Dieu on the Grass

Your Heart is the Size of a Fist

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- Lora Mathis

A Museum of Personal Objects part II

I’d like to think that my things don’t own me, and have imagined the freedom that would come with living a Spartan existence. Every few months I take stock of my belonging and throw away or donate things I never use. But it seems to me I am always collecting more than I throw away.

My love for history and museums and the innate curator in me though, likes to imagine things are more than just things. Some things can tell you a lot about a person.

Here is part 2 of my collection of things.

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Seasons in the city

Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.

~Yoko Ono

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The Loveliness of Winter

 Outside the window, in the darkened yard, there’s snow. That kissing sound against the glass. It will melt off because it’s only November, but still it’s a foretaste. I don’t know why I find it so exciting. I know what’s coming: slush, darkness, flu, black ice, wind, salt stains on boots. But still there’s a sense of anticipation: you tense for the combat. Winter is something you can go out into, confront, then foil by retreating back indoors. 

~Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin 

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The brittle cold of winter brings out many things, such as colds, numb toes, the early dark evenings and chilly mornings, the layers of coats, scarves, and other wooly things, soft armour to brace one against the biting north winds.

But with winter there are the things that I love the most. The reward and comfort of drinking a whole pot of tea with a good book after braving the snow and ice. These things are so much more enjoyable in winter.

The hermit in me secretly loves winter.

Yes, I get terribly sick almost every time this year, and yes, my skin peels and cracks from the frosty, dry air, and yes the inconveniences of snow blizzards and -30°c below weather takes its toll on everything, but I can’t help but love it. Winter means snowflakes, and cuddles, and rosy, frostbitten cheeks, and the gratitude that comes with having a warm home to return to, and the generous empathy and help for those who aren’t as fortunate to have that.

So, while I, like many complain about the freezing temperatures, I think I would miss winter if it never came.

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I’m all snotty and sniffly, but gosh darn it, this is good tea! Now, I just hope this cold goes away before it turns into the usual “I sound like I’m dying” cough.

Selfie Pop-Art

I’ve avoided posting selfies or photos of myself since I started this blog two years ago. These are more “creative” selfies, that I can simply appreciate (or not) artistically in an objective way, without my usual private need to remain anonymous. Anyways, we’re all friends here, so no need to be shy!

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Cats

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Part II: 3 Rules to live by

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1. Be gentle even when you don’t feel like it.

2. Choose one thing to look forward to at the beginning of your day no matter how simple or small.

3. When you don’t have a friend around, chocolate and books are always good options.

Restless

Under the weight of the night
When loneliness is most aching.
Let your heart beats fall through you.
Let them hit each nerve along your spine
Like gentle
Yet strong fingers
hitting piano keys, each beat a bird song
Singing to be heard.

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Temporary Jewelry Tattoos

I have always loved the idea of getting a permanent tattoo – something delicate and flowery. In particular,  jewelry design tattoos have always appealed to me for their feminine, simple, and understated look. However, I am a big baby when it comes to pain, so I’ll probably never have the courage to go through with it.

In the mean time, these gorgeous temporary gold tattoos are great substitutes, and I think are even better than the real thing!

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Bloom

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Quote for the day

I am an expression of the divine, just like a peach is, just like a fish is. I have a right to be this way. I can’t apologize for that, nor can I change it, nor do I want to. We will never have to be other than who we are in order to be successful. We realize that we are as ourselves unlimited and our experiences valid. It is for the rest of the world to recognize this, if they choose.

~Alice Walker, The Color Purple

Thought of the day

It is better
to be broken
hearted
than
hard-hearted.

Poem of the Universe

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Gardens

Old photos from my day at the Devonian Gardens in my city.

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Making origami turtles

Who can resist cute little origami turtles?

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October

This morning, a beautiful autumn day.

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I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.

~Anne of Green Gables

A new poem

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On the Caltrain

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Train ride to San Francisco.

California Academy of Sciences

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Quote for the day

She did not need much, wanted very little. A kind word, sincerity, fresh air, clean water, a garden, kisses, books to read, sheltering arms, a cozy bed, and to love and be loved in return.

~Starra Neely Blade

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