Friday, May 11, 2012

"Oh Lord, grant that I shall never seek so much to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, or to be loved as to love with all my heart"
-Cpl. Eugene Roe

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Measuring Spoon

"You can live yourself to death. or you can save your life and live longer."- Mr.

I'm angry because the app erased my saved post last night, so I can really write all that I wanted to say. but I just love this quote, and I hope you like it as much as I do.


Friday, May 4, 2012


haha, here's one for a good laugh : )

"Just because you have the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn't mean we all have." 
-H.P and the Order of the Phoenix 

and another (more serious):
"We're all human, aren't we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving." 
-H.P and the Deathly Hallows

sooo many beautiful words J.K Rowling conjured up. I really think if there's one thing that will shine through the ages more than the trio (Harry, Hermione, and Ron) is the philosophy Rowling wove throughout the text. 

Thursday, May 3, 2012


"April hath put a spirit of youth in everything."- William Shakespeare

Now I know it's not April anymore, but I still feel like this quite applies. As I was driving today I realized just how much greener the world had become. h


Tuesday, May 1, 2012


Uncle Iroh: "Would you like a pot of tea?"
Zuko: "We've been working in a tea shop all day. I'm sick of tea!"
Uncle Iroh: "Sick of tea? That's like being sick of breathing!" 

hahaha... this scene always gets me. i am fascinated with how much Iroh loves tea... every time i wonder what to drink now, i go for the tea... then i think of this quotation : )

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Ruined for the Month of May

"What you don't understand, you can make mean anything."-Diary
Chuck Palahniuk

I'm halfway through this book, and just like his other book I read (Choke) its making me hate everyone and everything. Its like this horrible horrible trade off. Like selling your soul to the devil. or taking a hit of cocaine. you just know that it's not going to work out for you. you just know that it's not healthy to look at life the way he explains it. but my god, I don't think I adore anyone's writing style more than his. it's like a physical drug, the feeling you get from reading. it's so difficult to understand, so impossible to explain. but I cannot, in good conscious, recommend you Diary. it is possibly one of the best books I have ever read, but I will not tell you to read it. because, like all of his books, you have to be prepared. you have to be ready to feel like the world is an unfair place.

what he does is makes you unable to trust anyone. the narrators a liar, maybe. who knows? they're all liars anyways. everyone's a liar. even you are a liar. (when you begin to think of yourself as the narrator, the only fair person in the world, you suddenly realize your no better than anyone else). everyones full of bullshit. but that's not a bad thing.

I don't know. it's difficult to explain the feeling, but I am simultaneously loving and hating the way I feel right now.

like he says in this book, we'd rather feel those intense emotions rather than feel nothing. Misty wouldn't love him if she wasnt torturing him.

all I know is that i still haven't gotten to the plot twist (which, when I read choke made me feel like there was no point in the world) yet and I still feel like life is pointless.

the mere fact that I feel this intensely during reading a *book*, *a made up story*, shows how well he writes. if you decide to read it, just be prepared to be ruined for the month.


Saturday, April 28, 2012

wise words

"The most important thing is that we confront our fears. If we don't, they can throw us out of balance"- Tenzin (Avatar Aang's son, The Legend of Korra)

just some really nice wise words. he's my favorite character so far... haha. i think its because he reminds me of Katara. i want to write down so much from this show : D


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Little Universes

"At any given moment it seems theres a million separate universes going on." Mr. Barkin

I have been debating whether or not to put one of my poetry teacher's on here. He's a genius and I am always inspired by whatever he shows me. I have about a million quotes from him that hopefully I will be posting here.


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

the question

"Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer."

-Rainer Maria Rilke, 1903

We kinda studied the 'existentialism'-ness of this quotation in class one day... but it stuck with me. recently, it appeared in a book i was reading called "The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating" (its a charming book, truly!) but i realize i've been doing this more and more, and i find it important to do... which is just to wait for the answer, listen to the universe. in time, everything has its purpose... the stars align, or they don't, and if they don't, well then, that's a sign, too. its a patience game, like when you strum a guitar, carefully pulling down each string. in the lull there is power too, and so much space and energy. i want to listen to that space as well as the actual note.

its like the journey is the destination, eh? there is no destination without the journey, because you can't just arrive at your own doorstep if you're already standing there. 


