2015 in retrospect: April, May, and June

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Grace’s hockey team won their league, and I had tears in my eyes watching them standing as the anthem played.

Grace played the donkey in the sixth grade performance of Shrek, and it was a triumph, enormously moving to watch.

Whit celebrated his 10th birthday by indoor skydiving, and I marveled at his courage and joy.

I had vertigo.  Terrible, terrible, terrible.

I celebrated my 15th reunion from business school.

My favorite posts:

The primacy of interiority
The season of amazement

Everything is changing
What’s next for me as a writer?

My favorite quote I shared:

As for me, I see both the beauty and the dark side of things; the loveliness of cornfields and full sails, but the ruin as well.  And I see them at the same time, at once ecstatic at the beauty of things, and chary of that ecstasy.  The Japanese have a phrase for this dual perception: mono no aware.  it means “beauty tinged with sadness,” for there cannot be any real beauty without the indolic whiff of decay.  For me, living is the same thing as dying, and loving is the same thing as losing, and this does not make me a madwoman; I believe it can make me better at living, and better at loving, and, just possibly, better at seeing.

– Sally Mann, Hold Still


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2 Comments

  1. Nadine
    Posted December 23, 2015 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    What a beautiful quote. Reading Hold Still now. I’ve not been familiar with Mann or her work, and I’m excited to dive into the book.

  2. Posted December 23, 2015 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    Oh, how I know the woes of vertigo. I still experience it from time to time. Hope yours has resolved, Lindsey.

    The quote by Sally Mann is simply divine. Thank you.