‘Date a girl who reads because you deserve it.’ – Rosemarie Urquico

A few months ago, Charles Warnke wrote an online article for the Thought Catalog, which, at first,  I described as rich with soppy romantic regret.  It’s rather beautifully written, if not unabashedly sexist and it’s called You Should Date an Illiterate Girl. Now, if you are even remotely a feminist, you will notice the sensation of…

Last night, a man hand-fed me with a story…

Last night, a man I have never met but known all my life, told me a story. He fed it to me in twenty-five, 140-character bite-sized morsels. There has never been a man who has done that for me before. Fed me with his words, with his own hand. This is that man.    …

Why I love… Naomi Shihab Nye

Hidden   If you place a fern under a stone the next day it will be nearly invisible as if the stone has swallowed it. If you tuck the name of a loved one under your tongue too long without speaking it it becomes blood sigh the little sucked-in breath of air hiding everywhere beneath…

Why I love… Charles Bukowski

There is enough treachery, hatred violence absurdity in the average human being to supply any given army on any given day and the best at murder are those who preach against it and the best at hate are those who preach love and the best at war finally are those who preach peace those who…

Don’t do to love what I do

‘Love – the great leveller. Love – the life-changer.’ –  Jeanette Winterson   ‘The most helpful thing I have learned in the last year or so is what I do when I am stressed or depressed or struggling or anxious – whatever, large or small. I will drive the thing round and round in my…

Relax by Ellen Bass

Bad things are going to happen. Your tomatoes will grow a fungus and your cat will get run over. Someone will leave the bag with the ice cream melting in the car and throw your blue cashmere sweater in the drier. Your husband will sleep with a girl your daughter’s age, her breasts spilling out…