Cottaging for a week. I’ll miss you!

Many personality characteristics of creative people … make them more vulnerable, including openness to new experiences, a tolerance for ambiguity, and an approach to life and the world that is relatively free of preconceptions. This flexibility permits them to perceive things in a fresh and novel way, which is an important basis for creativity. But it also means that their inner world is complex, ambiguous, and filled with shades of gray rather than black and white. It is a world filled with many questions and few easy answers. While less creative people can quickly respond to situations based on what they have been told by people in authority — parents, teachers, pastors, rabbis, or priests — the creative person lives in a more fluid and nebulous world. He or she may have to confront criticism or rejection for being too questioning, or too unconventional. Such traits can lead to feelings of depression or social alienation. A highly original person may seem odd or strange to others. Too much openness means living on the edge. Sometimes the person may drop over the edge… into depression, mania, or perhaps schizophrenia.

I was on a date the other night and the topic of Harry Potter came up, and I was trying to be all casual like, nbd, yeah, I read the books, oh sure, by all means let’s discuss Order of the Phoenix if you WANT, I in no way have a deeply resonant tattoo referencing that particular book and then I said, “Well, what’s interesting is if you read her original plotline notes…” Oops.

Perhaps the biggest tragedy of our lives is that freedom is possible, yet we can pass our years trapped in the same old patterns… We may want to love other people without holding back, to feel authentic, to breathe in the beauty around us, to dance and sing. Yet each day we listen to inner voices that keep our life small.


On David Mitchell’s Twitter story, “The Right Sort”: “the effect of reading was not feelings of disjunction and separation but rather one of surprising connection, a sense of disappearing into the scroll and the vortex of the story.”

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Backward or forward, eternity is the same; already have we been the nothing we dread to be.
Herman Melville (via likeafieldmouse)

I have a new friend with a motorcycle who took me all over the city last night, from Casa Loma to Exhibition to Ashbridges.

If I don’t hear from you, I’ll have to hide
beneath the bark of the trees waiting for your name to be carved
Richard Jackson, from “Letter to Jo from Radovna Valley, Slovenia,” in Resonance (The Ashland Poetry Press, 2010)

Attention to detail.


characters that go through hell yet still believe in the goodness of humanity, still hope for the best despite everything, refuse to let darkness consume them because someone somewhere is always going to be good are literally my favourite, because they give me that little hope too

hmmmm food for thought

Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.

Maya Angelou (via larmoyante)

Tumblr keeps recommending posts to me and it recommends them over and over and I’m like, Shut up, Tumblr, I’m REALLY smart, ok? I don’t need your advice on how I run my life and stuff. 



People say “phase” like impermanence means insignificance. Show me a permanent state of the self.

Being black? (Michael Jackson notwithstanding).

We have a winner.