Personal Growth | Learning | Stoicism

What Escapes Us

“Our life is also what we have not dared to do … what escaped us.” — Javier Marias Javier Marias passed away on September 11th, triggering a series of tributes to a productive literary life. This quote stood out for me, for all the reasons you might expect from this particular blogger. If there’s a…

Poetry | Relationships | Stoicism

Days to Come

“Days to come stand in front of uslike a row of lighted candles—golden, warm, and vivid candles.Days gone by fall behind us,a gloomy line of snuffed-out candles;the nearest are smoking still,cold, melted, and bent.”— C. P. Cavafy When you think about it, our days gone by are a stack of previous lives, somewhat resembling us…

Garden and Home | Seasons | Stoicism

August Signals

Black-eyed Susan’s once again dominate, staking a claim on more of the garden every year if you let them. I mostly let them. They remind me of conversations with a favorite gardener who’s moved on, which means they’ll forever receive favorable treatment in my garden. Crickets receive no such favorable treatment, but we peacefully coexist…

Writing | Habits | Learning | Personal Growth | Stoicism

Meaning Abides

“Let us consider the way in which we spend our lives.” — Henry David Thoreau “If you want to be happy, be.” – Leo Tolstoy “Happiness is transient, but meaning abides.” — James Hollis We are all in the process of becoming whatever it is we’ll evolve into next. Blogging documents much of my own…