Monday, April 23, 2012

The Best Way to Describe It.

"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit at a typewriter and bleed."-Ernest Hemingway

there is no better way to say it, honestly.


Saturday, April 21, 2012

invisible strings

"Funny, what invisible strings connect us all" -monk in Avatar: The Last Airbender

I always go back to this quotation in my mind... thinking more and more that coincidence is minor, and that fate is a web that connects us all. like a collective fate. nothing pre-ordained, just tugged on and updated, like when strings in a web get pulled and the spider knows.

had one of those moments the other day, thats why this popped into my head again!

aryion-- i will give it a shot!! (once i finish my book list : ) )


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

To be in Love with Yourself

"In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it's wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices."-Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat Pray Love

Before any judgmental notions pop into your brain let me tell you; this book is amazing. The writing is witty and very personal, and it is like we go on that journey of self-fulfillment with her. I feel that oftentimes we get lost trying to live in this world and sometimes we just need to pause and brush off the old spirituality once in a while. The stigma of popularity follows this book, and I myself thought it was one of those 'housewife' reads, but it was wonderful, and I am glad it is in my life now. Thank you, Elizabeth Gilbert. Thank you and thank you and thank you.

Abi, I feel like you'd really like this book and I may or may not be giving it to you the next time we meet.


Tuesday, April 17, 2012


"If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairytales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairytales." -Albert Einstein

love : ) its true... i think a lot of what our culture is based off of, well, the processes that make cultural evolution possible, are found in the very means of legend, folklore, and myth. and they add a bit more magic to everyday life.

i'm really liking this quotation as i read more and more children's stories... finding that every story is apart of the narrative (and i'd like to contribute to that)


Saturday, April 14, 2012

Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes

"You see, Doctor, God didn't kill that little girl. Fate didn't butcher her and destiny did not feed her to those dogs. If god saw what any of us did that night he didn't seem to mind. From then on I knew... God didn't make the world this way. We do."- Watchmen

Alan Moore is depressing. He's kind of cynical and such. But he's just like Chuck Pala-something, he's a great writer. Anyone who can win a Pulitzer for a comic book means he'll be on my favorites list.
This is from watchmen, but I also highly recommend V for Vendetta.

Who watches the Watchmen?

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Fredrik Gertten

"When you have mighty enemies, it's good to have many friends"
 -Fredrik Gertten

*ahem* i was just about to blog, ar! haha.

So I just came back from the Environmental Film Festival at Yale, and i've seen like 3 screenings so far. tonight though was by far my favorite film, a film called Big Boys Gone Bananas!, an amazing sequel to Gertten's first documentary Bananas, that filmed the legal battle between Nicaraguan banana farmers and Dole fruit company, and the pesticide use that was causing medical issues and beyond to these workers.

When Gertten and his small company of 4, based in Sweden, were about to launch their first film at the L.A film festival, Dole WENT BANANAS. I mean, they flipped out-- they emailed, and sent notices, and subtle threats to everyone related to this film, even to the L.A film festival organization. long story short, he did get to play his documentary there, but Dole filed a suit right after.

Big Boys Gone Bananas! chronicles Gertten's unwillingness to give in to the corporate scheme. i had the opportunity to watch the film alongside Gertten, the director. afterwards he spoke. preceding the screening and interview, he said the quotation above.

i think its so important to stand up to the powers that be. its amazing how the crowd reacted to the ending of the movie, which i won't ruin.

but everyone burst into applause, and stood up and everything. we really do salute truth, and this guy told it.

boycott Dole! (and stick up for independent documentarians)


In a Four Dollar Room

Abi's been a bit bogged down lately so I figured I'd help her out! This one is straight out of... The Twilight Zone (doo doo doo do doo doo doo do).

