My random assortment of awesome pictures and words.

Externally, she was a creature of gaiety, given to bursts of enthusiasm, to harmless vanities and constant physical activity. She also experienced chills of embarrassment and self-doubt. But all the time her inner life was burgeoning; beautiful objects made her senses race, and great poetry set her aglow. Almost by the same token, she was overcome at times by the mysterious and dreadful sadness of life. She took nothing calmly.

—R.W.B. Lewis, writing on Edith Wharton

And here, finally here in this place, in these circumstances, I will really have to kill him. And Snow will win. Hot, bitter hatred courses through me. Snow has won too much already today. It’s a long shot, it’s suicide maybe, but I do the only thing I can think of. I lean in and kiss Peeta full on the mouth. His whole body starts shuddering, but I keep my lips pressed to his until I have to come up for air. My hands slide up his wrists to clasp his. “Don’t let him take you from me.” Peeta’s panting hard as he fights the nightmares raging in his head. “No. I don’t want to…” I clench his hands to the point of pain. “Stay with me.” His pupils contract to pinpoints, dilate again rapidly, and then return to something resembling normalcy. “Always,” he murmurs.

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

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There is no past or future. Using tenses to divide time is like making chalk marks on water.

For my part, I prefer my heart to be broken. It is so lovely, dawn-kaleidoscopic within the crack.

Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.

It isn’t ever delicate to live.

Kay Ryan

After years as a literary outsider, Ryan was named the U.S. Poet Laureate. During her two terms she advocated for community colleges like the College of Marin, where she taught a remedial English class for decades.