For a very short time a girl named Paulina kept a flickr page
called “Irony on my tongue,” a beautiful visual diary…

Somewhere in between
My choice is the old world — my choice, my need, my life.
More of my pretty Christmas things
Pretty things
In my bag

She photographed some of her favorite things: books (Henry James and Jane Austen), a vintage black dress, Miu Miu ballerina flats, macarons, a pretty pink package.

She neatly displayed the contents of her leather satchel: a little beaded purse, a pair of glasses,
a tube of red lipstick…

The page offered a candid look at her life as a young woman seeking to define her style
and her place in the world.

And then, without warning, she posted this in August:

Moving on.
She explained: “Hello, I have decided to abandon this flickr,
I cannot say why but it just feels like I ought to do it….”

It was a reminder of how fragile the web of connections is on the Internet.
Without notice, a person can be gone, leaving little more than a broken URL.

Several weeks later, Paulina started posting again on another flickr pageand on tumblr — and I am so glad.

The gossamer glimpses into other people’s worlds are beautiful but often fleeting.
They are always best savored in the moment.


18 Comments on A Glimpse

  1. Awwww, this is charming. I keep forgetting to do a post on the contents of my handbag. But this reminds me of the time when you were going to close out your blog and it broke my heart.

    But then you came back and I was so happy. Because your blog is so sweet and so refreshing and so darling… and I just love books and coming to your website makes my day…have an awesome day!

  2. Oh thank you so much! I’m so sorry I scared you! I was under pressure at the time to close down my blog by a previous boss…I tried to close it down, but I couldn’t do it. I would have missed you all terribly…I have a different job now and I’m much happier…I’m here to stay!

  3. Oh wow. I completely understand. Job is more important, of course. But I’m so glad everything worked out for you. Also, I saw the update to your birthday post and I clicked on the link. Congrats and I love your photo. You are luminous.

  4. I always love to pay you a visit – there’s something to inspire waiting for me every time with lovely links to follow. Paulina has a beautiful take on life.

  5. I am new to your blog and was consequently spared the sadness of temporarily losing it. I’ve only been here a short time, but I’m already hooked! These photos are beautiful. I love the Henry James volume. There’s something about the feel of an antiquarian book in one’s hand. It can’t be beat!

  6. i love this post. you’re so right about the way people can just disappear. the way that we are all connected through the web is a little bizarre when you think about it and you get a very intimate glimpse into someone’s life and their personality.


  7. So gorgeous. What a lovely Flickr find. It does break my heart when people close down their blogs/flickr/tumblr etc. Sometimes people fail to realize how much they inspire others.

  8. The fragility and lack of permanence of web-content fascinates me … in generations to come, is there going to be a huge hole in cultural history because so much creativity has failed to survive beyond its life as an electrical signal?

  9. It’s true, what you say. There is such a high turnover rate of bloggers and the like. Makes some of us not want to get to attached, you know?

  10. i feel this…have been blogging for near 3 years i have seen many come and go…and i have mourned several blog friends that passed on…to me that has been the shock the depth of feeling we can generate for those we have never seen IRL…

  11. I’ve seen a lot of blogging friends come and go in my time. It’s always sad when one completely disappears without warning. You just have to hope that they’re out there living their lives to the fullest and enjoying every minute. :)