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28 September 2010


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Lovely post -- and much of it applicable to life beyond breast cancer as well.
I read the Rebecca West books years ago and loved them -- after Fountain sat on my shelves for several years as a you-should-read-this from my mom. When I finally picked it up, I kicked myself for waiting so long. Glendinning's bio is well worth reading as well.

Love the Vaughan Williams. Beautiful pictures too. I've never read Rebecca West - I'll give her a try soon.

No 5 is, I think, the hardest for many of us. My friend Deborah Hutton wrote a vg book in the last months of her life, What Can I Do to Help? It's really useful, I'm not sure if it's in print still, but there's always Abebooks.


How like you to write a post that will undoubtedly benefit other people. Thank you. And oh! that Vaughan Williams! It is one of my all-time favourite pieces of music, a piece that inspired my love of medieval/ early modern history and 16th Century English choral music (enough for me to end up doing a doctorate in that period). It is so beautiful that I have to shut people up mid-conversation if it comes on the radio. I did that once to my then-fiance on a Scotland-London car journey: he spent the next 4 hours wondering what he'd done wrong, poor lamb...

This list is more helpful than most! I especially like #1 and #8! ha. Your site is so full of information. I'm putiing together a favorite blog list roll and you are going to be on it! How are you feeling?

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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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