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10 January 2010

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Thanks for the mention -- I love your post as evidence that a stretch of hunkering time fosters creativity -- given the time to sit, putter, read at will, watch films, the ideas will begin to percolate, here bubbling over into your commentary on Twitter's virtues, the widespread issue of domestic violence, and the need for action. As you suggest, not what your reader might have expected given the cozy slippers-at-fireside photo, but proof that down-time leads us on surprising paths . . .

5 years later, read this entry and, intrigued, I have purchased "Baking Cakes in Kigali." I have a sponsored girl in Rwanda and I think it will be good for me to read!

Thank you for visiting, Bev, and I do you hope that you enjoy Baking Cakes in Kigali If you do, be sure to read the sequel: When Hoopoes Go to Heaven. Highly recommended.

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Thought for life

  • The House of Breath, William Goyen
    We are the carriers of lives and legends - who knows the unseen frescoes on the private walls of the skull?

Thinking about . . .

  • Daniel Klein, Travels with Epicurus
    I too listen to music more and more. Throughout my life, music has stirred me more than any other art form, and now, in old age, I find myself listening to it almost every evening, usually alone, for hours at a time.
  • Julia Blackburn, Thin Paths
    I began writing because I liked to write things down. I learnt foreign languages because they seemed to enter my head by a process of osmosis.
  • Joan Bakewell, Stop the Clocks
    I live contentedly alone. It's better that way and I am often thoughtful about what has been and what might have been. There are many like me.
  • Patti Smith, M Train
    Oh to be reborn within the pages of a book.
  • Patti Smith, M Train
    Why is it that we lose the things we love, and things cavalier cling to us and will be the measure of our worth after we’re gone?
  • Judith Kerr, Observer Magazine, 22 November 2015
    I don't believe in God. I find it much easier to believe in ancestors. I like to imagine they are pointing us in the right direction.

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