"Live 'till tomorrow and that's how it ends."- The Twilight Zone

Truth is I really like this show. Rod Serling was fantastic. Oftentimes the plot twists are disgustingly easy to recognize but all I care about is the dialogue and the acting. The acting is a bit overdramatic (although it tends to be on the female side for some reason) but seriously, the way he writes they could give the script to a five year old and it would still give you goosebumps.

The title of this post is part of the episode I got the quote from, and it really puts an emphasis on acting and dialogue, since for twenty five minutes a man has a battle with his conscious.

Stay fantastical!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A Feeling

"I swear to you, there are divine things more beautiful than words can tell."- Walt Whitman

I've been thinking a lot about art and such, wondering why we still feel that our physical world is more beautiful now that there is sound that is more defined, picture more crisp and clear than real life.
Its because we can't get that 'feeling' that life brings you. I can't even explain what that feeling is, and I guess that's what old Walt here was getting at.

Be a Pioneer,

Sunday, April 8, 2012

I hope

“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.”

-F Scott Fitzgerald.

this is my moto forever now... Its ok that you missed your scholarship deadline, Ar... you can always begin afresh : )

you can always just be the person you want to be. or write the book you want to read. We can all take a breath, and step forwards and be courageous. And I'm so ready to keep going... so, huzzah to a tomorrow, and to a today... I'm feeling so grateful for it all.


Saturday, April 7, 2012

To Fly Away

"I always wonder why
birds stay
in the same place
when they can fly
anywhere on Earth.
Then I ask myself
the same question."
-Harun Yahya

I missed a scholarship deadline. I know its not the end of the world but it just has me thinking how I plan on acting toward my future goals.

Sometimes I wish I could fly away, and this little poem simplifies life to the point where you can.

Kind of romantic, isn't it?

Friday, April 6, 2012

Found on Olympus... and Manhattan?

"... I wasn't sure what I saw in his face. There was no clear sign of love or approval. Nothing to encourage me. It was like looking at the ocean: some days, you could tell what mood it was in. Most days, though, it was unreadable, mysterious." 
-Percy Jackson, The Lighting Thief, page 341

so i just finished The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, and am totally in love with the "Percy Jackson & the Olympians" series. i thought at first that the tone of the novel was a bit flat, sometimes percy would say things and i would be wondering how he developed as a character to say that thing... but then riordan kicks it up a notch, and his writing flourishes towards the middle and closing of the book.

i was impressed by the tone of his narrator, which is percy. it is funny, whole heartedly individual, and enjoyably boisterous. but riordan isn't afraid to mix in his authorial voice.

i loved this quotation because, well, its true. and because each time percy encounters his father, poseidon, he has these really great thoughts.

thank the gods this book exists!


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Teen Years

"I feel like to be 'in love' cannot happen until you don't love anyone at all"- Heather Flinn

Hello! It's been a bit! Wanted to keep my submission until the end of the day because I traveled to the MoMA today! It was my first time going and I really enjoyed it, although per usual I am more apt to like the art styles the Met has created. (Although I am wholly and entirely infatuated with design an typeface). While on the bus there I was talking with one of my friends and somehow we ended up on the topic of love. We both have similar views about the thing.

I believe that there is different types of love, but the version I attribute the word to has to do with companionship. I feel like love is like having a sibling, that you can't love them without having to hate them with all your might at one point and still want to live with the person.

When she said the quote above it really hit me, it was exactly what I feel like about the topic. It makes me happy that I've now put a sentence to the feeling because I hate to have society fill in the blank for me.

I 'love' Rothko!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012


"Lastly, a very special thanks to my characters, who bravely face the dangers I force them to confront, and without whom I wouldn't have a story.

May your swords stay sharp!"
-Christopher Paolini.

I was re-reading Eragon (best book ever) and flipping through the pages when I found the author's acknowledgments at the end. As a kid, I wouldn't have really read these, but I find now that they are very quite interesting.

