books are better than boys

I like bicycles, beer, and books.
Some other things I like.

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…Here is what I know now: there should be no shame in wanting, however desperately, to be cared about. It is not embarrassing or naive to expect kindness, even from strangers…There is nothing wrong with exploring your boundaries, but it’s absurd to expect yourself to be apathetic in the face of your own vulnerability. It is difficult and scary to be naked, both literally and figuaratively, in front of a stranger. Be as cautious as you are brave.

The Goddess of never not broken.

In pieces, in a pile on the floor, with no idea how to go forward, your expectations of the future are meaningless. Your stories about the past do not apply. You are in flux, you are changing, you are flowing in a new way, and this is an incredibly powerful opportunity to become new again: to choose how you want to put yourself back together.

We were never a consistent, limited whole. In our brokenness, we are unlimited. 

- Julie (JC) Peters

I got to this article via here and then here.

If I have any philosophy, if you don’t mind me saying so, it’s that life could be better than it is.
Yakov Bok
(from The Fixer by Bernard Malamud)
Belief in the significance of architecture is premised on the notion that we are, for better or for worse, different people in different places - and on the conviction that it is architecture’s task to render vivid to us who we might ideally be.

Alain de Botton

I read this and thought, why didn’t I become an architect? and then, I need to read more of this de Botton fellow.

The race was over. I didn’t drown, didn’t get a flat, didn’t get stung by a vicious jellyfish. No ferocious bear hurled himself at me, and I wasn’t stung by wasps, or hit by lightning. And my wife, waiting at the finish line, didn’t discover some unpleasant truth about me. Instead, she greeted my with a smile. Thank goodness.

Haruki Murakami, on completing the Murakami Triathlon

You know how Nike use the catch phrase “just do it”? Well, saying/thinking that never really inspired me. But I just finished What I Talk About When I Talk About Running and I think that the above quote is the Murakami, long-winded version of “just do it.” And this works for me. (Though I doubt it’s as easily repeated while on a long run.)

This is allowed.

Said in a most solemn tone by a coworker, as she is walking by my desk with her second (large) piece of cake from today’s baby shower.

I don’t need to be convinced - I completely agree.

I’m preparation for the class this weekend I’m reading the only (non-children’s, but just barely) beekeeping book I could find at the library. (Unfortunately every copy of the recommended book, Beekeeping for Dummies, was checked out of the library.)

It is important not to start a feeding intended to stimulate brood  rearing too early. Wait until after the the gooseberry bush flowers. Otherwise the bees build too large a brood nest and will not be able to  maintain the necessary temperature during cold weather.
-Werner Melzer in Beekeeping: A Complete Owner’s Manual

Oh, right. After the gooseberry bush flowers. That’s some good advice. And no, of course I did not have to look up gooseberry bush on Wikipedia to find out what it is. I totally knew that. And when it flowers, doesn’t everyone?
I see the title beemaster in my future.

I’m preparation for the class this weekend I’m reading the only (non-children’s, but just barely) beekeeping book I could find at the library. (Unfortunately every copy of the recommended book, Beekeeping for Dummies, was checked out of the library.)

It is important not to start a feeding intended to stimulate brood rearing too early. Wait until after the the gooseberry bush flowers. Otherwise the bees build too large a brood nest and will not be able to maintain the necessary temperature during cold weather.

-Werner Melzer in Beekeeping: A Complete Owner’s Manual

Oh, right. After the gooseberry bush flowers. That’s some good advice. And no, of course I did not have to look up gooseberry bush on Wikipedia to find out what it is. I totally knew that. And when it flowers, doesn’t everyone?

I see the title beemaster in my future.

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