Words

15 August 2014

A quote or verse to write down and remember for yourself. Or to give as advice/solace if needed. 

“Life will break you.
Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning.
You have to love.
You have to feel.
It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up.
And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness.
Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.”

Louise Erdich, The Painted Drum.

Featured image by current Light Work grant recipient, Dan Wetmore, from his Jubilee Kitchen series. You can see Dan’s work at Light Work on display August 18th – October 22nd, with an opening reception on September 25th. Full details here.

and speaking of apples… Apple picking season is among us. Schedule is up for Beak & Skiff Apple Orchard. I’ll have a bite of your Honeycrisp.

  • Leah Lazarz

    Love this. Reminds me of another favorite quote from Erma Bombeck -who I love- “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.'”

  • Kelley

    Words have long been my best friends…and arranging them my greatest solace.

    • jess arb

      I couldn’t have said it better myself.