Where do characters come from? They are our imagination, but sometimes they just seem to appear in our heads, as real as ever (heh, what is real anyhow?). Its a strange thing, but in the mind of an author, they are just as real as you or I; they have motivations, fears; they love, they burn with anger. We make them confront things we would be frightened to confront, and we have them learn things that people wouldn't normally learn in day to day life. I was thrilled when Paolini acknowledged this basic current of creative writing... because I am sure his characters really did, apart from Paolini, move the story along.

The scary thing is having your characters die... I heard its really hard. Or having them be emotionally hurt. Its interesting, its like feeling your characters' pain inside of you when they get hurt. Its fascinating how authors move around with their characters.


may your swords stay sharp!


Saturday, March 31, 2012

Answers To Nothing

"Every heart whispers a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back."- Plato

Felt like being romantic today. So far its raining were we live which means I don't have to go into work. I found this quote in my phone, I had taken a picture of a card one time during valentines day. There is two other quotes that are just as sweet but I will save them for another rainy day (pun intended).
First of all I get a kick out of the fact that Plato said this. We've been talking about the Allegory of The Cave in my humanities class, and it just seems like this guy (including all of the Greek-era philosophers) are just able to make things so simple. Neitzsche? Kant? They make my head spin. But Plato...

No. He's got the answers.

Ps. does that mean I've been using the idea of Platonic Love wrong?

whisper whisper,

Thursday, March 29, 2012

La Valse d'Amelie

All right. Amelie, my girl. You don't have glass bones like me-- you can knock against life. 
If you let this opportunity slip away, then, as time goes by, it's your heart that will become  as dry and fragile as my bones. 
So. Go for it! For Christ's sake! 
- Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amelie Poulain

Opportunity for life is worth running out the door for, even if it means you have to stop yourtears from falling into the scones you are baking... 
even though that is good therapy sometimes : )

God. I love that movie : )


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Lacking in Responsibility

So it seems I forgot to post yesterday. And I almost missed today! But after a long search I have found my quote: it is from a website that I would very much like to share with you-

For the people who know, it is a lot like post secret. I'll share two of my favorites.

Have a wonderful Windsday!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Sheep Lice Don't Write So Much

"Good writing is about telling the truth. We are a species that needs and wants to understand who we are. Sheep lice do not seem to share this longing which is one reason they write so very little. But we do." -Anne Lamott

I love Anne Lamott. Shes funny, insightful, and really knows what shes talking about when it comes to words and writing. Behind this whimsy, is some powerful truth. We really do want to know... in eachother and in the human narrative, we find ourselves. No matter how fictional a story is, if it tells the truth, that will be the story that stays with us.

Its unfortunate that sheep lice don't write; I woulda liked to read their point of view... their truth would probably be black and white though, and pretty dang woolly.


Sunday, March 25, 2012

Summer Lasts Longer Here (But Still Has to End)

"Narrator: If Tom had learned anything... it was that you can't ascribe great cosmic significance to a simple earthly event. Coincidence, that's all anything ever is, nothing more than coincidence... Tom had finally learned, there are no miracles. There's no such thing as fate, nothing is meant to be. He knew, he was sure of it now."- 500 Days of Summer

I love this movie, so much. Seriously. Go watch it. It made a cynic outta me but also gave me a kind of hope. Free will is so much better than being bounded by fate. I couldn't choose between my favorites so here's two more.

"Paul: Robin is better than the girl of my dreams. She's real."

"Rachel Hansen: Just because she likes the same bizzaro crap you do doesn't mean she's your soul mate."

