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Category: Quotes

“Remember the rule: Treat a woman like a person…



Sonder: The Realization that Everyone Has a Story

n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.

From the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows


Honoring Terry Pratchett

Sorry I haven’t been posting much lately. School and medical stuff has kept me busy. I had to do a post though for Terry Pratchett, who just died. He brought a lot of wonderful books to the world.

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My personal recommendations are Good Omens, The Long Earth, and the movie Going Postal (based on his book):

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His Discworld books have been recommended to me, though I’ve only read one. If you are interested in reading them, you’ll find this useful:


RIP, Terry Pratchett, and thanks for the stories.

“A novel worth reading…

“A novel worth reading is an education of the heart. It enlarges your sense of human possibility, of what human nature is, of what happens in the world. It’s a creator of inwardness.”
— Susan Sontag, The Art of Fiction No. 143 (via bookshavepores) from LoftLiteraryCenter on Tumblr

“But I don’t want small talk…

“But I don’t want small talk. Text me, and without saying hello, tell me why you got so angry at your sister this morning. Tell me why you have a scar shaped like Europe on the left side of your neck. Send me paragraphs about the time you spent at your grandmother’s house that one summer. Call me when I’m half asleep and tell me why you believe in God. Tell me about the first time you saw your dad cry. Go on for hours about things that may not seem important because I promise that I’ll be hanging on to every word you say. Tell me everything. I don’t want someone who just talks about the weather.”
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“Who we are and who we become depends…

“Who we are and who we become depends, in part, on whom we love.”
– A General Theory of Love


Found at Brain Pickings here.

Hand-Written Writing Advice

Sorry for the pun.

Neil Gaiman’s advice:


Kit Reed:


Garth Nix:


Karin Tidbeck:


More here on blogspot and here on buzzfeed.

“We are all in the gutter…

“Shame feels the same for men and women…

“Shame feels the same for men and women, but it’s organized by gender. For women, the best example I can give you is Enjoli, the commercial: ‘I can put the wash on the line, pack the lunches, hand out the kisses and be at work at five to nine. I can bring home the bacon, fry it up in the pan and never let you forget you’re a man.’ For women, shame is do it all, do it perfectly and never let them see you sweat. I don’t know how much perfume that commercial sold, but I guarantee you, it moved a lot of antidepressants and anti-anxiety meds. Shame, for women, is this web of unobtainable, conflicting, competing expectations about who we’re supposed to be. And it’s a straight-jacket. For men, shame is not a bunch of competing, conflicting expectations. Shame is one, do not be perceived as what? Weak.”

– Brené Brown, TED talk Listening to Shame

“He had never blamed the wolves…

“He had never blamed the wolves for what they had done. He had never gone to war with them. The wolves had only acted according to their natures, after all. Only humans can choose to change what they are, and change is treacherous.”

Quote from The Painted Drum by Louise Erdrich (a book I highly recommend)

Image from here