bellasemplicita

Regaining a lost love for beauty and simplicity.

Several Books

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Unfortunately college is busy!  And so I have read very few books on my own this past semester.  But as they are so few, they are only more important to me.  A quote from each of these books:

“He wanted to cry quietly but not for himself: for the words, so beautiful and sad, like music.” – A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce

“Being against evil doesn’t make you good. Tonight I was against it and then I was evil myself. I could feel it coming just like a tide… I just want to destroy them. But when you start taking pleasure in it you are awfully close to the thing you’re fighting.” – Islands In the Stream, Ernest Hemingway

“I need you, the reader, to imagine us, for we don’t really exist if you don’t.” – Lolita, Nabokov

“When people talk listen completely. Don’t be thinking what you’re going to say. Most people never listen. Nor do they observe. You should be able to go into a room and when you come out know everything that you saw there and not only that. If that room gave you any feeling you should know exactly what it was that gave you that feeling.” – Across the River Into the Trees, Ernest Hemingway

“People to whom sin is just a matter of words, to them salvation is just words too.” – As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner

“Listen, nothing’s better than being useful. Tell me how, at the present moment, I can be most of of use. I know it’s not for you to decide that, but I’m only asking for your opinion. You tell me, and what you say I swear I’ll do! Well, what is the great thought?”

“Well, to turn stones into bread. That’s a great thought.”

“The greatest? Yes, really, you have suggested quite a new path. Tell me, is it the greatest?”

“It’s very great, my dear boy, very great, but it’s not the greatest. It’s great but secondary, and only great at the present time. Man will be satisfied and forget; he will say: ‘I’ve eaten it and what am I to do now?’ The question will remain open for all time.” – The Adolescent, Fyodor Dostoevsky

 

To Regroup

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College is a trying time.  A time of many adjustments, a time for the surfacing of insecurities, and a time for the acknowledgement of the little knowledge I actually carry.  I have needed this time to regroup – to calm myself in the presence of the Lord and to find my new purpose.

A quote that has given me something to think about:

“That is part of the beauty of literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.”

– F. Scott Fitzgerald

Expressing Gratitude

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As I am looking forward to entering College this fall I am beginning to more deeply appreciate the small things in my life.  Knowing that I am about to be placed in a new environment away from some of the most important things in my life has been alternately exciting and terrifying to me.  As I have been thinking about this upcoming transition, I have been trying to savor the last little bit of my high school years.

And as a continuation of this I would like to share some of the things that I am most grateful for on this blog over the next two weeks.  I want this to be a celebration of the beautiful and the good things that I encounter – the things that are both the very anchors of my being and the small and fleeting blessings that surprise me every day.

‘Silent gratitude isn’t very much use to anyone.’ – Gertrude Stein

Summer Style

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This summer I am trying to attain a style that is classic, minimalist, muted, and breezy.  I am particularly loving linen, jean, khaki, and cotton fabrics.  These are a few of the images that have been inspiring to me this last week.

Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.
– Oscar de la Renta

Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercouse.

– Sir Francis Bacon

What is your style this summer?

Read more: http://stylecaster.com/fashion-quotes/#ixzz3fLp4q7L5

‘This Is Just To Say’

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I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
saving
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

This Is Just To Say, William Carlos Williams

The words in this poem so remind me of the summer: ‘the plums in the icebox’; ‘they were delicious’;  ‘so cold’.  Like a drink of cold water.

What poems remind you of the summer?

Irony

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‘Leto and Niobe were deeply loving friends.’

– Sappho (no. 85)

When I first read this remnant of one of Sappho’s poems, I took it as a statement of fact.  Although, I knew the myth I was unable to detect a sense of irony.  It seemed to add an interesting quirk to the story.  Perhaps I took it as fact because I was more interested in it being so.

Leto and Niobe were deeply loving friends.’

However, when I now read this fragment I can not help but wonder what Sappho meant.  Perhaps it is only cruel irony.

Photo by Mario Giacomelli

A Few Updates

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Since I have been so long absent, I hope it is alright if I share a few of the things happening in my life.

– I am enjoying my summer – immensely!  I am trying to really soak in the beauty of the smells of rain and dirt, the brilliance of green, the warmth of the sun, the smell of roses.  I run through a small forest preserve nearly every morning and I love that I am able to follow the change of the seasons in this place.  At the moment there are myriads of birds and in the morning their singing is so calming.

– I am attending Wheaton College in the fall.  I am so excited about this!  My good friend and I will be rooming together so we are busy planning our room and discussing the new excitements of college life in general.  I am entering as a Mathematics major (and no, I do not want to teach) and an Art History minor.

– Now for me, this is really big news: I am running Cross Country in college!!  This is huge because about eight months ago I absolutely hated to run.  However, after forcing myself to ‘do it’ nearly every morning, I realized I had fallen in love.  I am excited to begin training with a team and I hope I will be able to greatly improve my speed.

– Yes, there are many other important things happening in my life – perhaps I will share them at a later time.  But for now, I will end with an extract from a poem by William Blake.

‘And we are put on this earth a little space

that we may learn to bear the beams of love.’

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