Keep your head up; love is not all you have to live for.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Samwise the Brave

"The one small garden of a free gardener was all his need and due, not a garden swollen to a realm; his own hands to use, not the hand of others to command."
-- J.R.R Tolkien on Samwise Gamgee

ah, where to begin on Tolkien? i wouldn't know where to begin-- there's just too much! but focusing on this quotation, i love this sustainability theme he throws in. i mean, its more about what coercive evil destroys (the individual having a place in the world), but its so cute to see that samwise represents all that is good and green. he is rooted, and finds power to be unattractive. he relies more on his own sense of direction to cultivate meaning in his life than a direction dictated by something bigger than himself. in that, he actually plays a complex and fascinating role. 

and its so relevant in today's world. corporate farming in america is at an all time high, as machines and money create a garden swollen to a realm of politics and ploys... then we have the resistance: the local farming, the small scale farming. that vulnerability is what makes it beautiful. 

i have to say, samwise is one of my favorite characters for that reason.


Friday, March 23, 2012

To an Early Grave

"if only if only the woodpecker sighs
the bark on the tree was as soft as the skies
the wolf waits below hungry and lonely
and cries to the moon if only if only"

I'll be honest with you, I wasnt much of a reader in grade school. I distinctly remember falling out of love with reading around fourth grade, most likely after the magic treehouse books went triple digits. I was nothing like I am now.

The bad thing about this is now I have to hide my shame as I conceal grade school books behind newspapers. The Harry Potter books were not as disappointing (because every ten year old was positive they were a wizard.) I needed some catching up to do.

The good thing that came out of it was that the little books I did read had a great impression on me. I read everything Kate Dicamillo wrote. I reread a book about dogs that Avi wrote (for now the name escapes me).

And I read Louis Sachar. Holes was one of those childhood books that I held close to my heart. So thanks to all of you sixth grade writers, to you I will owe an early death of over reading and under moving.


Thursday, March 22, 2012


"I've had sunshine, I've had coffee... It's beautiful. What more can you want?"
I overheard someone on the phone speaking the other day and she was saying this to the person on the other line. I was astounded at the calmness in her voice, the sincerity in her description of a beautiful day. I really enjoy hearing things like this... It gives me a searing hope that we really are grateful and loving towards the simple things in life.

I am so grateful for the sunshine... And even more grateful for the crickets that make such a loud hugging hum in the evening; the soft quiet sweat on a summer night (een though it's still spring...) it's just something I've always felt comfortable with... It's very human to be comforted by the heat. And coming from a night owl... That's a lot:)

- abigayel

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Thoughts Like ee Wrote Them

"If mostpeople were to be born again they'd improbably call it dying."- ee cummings

I used to wish that I never saw his face because his poems, to me, were not made by a person. They're like a conscious stream of thought before they reach a person's mouth and ruin it by speaking words. He is like an entity, because he exists in everyone.

his imagery wondermakes
(and somehow i misshimalready)


Sunday, March 18, 2012

To Be... Love

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.” 
-C.S Lewis

Perhaps it is because I've just read something very sad in a book, but I was particularly touched by what Aryion wrote. and I needed to post something that means a remarkable much to me, too. i've written about the concept of love and vulnerability for pages and pages in my journal... 

ah, the greats: Lewis and Seuss. they recommend genuine love and weirdness to truly be sustainable and individual beings-- that sounds very lovely to me-- how about you, Ar? : )


Searching for Sameness

I've been feeling odd recently. Not quite cynical but hovering very close to the edge of it, maybe even a little sad. All the things that are so important to me, all the things that I think define me; my choice in music, my clothes, the things that I love, it seems like everyone else loves them too. I don't know, I just feel.... weird. Everyone in our generation seems to be desperate to be singled out and yet to connect with someone. It's always been like that for everybody forever, it's just that these social medias make the magnitude unfathomable.

I can't explain it.

I guess I'm just feeling like this because I never really thought about the reason why I love these things, why I rave about them to friends and why I have the logo screenprinted to my shirt. I'm the same as everyone else in my generation.

I don't know why it saddens me. (Maybe it's because what defines me no longer carries meaning anymore?)

"We are a little weird and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love."- Dr. Seuss

The quote kinds of sums up what I've been feeling upon this revelation. The thought of 'mutual weirdness' charms me. Sorry to bum any of your readers out, just felt like typing my thoughts on something.

