"If writers possess a common temperament, it's that they tend to be shy egomaniacs; publicity is the spotlight they suffer for the recognition they crave." Gail Caldwell, from her book "Let's Take The Long Way Around"

"To look life in the face, always to look life in the face and to know it for what it is. At last to know it, to love it for what it is, and then, to put it away. . .always the years. Always the love. Always the hours." From the movie "The Hours", based on the book of the same name by Michael Cunningham

"Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly." Baz Luhrman, "Everybody's Free (to wear sunscreen)"

"A writer can do nothing for men more necessary, satisfying, than just simply to reveal to them the infinite possibility of their own souls." Walt Whitman

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant or talented?’ Actually, who are you not to be?” Marianne Williamson

Sunday, August 22, 2010

My first blog

Here it is, my first blog.  I've never blogged before, never read anyone else's blog (apologies to those of you with fantastic blogs).  I'm not even really sure what a blog is or how people find your blog or why they would want to read my blog.  All I know is that I have to do something with my life and somehow this idea of a blog started to fester in my mind.  I read a Quamut guide, glanced through a book to get a general idea and this is what stuck:  you need to have a topic, a reason, a subject about which one wishes to blog, like "Julie and Julia," but I have no intention of setting out to prove anything or accomplish anything, other than to hold myself accountable for writing something, anything.  So this is it.  A blog.  I hope you find it interesting, if you find it at all.  It's me, my life, my thoughts.  I have things to say once echoed in my head over and over again.  I'm older now, lazier maybe, but I don't want to believe I've given up.  People change their lives all the times.  Believe me, I am surrounded by books everyday of my life, stories of people who found their callings, discovered themselves and the secret to their perfect happiness.

Speaking of perfection, I am a perfectionist, so you might find that my blog design changes from time to time.  Somewhere in me, I have grown to believe that if everything looks perfect on the outside, everything will be just right.  That belief takes me way back, and that's where I'll really start:  at the beginning, the beginning of me.