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“One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.” – Sigmund Freud

Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.

“Your daily life is your temple and your religion. When you enter into it take with you your all.” – Khalil Gibran

“Gifts are for the delight of the recipient, not the giver.” – Styxx

“There are many paths to the same place. The important thing is to make yours the happiest trail possible.” – Cherokee proverb

“It’s not about the size of the dog in the fight, it’s about the size of the fight in the dog.” – Sherrilyn Kenyon’s brother

We just have to accept the fact that some people are going to stay in our hearts, even if they don’t stay in our lives.

“The main thing is just to try to be nice. You already are – so lovely I burst, darling – and so I want you to hang on to that and never let it go. Keep slowly turning it up, like a dimmer switch, whenever you can. Just resolve to shine, constantly and steadily, like a warm lamp in the corner, and people will want to move towards you in order to feel happy, and to read things more clearly. You will be bright and constant in a world of dark and flux, and this will save you the anxiety of other, ultimately less satisfying things like ‘being cool’, ‘being more successful than everyone else’ and ‘being very thin’.” – Caitlin Moran

“What happens when you make a wrong turn? Does [the GPS] turn off? No. It simply says ‘recalculating’ and it gets you back on your path. There is no reason you can’t recalculate and get back on the road to greatness.” – Anthony Weiner

“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.” – Marianne Williams

“Happy is the moment we sit together, with two forms, with two faces, yet one soul. You and I.” – Rumi

There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.
And there are those who give with pain, and that pain is their baptism.
And there are those who give and know not pain in giving, nor do they seek joy, nor give with mindfulness of virtue;
They give as in yonder valley the myrtle breathes its fragrance into space.

For most of life, nothing wonderful happens. If you don’t enjoy getting up and working and finishing your work and sitting down to a meal with family or friends, then the chances are that you’re not going to be very happy. If someone bases his happiness or unhappiness on major events like a great new job, huge amounts of money, a flawlessly happy marriage or a trip to Paris, that person isn’t going to be happy much of the time. If, on the other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap, then we are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness. – sweetestsin-ox.xanga.com

The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the light of day. The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you do is who you become. Your integrity is your destiny – it is the light that guides your way. – Heraclitus

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Firsts

  1. June 9, 2013 = Interestingly enough, the rather ignominious activity of unclogging a toilet is the first thing to be recorded on this list. While doing so, I also found this webpage, whose author lovingly created CLAYMATION graphics to help illustrate his unclogging techniques. Oh, mankind. You do give me joy sometimes.
  2. June 9, 2013 = I was walking back from Madison Square Park after writing for a bit and happened upon the Museum of Sex. I didn’t have any money on me at the moment so just wandered through their gift shop and looked at catalogs of vaginas and breasts. I really think every girl should get a little booklet of vaginas and breasts just to help them understand the diversity of them and the idea that they’re all “acceptable.”
  3. June 10, 2013 = The first time that friends whom I know are getting married!!!
  4. June 12, 2013 = Went inside the James A. Farley Post Office! Disappointingly enough, we were only allowed to view a very narrow strip of the huge building.
  5. June 16, 2013 = Tried speculoos cookie spread for the first time! At first taste, it was sensory confusion because it was the same creamy texture and color as peanut butter so my brain was trying hard to taste peanut butter, but after a few licks a very delicate aroma of gingerbread worked its way through. I haven’t tried it on bread yet but alone I wonder if my tastebuds have become too crass in that I think it’s just a bit too delicate of a flavor.
  6. June 30, 2013 = Studied in the Science, Industry, and Business NYPL branch.
  7. July 13, 2013 = First pole-dancing class. First eating at Eataly.
  8. July 14, 2013 = First time in the Independence Hall and on a double decker bus.

Books of My Childhood

Of Particular Nostalgia

  1. The Fairy Rebel by Lynne Reid Banks
  2. Black Trillium saga by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  3. Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey
  4. Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern by Anne McCaffrey
  5. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’ Brien
  6. The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander
  7. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  8. A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L’Engle
  9. The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Read Banks
  10. Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey
  11. Which Witch by Eva Ibbotson
  12. The Redwall series by Brian Jacques
  13. The Song of the Lionness series by Tamora Pierce
  14. The Magic of Xanth series by Piers Anderson
  15. The Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer
  16. Fear the Year 2099 series by John Peel
  17. The Owlstone Crown by X.J. Kennedy Continue reading

Favorite Books

Books

  • The Once and Future King by T.H. White
  • The Magicians by Lev Grossman
  • The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson
  • The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
  • Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
  • An Old Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  • The Crystal Shard by R.A. Salvatore
  • Magical Thinking: True Stories by Augusten Burroughs
  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  • Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore
  • Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
  • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
  • Kew Gardens by Virginia Woolf
  • The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
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To Be Read

  1. Alfred and Guinevere by James Schuyler
  2. The Young Visitor by Daisy Ashford
  3. Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
  4. The Country Girls by Edna O’ Brien
  5. Cloud Atlas: A Novel by David Mitchell
  6. Watership Down: A Novel by Richard Adams
  7. Theodore Roosevelt: A Strenuous Life by Kathleen Dalton
  8. The Rag and Bone Shop by Robert Cormier
  9. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  10. Beyond Varallan by S.L. Viehl
  11. The Physiology of Taste by Jeane Anthelme Brillat-Savarin  Continue reading

Books Read

Books of 2014

  1. January 2, 2014 = An Abundance of Katherines by John Green (meh… not as good as The Fault in Our Stars, the characters seemed more like types than real people)
  2. How Will You Measure Your Life by Clayton Christensen
  3. The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen
  4. The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
  5. A Matter of Days by Kizer
  6. The Unwanted Child by VC Andrew
  7. Legend by Marie Lu
  8. Over You by McLaughlin Kraus
  9. This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
  10. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  11. The Power of Habit by Charles
  12. The Shameless Carnivore by
  13. Beauty Equation by Nigel Barker
  14. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  15. SuperFreakonomics
  16. The Men in Grey by Michael Ende
  17. The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey
  18. Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
  19. The Distance Between Us
  20. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
  21. Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski – to be read

Books of 2013

  1. January 2, 2013 – High Rhulain by Brian Jacques
  2. January 3, 2013 – Damned by Chuck Palahniuk
  3. January 5, 2013 – The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer
  4. January 9, 2013 – The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  5. March 29, 2013 = The Emperor’s Edge by Lindsay Buroker
  6. March 31, 2013 = Blood and Betrayal (The Emperor’s Edge Book 5) by Lindsay Buroker
  7. April 3, 2013 = Beneath the Surface (The Emperor’s Edge novella) by Lindsay Buroker
  8. April 14, 2013 = Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  9. May 20, 2013 = The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer Smith
  10. May 21, 2013 = 7th Sigma by Steven Gould Continue reading