Inspired: Winter 2013

Passages and quotes that caught my eye:

Do not mistake the wound of the world for the world.

Friend of Frances Mayes, quoted in Everyday in Tuscany

My proposed solution is simple: don’t waste a lot of time and money pushing kids in directions they don’t want to go. Instead, find out what weirdness they excel at and encourage them to do that. Then, get out of the way.

Seth Godin on education, We Are All Weird

When changing languages you descend to a zero-point of your existence. There must be even a moment, however brief, when you cease to be. You’ve just quit the old language and the new one hasn’t received you yet; you are now in limbo, between worlds, hanging over the abyss.

Costica Bradatan, Born Again In A Second Language

Of course, it still sailed next to me, that parallel life–it would always sail next to me–as full of joy and challenge as the one I was living.

I thought of it sometimes, paled and chilled–lit by a satellite moon, not the sun of reality–a ghostly ship charting a route to what might have been, while I remained on the course of what was.

Ann Mah, Mastering The Art Of French Eating

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