Wonderful and succinct. The inner work is the hardest but the most rewarding.
I believe we are on the mend from the great trauma we suffered because of the pandemic. Kindness always matters.
Life sure is mysterious...you can’t make this stuff up.
Very interesting read. It shows the powers and mysteries of the mind. Thank you again Readup for finding this one.
I, too, was there at the Garden State Art Center, for the Lilith Fair with my daughter Brooke. It was outstanding and wonderful and poignant. All those beautiful women performers, once in a lifetime great. Thank you Sarah!!
This article shows the strength, versatility and necessity of women all over the world. It’s time to treat us with the respect we deserve.
I loved every word, every sentence, every idea and quote in this article. We are doing this article on a Zoom Readup book group tonight and am looking forward to the conversation. I am going to look into 13 Moons to perhaps join up. I want to know more about how to be a witch.
- Kikiread2 years ago
A positive outlook in these negative times.
Lovely story. She’s too good for university life
I have always loved books and reading. I have at least a thousand books in my house, maybe more. While I have not read them all that is a worthy goal to shoot for. I read for pleasure and I always gain some knowledge or new perspective from the reading even if I don’t like the book. I encourage my grandkids and others to read because I think reading is a foundation for learning. Long live the printed word!
It never ceases to amaze me where some people will put their energy and focus to make a buck or have sex. Ladies beware. Yuck!!
I read Modern Love in the New York Times all the time, it’s one of my favorite sections. Articles like this is why; they are easy to read, enjoyable and relatable. It’s now a podcast.
Outstanding article. The analogy of how we treat women and Mother Earth are so spot on. I’ve read somewhere that nations that have women leaders have fewer wars and less violence. So what are we waiting for America? Thank you Readup, again, for a fabulous article
Oh my God. I am embarrassed to be an American if this is how Americans treat other people in times of stress. There is no excuse for this blatant hatred. When will it stop? Unfortunately the current administration encourages racial hatred and cruelty. So so sad. When I encounter an Asian person or any person who looks different than I do I promise to myself that I will smile and “be the love”.
Well....I read the comments before I read the article so I was poised not to like it. But I kind of did like it., it did ramble on but I liked the science fiction aspect of it and the feelings that the protagonist felt. You could feel her sorrow and frustration and her resignation of maybe never finding a mate. And that’s what stories do. They take us out of ourselves to another place. So overall I would recommend it
Sweet story from an insightful writer. My granddaughter Daphne, who is 6, is a horse lover personified. She is otherworldly in a way because of her artistic abilities but also because she has a certain swagger in her walk; the adults in the family laugh and call her wild child or that she is feral. I know someday soon we will all be in Virginia to watch the ponies, knee deep in mud.
Wow. Very enlightening. I have had many of the same thoughts but not so eloquently expressed. I, too, look at this scary unprecedented time as a healing time for the earth and its inhabitants. I really enjoyed many of the writers suggestions of how to spend our time wisely, kindly and creatively. I am of the generation where the phone was connected to the wall so the technology that burst on the scene 20 or so years ago still gets me frustrated but I find myself reaching out to people in my “contacts” that I haven’t spoken to or heard from in awhile. We need to reach out, stay connected and be grateful for what we do have rather than worry about what we lost or don’t have.
Well I enjoyed the article because I, too, am considered weird although I prefer different. The toilet paper episode got a laugh out loud response from me too. Having grown up in the 60’s and 70’s , like Pegeen, I also embraced the unconventional lifestyle of that time and still love patchouli oil and hippie attire. The data was interesting concerning creatives, informative and well researched. Peace to all
Very inspiring essay and it gives me great hope that it is never too late to learn or change our minds about something. The fact that he opened his mind and heart to others different from him I’m sure was not easy but he did and now is a richer and deeper person. I appreciate this purple snowflake.
- Kikiread3 years ago
Lovely. Change, the only constant in our lives
Stunning!! Perfect in its simplicity and beauty. While I have not had the privilege of remembering “otters sliding across the lake at dusk...” I now know what that feels and looks like because of his evocative words. I want more Ben Weaver
Laugh out loud funny. Kudos to you John Waters for being so absurdly nuts AND able to tell a good story. I’m off to find some JW books
After reading this essay I can only say that I am so grateful to be out of the job market. What have we become, as a culture, that encourages such idiotic, soulless and empty behavior?
- Kikiscouted3 years ago
Funny. I am reading Be Here Now by Baba Ram Dass and his message is be here now, get out of your own way.
I just finished reading Susan Orlean’s book The Library Book” and totally loved it; as well as this essay. I want to read more of her stuff because she takes a subject (libraries, books, orchids) and weaves a story that is compelling and filled with facts! Thank you Bill for posting this
- Kikiscouted4 years ago
I’m not sure why this story is garnering all the attention it has; reading it was cringe worthy I knew it would not end well, with two different souls looking for two different things. However I am glad I read it and am enjoying the NPR discussions about it
Wonderful and succinct. The inner work is the hardest and the most rewarding.