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What makes my story ‘incredible’ isn’t ‘the girlfriend on the run from assorted and sundry ex-pimps’ or ‘the improbable number of kerfuffles involving the FBI’ or ‘how my last shrink used to be Patricia Cornwell’s and, oh, also my mother’s,’ it’s how, after all this, my long-overdeveloped sense of empathy not only hasn’t atrophied into nothingness, it’s actually still pretty overdeveloped.

- journal fragment, late 2011 [here]

From a forgotten notebook

From a forgotten notebook

I guess I’m an official Portlander now.

I guess I’m an official Portlander now.

when he sits on my lower back to relieve the pain and, once situated, we catch up on our respective Internets.

when he sits on my lower back to relieve the pain and, once situated, we catch up on our respective Internets.

universitybookstore:

For National Poetry Month—

After the First Lightning

I will ask your permission
to weave a story
from your hair, weave it

around both of us
as we sit, warm and safe
on the hill above
the reservation and all

her skins, watch
the first storms of the year
approach, pass over
then move away.


The Lover of Maps

She unfolds and folds me
directs me
to an exact place
on the reservation

where nothing is ever written down.
She tells me
our stories are maps
told on a scale

larger than can be held
by our clumsy hands.

—Sherman Alexie, from The Summer of Black Widows (Hanging Loose Press)

BRB, off to buy some hula hoops

today he looked at my falafel sandwich from Noah’s food cart downtown and said, ”If I ever ask you to marry me, I will probably hand you something like this instead of a ring.” 

So… win?

today he looked at my falafel sandwich from Noah’s food cart downtown and said, ”If I ever ask you to marry me, I will probably hand you something like this instead of a ring.”

So… win?

This guy.

This guy.

Apr 8

I continue to do abortions after 25 years because the voices of gratitude and relief from my patients drown out the hatred and intolerance from the protesters outside. In the small still hours of the night I am at peace with myself and with God, who gave me this mission in life.

-

Mary Smith, MD. Dallas, TX.

Physicians for Reproductive Health - Why I Provide Abortions

Celebrate Abortion Provider Appreciation Day!

(via bebinn)

Apr 8

When I’m editing a memoir and I get an author to confess something really personal but incredibly powerful

lifeinsmallpresspublishing:

When I encounter . gifs used to communicate something tender and sincere:

Apr 7
I might have mentioned, Jacob is a bit of a goofball. (A sexy, sexy goofball.)

I might have mentioned, Jacob is a bit of a goofball. (A sexy, sexy goofball.)

Apr 7
Happy Spring! (With Hugo & Jacob.)

Happy Spring! (With Hugo & Jacob.)

Apr 5
I call this composition “impaled bear with daffodils.”

I call this composition “impaled bear with daffodils.”

Apr 5
This gentleman wishes to recommend a particular brand of whiskey.

This gentleman wishes to recommend a particular brand of whiskey.

Apr 5

Dealing with the baggage of other people’s secrets

makes it challenging to distinguish one’s own truth.