There is something beautiful about a disarmed stranger. We usually only get to witness that kind of vulnerability with friends or family, when something — sympathy or apology — is expected of us. Public criers ask nothing; they don’t need anyone to take care of them. —
Reminded of Brené Brown with this great reflection in the Times’ Opinionator blog.
(via New York Times)
I’m issuing a rule. You are not allowed to kill yourself. You are going to like this, stay with me. When a person kills himself, he does wrenching damage to the community. One of the best predictors of suicide is knowing a suicide. That means that every suicide may be a delayed homicide. You have to stay.
The reason I say you are going to like this is twofold. First of all, next time you are seriously considering suicide you can dismiss it quickly. Second, and this one’s a little harder to describe, if you are even a tiny bit staying alive for the sake of the community, as a favor to the rest of us, I need to make it clear to you that we are grateful that you stay. I am grateful that you stay alive. —
~Jennifer Michael Hecht, from "Stay"
We are live-tweeting our interview with her right now. Join in and ask your questions. If you’ve been touched by suicide, have concerns about its societal impact, we want to hear from you.
The rhythm and breath of someone reading out loud takes us to a world far away. As a child, I could spend hours pressed against the warmth of my grandmother’s body listening to her read, the rustling of her hand turning the page, watching the birds and the weather outside, transported by the intimacy of a shared side by side. — Love this story artist Ann Hamilton tells about her grandmother. (~Artists statement, the event of a thread)
Best library advertisement imaginable.
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I see my identity as deeply tied to a family. I’m very deeply Jewish. My mannerisms, whatever it may be, I mean, I was brought up with Jewish music, my father, he was very poor, but he celebrated the Shabbat with joy. So I have deep memories, Jewishly. So I have never had the desire to leave. I had the desire that it should be better, so my criticism grows from love. It’s like I was once told, don’t be critical as your mother-in-law who enjoys to find out things that are lacking in you [laughs], but be critical out of compassion, out of real love for what you think the people could be. And as I suffered that, because on one level I want to feel empathy, intimacy, with these people with its history, with its longing, and I know its vulnerabilities, its weaknesses, its psychological problems of wanting to be loved. — ~Rabbi David Hartman from "Hope in a Hopeless God"
If the law doesn’t point to a God, then what is it all about? — ~Rabbi David Hartman from "Hope in a Hopeless God"
woah…the sea and sky just meld into each other here seamlessly. it’s gorgeous
It’s 5 below zero here in Minneapolis today. There’s no way I can compete with this scene right now.