A favorite character is Mayor Tommy Carcetti: a composite of men I grew up with, men I’ve admired, and—-his being Irish, tough, handsome—-a man I can’t help but be naturally attracted to.
My fiancé—-Irish-German heritage, tough and handsome himself—-forgives me.
First full day since leaving the WRC and it felt…liberating, bittersweet, a relief.
And I slept in til 10:00 am which was a small miracle in itself.
Onwards and upwards, baby.
Just completely exhausted right now,
and so I wanted to look at something beautiful.
This photo came to mind.
Damian Woetzel, NYC Ballet
photographed by Bruce Weber
in Miami, February 2008
When I was fifteen, my father, a Greek immigrant, decided that he would rather purchase a home on a Greek island than on the coast of NJ. Surprising, I know. And while my sisters and I cluelessly complained about the fact that now we couldn’t have a summer home in Belmar on the Jersey shore, he disregarded our whining and found a lovely house on the beautiful island of Paros in the Cyclades of Greece.
This stunning sunset was taken there by my talented cousin/adopted big sister, Lena Zevgaridou.
My Dad’s a wise man. And I’m a lucky, lucky girl.
Decided to kick off the new blog with a poem that my Nana gave me when I was about ten, with a seriousness that I didn’t often see in her smiling eyes. She told me that it was a guide for her, and that I should read it carefully, take it in, live by it.
Still guides me to this day.
Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations,in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
Max Ehrmann, c.1952.