Friday, April 29, 2011

Quote of the Day

Me: (said in a highly exasperated tone)  I sweat to God, Rob.
Rob: You can’t do that.  You’re an atheist.  

You can always tell when Rob and I spend time together.  There are more quotes of the day.  Of course, there are times when we spend time and something funny is said but I forget it before I get back to the computer but let's pretend I always remember and Rob is always funny.

Weekly Quotes Part 17

Eros the Bittersweet

In letters as in love, to imagine is to address oneself to what is not.  To write the words ‘I love you’ requires a further, analogous replacement, one that is much more painful in its implication.  Your absence from the syntax of my life is not a fact to be changed by written words. And it is the single fact that makes a difference to the lover, the fact that you and I are not one.  (52)

I would like to grasp why it is that these two activities, falling in love and coming to know, make me feel genuinely alive.  There is something like an electrification in them.  (70)

The innovation of metaphor occurs in this shift of distance from far to near, and it is effected by imagination. A virtuoso act of imagination brings the two things together, sees their incongruence, then sees also a new congruence, meanwhile continuing to recognize the previous incongruence through the new congruence.  Both the ordinary, literal sense and a novel sense are present at once in the words of a metaphor; both the ordinary, descriptive reference, and a novel reference in tension by the metaphor’s way of looking at the world.  (73)

Imagination is the core of desire.  It acts at the core of metaphor.  It is the essential activity of reading and writing.  (77)

To create pleasure and pain at once is the novelist’s aim.  (84)

The words we read and the words we write never say exactly what we mean.  The people we love are never as we desire them.  (104)

Younger by the Day

The urge to commiserate is strong. . . .  Resist the temptation to mirror misery. . . .  There is a fine line here: you want to relate to people, but if you get down to their level, you’re like a doctor who succumbs to the disease he’s supposed to be treating.  (141)

This is the last time I'll be quoting from this book for a while.  It's a strange feeling, knowing that I am not going to be reading this book during my morning reading time.  It's been a year now and I've enjoyed every day of it.  In January I plan to begin reading this book again.  I hope I won't be reading it alone.  I've given copies to several women friends.  A book review will appear in my book review blog on Monday.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Quote of the Day

That's why I married you--because you're smarter than the frozen vegetables.

Rob said this to me as we were putting the groceries away.  My reaction was to laugh very loudly.

Buddha Quote

It's funny. I was reading an email from someone this morning and this is precisely what I wanted to say to that person. Then I found this and thought I'd share it with everyone. 0321111915

Monday, April 25, 2011

And Thank YOU Again

Because of your clicking on links, I was able to buy some pretty nifty things, including these a book, cds, and dvds.

I realize, of course, that you may not think any of these things is nifty.

But I love Issa's book and this introduced me to the idea of haibun, a form of memoir writing I had never personally considered.

And I love Damien Rice through whose music I first heard Lisa Hannigan's amazing voice so having these cds makes my endlessly growing collection feel more complete.

Finally, the walking dvds . . . I admit, these are not terribly exciting and arguably not nifty but what is nifty is the research that suggests walking to the rhythm of music can help people with balance disorders.  If occasionally using a walking workout dvd will help me live with the vertigo better then it is a small thing to do, adding these three dvds (with 7 separate workouts) to my collection.

And for these things, I have you to thank.  I used the credit I earned from your clicks to obtain these things.  I bought a few of them discounted (ie. used but in "like new" condition) when it was cheaper to do so.

There's one more thing I promised myself to buy with the gift card but that has not yet arrived.  Ooooh . . . ahhhh . . .

In the meantime, thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Kickin' It Old School

Happy Easter wishes to You and Yours
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