Thursday, June 10, 2021

Quotable Thursday

 Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.

---Ralph Waldo Emerson



Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Bibliophile's Journal---Blood and Honey by Shelby Mahurin

 


The sequel to Serpent and Dove continues the journey of Lou, Reid, Coco and Ansel, now fugitives, looking for allies to aid in their battle with the queen witch. In her desperation, Lou turns to a darker side of magic, straining her relationships with those she loves most.

The sequel delves deeper into Lou's relationship with her powers and the lengths she will go to to protect her loved ones even at the cost of losing herself. It also explores Reid's struggle to accept his relationship with magic and his determination to protect Lou from her darker impulses.

---"Pretty lies or ugly truth?"

---"...you owe no one unconditional love...when a person brings you more hurt than happiness, you're allowed to let them go. You do not have to follow them into the dark."


Thursday, June 3, 2021

Quotable Thursday

Time heals all wounds.

"No. Time never exists in its own. It's what happens in it. You have to give it meaning. You have to shape it."

---Esther Perel



Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Bibliophile's Journal--The Hot Young Widows Club by Nora McInerny

 


This book is an expansion on the author's TED talk regarding grieving the loss of her father from cancer, the miscarriage of her second child, and the loss of her husband from cancer in a matter of weeks.

This book, along with the TED talk, definitely helped me feel more on solid ground with some of the more insane moments and feelings I was having after the death of my husband in a motorcycle accident.

Quotes from the book

---Grief is sadness, but it's also an unscratchable itch, an insatiable hunger, and unsoothable ache. It is an extreme discomfort that's both spiritual and physical.

---We all see different things in different people. Seeing our loved ones through someone else's eyes is like seeing a whole new version of them.

---A common adage is that "time heals all wounds". It is true physically,...It is not true mentally, or emotionally....Time had not healed that wound, and it never will. If you're still sad, that's because it's still real. They are still real. Time can change you, and it will. But it can't change them, and it won't.

---We do not move on from the dead people we love, or the difficult situations we've lived through. We move forward, but we carry it all with us...We are shaped by the people we love, and we are shaped by their loss....this is a sad thing, and always will be.




Thursday, May 27, 2021

Quotable Thursday

 "Enjoy the little things in life....For one day you'll look back and realize they were the big things."



Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Bibliophile's Journal--Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman


 

Einstein is finishing his special theory of relativity. What were his dreams like in those last months? The author writes 30 fables of theoretical realms of time as 30 dreams that Einstein had during those months.

I was enchanted by this book and have it displayed in my living room. It is so whimsical and entertaining but also expanded my mind about how I think of the concepts I take for concrete ideas. Made me want to open my mind and think in new ways even if they seem magical.

---[from the story where people lose all memory each morning] For it is only habit and memory that dulls the physical passion. Without memory, each night is the first night, each morning is the first morning, each kiss and touch are the first. A world without memory is a world of the present.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Quotable Thursday

 "After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music."

---Aldous Huxley