Does 'be yourself' sound too cliche?

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Nobody but Yourself.

i was supposed to be done for the night... but then i had a panic thing and i forgot i didn't post!! 

"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting." e.e. cummings

being selfful, fully aware of what/who we are. 

coming from none other than the man who was as individual as you can be : )


Tumblr Theif!

Quote in the form of a picture! I love this quote, it's like a culmination of every childhood cultural experience.


Friday, March 16, 2012

Hit the Target

"Affix to the bow the sharp arrow of devotional worship; then, with mind absorbed and heart melted in love, draw the arrow and hit the mark-- the imperishable Absolute." -- Mundaka Upanishad

This quotation is a pretty personal one... in that it means so much to me and it is one of those forces in my head when I go to do anything in my life. Its funny, because I've always been drawn to archery-- like super drawn. As a kid, it was my dream to be a bow-and-arrow slingin' bandit. Then, when I was 11 or so and the Lord of the Rings movie came out... and you can imagine, all I wanted to be was Legolas! Its just always been apart of me... so that idea, the concept of archery as a mental and physical concentration melded with the idea of truth, the Absolute, is really appealing to me. especially since my sister wrote it on my 18th birthday card...



Thursday, March 15, 2012

Abarat (Also Known as: Abarat)

"Perhaps a wiser eye than hers would be able to read tomorrow in tonight's stars, but where was the fun in that? It was better not to know." - Clive Barker

I don't remember a lot of kids talking about this book. Whenever my friend turned to whisper it was always 'You read the Harry Potter book, right?' or they begin raving about the Shades in Eragon.

Now don't get me wrong, I love those books. But I did read something about islands that were hours and a magical world that is as well described as it is odd.
I practically blew the dust off if Abarat earlier this morning to rediscover that magic of fifth grade again.
I suggest you read it even if youre older; the style is actually rather adult. But please read it.

Maybe we could all be like Candy one day,


Tuesday, March 13, 2012


"I am not afraid. I was born to do this." 
-Joan d'Arc

this is... wow. talk about accepting everything the universe has ever presented you with and channeling your energy. i admire that she defended human life, while offering her own, and offering a judgement on war. 

all the pieces must fit together. its empowering once we begin to see this. this woman was extraordinary. 


Monday, March 12, 2012

The End of the Book

"She had blue skin
And so did he.
He kept it hid
And so did she.
They searched for blue
Their whole life through,
Then passed right by-
And never knew"- Shel Silverstien

I love simplicity. Children's books, to me, are like the simplified answers to the world, forgoing all the stupid complexity we build up around our lives. The language was simpler, so only the important stuff was needed. It's so sad he died before he could continue introducing truths to children.

Now for one of my favorites secrets that I didn't discover until I was older: the end of the book poem.

"The end of the book-
No use to look
For any more, my dear,
'cause if you try finding
Some more in the binding,
You may just...disappear."

Remember Grammar school!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Don't Lose Him

"I don't want to lose the boy with the bread." 
-Katniss Everdeen
From the wonderful The Hunger Games. 

*possible spoiler alert* I just love this sentence that becomes a motif in the book. It gets modified, and becomes a really important idea for Katniss as she ventures through to The Hunger Games and when she finds Peeta, finally, when he is battered and feverish. 

Its so sweet, and I think it conveys a lot about what she's feeling, because she doesn't really voice her exact thoughts ever. I think this convey's a lot of what she's feeling, and where she's been. Its a really lovely display of word choice and syntax; so simple, yet so thoughtful.


Saturday, March 10, 2012

the only Verdict is Vengence

"I'm merely pointing out the paradox of asking a masked man who he is."- V for Vendetta

The movie resonates with me. I want everyone to see it. I want to read the comics so bad. I've read Watchmen and I love Alan Moore's writing. He's such an interesting writer, albeit a bit depressing.

Don't let me catch you blowing up parliament now...



