Category Archives: 2012

12 APRIL 2014 : the sun you wore like a scarf on your wrist has vanished. —Sarah Holland-Batt


The Art of Disappearing


“I like the stars. It’s the illusion of permanence, I think. I mean, they’re always flaring up and caving in and going out. But from here, I can pretend…I can pretend that things last. I can pretend that lives last longer than moments. Gods come, and gods go. Mortals flicker and flash and fade. Worlds don’t last; and stars and galaxies are transient, fleeting things that twinkle like fireflies and vanish into cold and dust. But I can pretend…”

― Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 7: Brief Lives

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APRIL 3 2012 : Farming, letter writing, worship and the tightening of your horse’s girth.” these are things you should do yourself, however many servants you have.

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“HOUSE MOVING.” The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 – 1954) 19 Aug 1936: 7 Supplement: Woman’s Realm.


when moving house, if you tie a label on to each piece of furniture bearing the name of the room it is to occupy, the removers will be able to carry on without mistakes.

See that electric light fittings are installed before you move in. It is a blow to find two ends of wire poking through the ceiling when you arrive.’ ‘

Work will go with a swing it you make a cup of tea; so arrange for the crate containing cups, teapot, etc., to be put in the van last and taken out


JANUARY 12 2013 : “I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls. They always say because it’s such a beautiful animal. There you go. I think my mother is attractive, but I have photographs of her.” Ellen DeGeneres


“The distinction between sanity and insanity is narrower than a razor’s edge, sharper than a hound’s tooth, more agile than a mule deer. It is more elusive than the merest phantom. Perhaps it does not even exist; perhaps it is a phantom. ”

Philip K. Dick, VALIS

DECEMBER 31 2012 : “The greatest thing about dreams is they don’t expire. They can lay dormant for years and when you pull them out and dust them off, they shine like new.” Casi McLean


“I made no resolutions for the New Year. The habit of making plans, of criticizing, sanctioning and moulding my life, is too much of a daily event for me. ”

Anaïs Nin


“The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective.”

G.K. Chesterton

DECEMBER 30 2012 : “To birth, to death, and that wondrous thing in between. And to auld lang syne.”

Stephen Cox, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Memory Book


“When the fiddle had stopped singing Laura called out softly, "What are days of auld lang syne, Pa?"
"They are the days of a long time ago, Laura," Pa said. "Go to sleep, now."
But Laura lay awake a little while, listening to Pa’s fiddle softly playing and to the lonely sound of the wind in the Big Woods,…
She was glad that the cozy house, and Pa and Ma and the firelight and the music, were now. They could not be forgotten, she thought, because now is now. It can never be a long time ago.”

Laura Ingalls Wilder

DECEMBER 29 2012 : “She remembered him smiling, and realized that time, that great old healer, had finally accomplished its work, and now, across the years, the face of love no longer stirred up agonies of grief and bitterness. Rather, one was left feeling simply grateful. For how unimaginably empty the past would be without him to remember.”

Rosamunde Pilcher, The Shell Seekers


“A person cannot coast along in old destructive habits year after year and accept whatever comes along. A person must stand up on her own two legs and walk. Get off the bus and go get on another. Climb out of the ditch and cross the road. Find the road that s where you want to go. … The only sermon that counts is the one that is formed by our actions. She would quit drinking and thereby show Kyle life is what you make it. A person can grab hold of her life and change things for the better. This happens all the time. We are not chips of wood drifting down the stream of time. We have oars.”

Garrison Keillor, Pontoon: A Novel of Lake Wobegon

DECEMBER 28 2012 : “What has that to do with the price of peas in Persepolis?” Tamora Pierce


when you are trying
not to think about something
it keeps popping back in your head
you can’t help it
you think about it
think about it
think about it
until your brain
feels like
a squashed pea.”

Sharon Creech, Love That Dog