think about this because it is the key to making art, and very possibly the key to finding any semblance of happiness in life.”

— Ann Patchett

Head to Hand

19 May

 “The journey from the head to hand is

perilous and lined with bodies.”

— Ann Patchett


17 May


“Whoever said that money can’t buy happiness, simply didn’t know where to go shopping.”

–Bo Derek

Public domain photograph created on October 14, 1907. From the Library of Congress.


15 May

A Vase of Flowers Artist: Margareta Haverman (Dutch, active by 1716–died 1722 or later) Date: 1716 Medium: Oil on wood

“Nature, in her limitlessness, has no concern for the boundaries of our mortal imaginations.”

– Elizabeth Gilbert, The Signature of All Things

Painting from the Metropolitan Museum of Art

War At Home

13 May

“The most urgent war is always the one fought at home.”

From Elizabeth Gilbert’s book The Signature of All Things

Happy Mother’s Day! #mothersday

11 May

stamp368 blog

I love these silly stamps that a friend of mine used to put on 1980’s letters to me!

Will It Grow?

10 May
Gustave Caillebotte (French, Paris 1848–1894 Gennevilliers) Chrysanthemums in the Garden at Petit-Gennevilliers, 1893 Oil on canvas; 38 5/8 × 23 1/2 in. (98 × 59.8 cm) The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of The Honorable John C. Whitehead, 2014 (TR.580.2014)

Gustave Caillebotte (French, Paris 1848–1894 Gennevilliers)
Chrysanthemums in the Garden at Petit-Gennevilliers, 1893
Oil on canvas; 38 5/8 × 23 1/2 in. (98 × 59.8 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

“I made a promise to not let go

Our tug of war has only made me want you more

Steeped in hard luck and doomed to roam

My love is braver than you know

Jet black starlit midnight rolls

I am down in the garden where I let go.”

Lyrics from Will It Grow by Jakob Dylan from the 2008 album Seeing Things

Cats on Doughnuts #cats

8 May

cat shirt_1695 blog

My son did not want to buy this shirt, and I would not have let him.  But his friend did buy it!  It’s hilarious and if you want one, perhaps it can still be found at JC Penney.

Silverware #silverware

6 May

silverware_1700 blog

My beautiful son
Puts away the silverware
It’s all in a jumble
I don’t care.

— Critic Housewife

Woman in Mirror

4 May

The Penitent Magdalen Artist: Georges de La Tour (French, Vic-sur-Seille 1593–1653 Lunéville) Date: ca. 1640 Medium: Oil on canvas

“The bathroom mirror has not budged.

The woman who lives there can tell the truth

From the stuff they say,

And looks me in the eye –

Says, “Do you prefer the easy way?

No? Well, OK then – don’t cry.”

Make You Feel My Love #bobdylan

2 May

couple kissing drawing 373 blog

When the rain
Is blowing in your face
And the whole world
Is on your case
I could offer you
A warm embrace
To make you feel my love
When the evening shadows
And the stars appear
And there is no one there
To dry your tears
I could hold you
For a million years
To make you feel my love
I know you
Haven’t made
Your mind up yet
But I would never
Do you wrong
I’ve known it
From the moment
That we met
No doubt in my mind
Where you belong
I’d go hungry
I’d go black and blue and
I’d go crawling
Down the avenue
You Know there’s nothing
That I wouldn’t do
To make you feel my love
The storms are raging
On the rolling sea
And on the highway of regret
The winds of change
Are blowing wild and free
You ain’t seen nothing
Like me yet
I could make you happy
Make your dreams come true
Nothing that I wouldn’t do
Go to the ends
Of the Earth for you
To make you feel my love, To make you feel my love

Lyrics by Bob Dylan, 1997

(Thanks to my lovely sister, R., for this drawing.)

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