I forgot to post last night... here it is! 

"No, my soul is not asleep.
It is awake, wide awake.
It neither sleeps nor dreams, but watches,
its eyes wide open
far-off things, and listens
at the shores of the great silence."
-Antonio Macado

My sister wrote this on a birthday card she gave me. It resonates so deeply... and the language is really quite lovely. 


Thursday, March 8, 2012

A Matter of Pride

For now I will go with my favorite line that I have discovered so far.

"To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love"

Hello again! This quote, I have decided (finally), needs to be from one of my favorite books, Pride and Prejudice. To me, the book is like a fanasty novel the way their world is described. I could not think of a better story and though I can rarely explain why I am so besotted with this story I am just enchanted by the events. Abi knows all about my love for this book (I have a total of three copies; one I got as a present, one in a fancy anthology, and one that is so weatherbeaten I've just decided to highlight my favorite lines.) I wish I had better words to explain why, because if someone came up to me with an argument against Jane Auesten I'd find it hard to repute (but that is only because of my lack of eloquence).

Until then I shall see you in two days!
Keep dancing!


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

C.S Lewis, a child's heart

"When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been seen found doing so. Now that I am fifty, I read them openly. When I became a man, I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up."

-C.S Lewis

this is so fantastic. it reminds me to never lose the innocence and fascination of childhood that sends us snuffling into all corners of fairy tales and lore. well said C.S Lewis! 


"I hate quotations" -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Most of the while, I probably have something along the lines of Elijah Wood (his acting, and adorable eyes), Tolkien's writing, the 1800s, and social activism on my mind. I love finding lines in songs that serendipitously coincide with how I feel, simultaneously explaining a massively confunding philosophical theory I have brewing in my head (they still remain a mystery).

Most of all I like collecting my notes, and quotations (duh!), and I love daydreaming that I am a gardening Hobbit, at the same time a writer, and at the same same time, Elizabeth Bennet, or along the lines of someone very cool from her time.

and I like to create change, I like the feel of it. So I thought the Heartfelt Diaries might be a cool place where people can find, well, heartfelt, or even sometimes outlandish-- but none-the-less special quotations-- found by none other than myself or Aryion. and speaking of Aryion, if we read these introductions years down the line, and are still working on this blog, that would make me smile a thousand times over. I hope this will be an ever-growing thread of our friendship.

Since people normally read introductions far down the line of a blog, I'll end now and tell you to enjoy if you are taking a peek!

much love to all, as always,

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Peter Pan- a Shadow of Youth

I was first introduced to Peter Pan visually. I saw the Disney movie when I was little. So little, in fact, that I don't quite remember the age. It is just ingrained in my memory like I had lived it. It was only recently that I read the book and I HIGHLY suggest it. It reads just as I would imagine a Disney movie would. Innocent. It has child-like wonder with a kind of obsession with youth. The art of the first movie, though it isn't my favorite (totally love Mary Blair 'Alice in Wonderland' concept art), is impressive with the idea that it was animated in the 50's.

"Do you know, why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories."
J.M. Barrie always makes me want to climb trees and fight with wooden swords. 

Next- Abigayel's introduction!

Until then, leave your window open. Peter Pan has a habit of coming in unannounced.


The First Joke and other Important Happenings

Introductions aren't my thing. Nothing I say sounds clever enough. More often than not I resort to bad puns or awfully 'deep' imagery that makes even the most patient person roll their eyes. So sitting here at this computer screen, waiting to slip under my covers, I figured my best approach would be to be honest. So here I am, in all honesty.
I have no words to explain myself. But maybe that's the best explanation of all. I classify myself as a culture-enthusiast. It's difficult for someone to find a topic I don't know anything about. I read (the title of this post is from The Magician's Nephew). I draw. I write.
My friend will be posting here tomorrow, making her introduction and posting her quote. I can only imagine how awful mine will sound next to her eloquent words, but I digress.
My 'quote post' is next!
Until then, adieu!