Month: February 2012

Love Letter.

Crystal Neubauer via Cubicle Refugee tumblr
Crystal Neubauer via Cubicle Refugee tumblr

Hi there! It’s Denise from Hello,Moxie! In honor of Leap Day, I thought I’d share something about love. When I was a kid, the teachers told us that February 29th was the day that girls could ask out the boys. I have no idea what that’s all about! But it’s one of the funny little things I remember and I think is fun about this day.

I came across this amazing love letter a while back and am so excited to share it with all of you — because I know we are all lovers of words, right? It was written by Richard Feynman after his wife passed away. The line that just kills me is — “I want to have problems to discuss with you — I want to do little projects with you.” Isn’t just the best declaration of love? To share and just want to be with each other. That line made me cry. I love it! The postscript is quite charming, too. I found the letter at www.lettersofnote.com. And ladies, please excuse me — I write my blog on Blogger and I have no idea how to code and format and properly credit and link here! Here’s the letter. Enjoy!

October 17, 1946

D’Arline,

I adore you, sweetheart.

I know how much you like to hear that — but I don’t only write it because you like it — I write it because it makes me warm all over inside to write it to you.

It is such a terribly long time since I last wrote to you — almost two years but I know you’ll excuse me because you understand how I am, stubborn and realistic; and I thought there was no sense to writing.

But now I know my darling wife that it is right to do what I have delayed in doing, and that I have done so much in the past. I want to tell you I love you. I want to love you. I always will love you.

I find it hard to understand in my mind what it means to love you after you are dead — but I still want to comfort and take care of you — and I want you to love me and care for me. I want to have problems to discuss with you — I want to do little projects with you. I never thought until just now that we can do that. What should we do. We started to learn to make clothes together — or learn Chinese — or getting a movie projector. Can’t I do something now? No. I am alone without you and you were the “idea-woman” and general instigator of all our wild adventures.

When you were sick you worried because you could not give me something that you wanted to and thought I needed. You needn’t have worried. Just as I told you then there was no real need because I loved you in so many ways so much. And now it is clearly even more true — you can give me nothing now yet I love you so that you stand in my way of loving anyone else — but I want you to stand there. You, dead, are so much better than anyone else alive.

I know you will assure me that I am foolish and that you want me to have full happiness and don’t want to be in my way. I’ll bet you are surprised that I don’t even have a girlfriend (except you, sweetheart) after two years. But you can’t help it, darling, nor can I — I don’t understand it, for I have met many girls and very nice ones and I don’t want to remain alone — but in two or three meetings they all seem ashes. You only are left to me. You are real.

My darling wife, I do adore you.

I love my wife. My wife is dead.

Rich.

PS Please excuse my not mailing this — but I don’t know your new address.

A Love Story

Hi, guys! I’m Molly, writer of Musings from Los Angeles,  and have been a longtime reader of English Muse. I love talking books and great style, so naturally this blog has been a go-to of mine. I’m honored to make an appearance here blogging about an important part of this site — books, of course!

Today I want to talk about the marvelousness that is Christina Haag’s memoir, Come to the Edge. It’s really hard for me to pass anything up that involves the Kennedys (my Vanity Fair magazine collection about this family is borderline embarrassing). So when I discovered this book I couldn’t resist diving right into it. And I’m happy to report, it was as wonderful as I had hoped it would be.

Christina Haag starts her story back when she had her first interaction with the Kennedys — she attended the same elementary school as Caroline — but chronicles her close friendship with John through high school, college and the “real world.”

But instead of focusing on the stories that have already been told about John F. Kennedy Jr. — or as she affectionately calls him, John-John — she tells stories of running in his circle of friends in high school and being his roommate at Brown University, and costarring in plays together back in New York. From their trips to Martha’s Vineyard, to posh parties in Manhattan, every aspect of their love story is endearing and heartwarming and their adventures keep you completely immersed in their glamorous lifestyles. In a lot of ways, you find yourself rooting for them even though you already know how their love story pans out. Haag does an excellent job of weaving through their intimate past to how she dealt with his loss in one of the most compelling manners I’ve come across in the literary world in awhile.

“When it’s warmer, we will sail to Cuttyhunk. When the leaves are tipped with red, we will hike on Naushon.” — Come to the Edge

Thanks, English Muse readers for letting me talk books on this corner of the internet.

~Molly

[Images from Vanity Fair]

Things Not to Worry About…

I came across a letter which F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote his daughter, Scottie, when she was 11. He gives simple and yet important advises on life to Scottie towards the end of the letter!

After reading it, I thought that I definitely should share it with you, dear English Muse readers! Reading it gave me very much of courage, hope and motivation, I hope it would do the trick for you as well :)

Here comes the list of F. Scott Fitzgerald:

Things to worry about:

Worry about courage
Worry about cleanliness
Worry about efficiency
Worry about horsemanship

Things not to worry about:

Don’t worry about popular opinion
Don’t worry about dolls
Don’t worry about the past
Don’t worry about the future
Don’t worry about growing up
Don’t worry about anybody getting ahead of you
Don’t worry about triumph
Don’t worry about failure unless it comes through your own fault
Don’t worry about mosquitoes
Don’t worry about flies
Don’t worry about insects in general
Don’t worry about parents
Don’t worry about boys
Don’t worry about disappointments
Don’t worry about pleasures
Don’t worry about satisfactions

Things to think about:

What am I really aiming at?
How good am I really in comparison to my contemporaries in regard to:

(a) Scholarship
(b) Do I really understand about people and am I able to get along with them?
(c) Am I trying to make my body a useful instrument or am I neglecting it?

With dearest love,

Daddy

Wise words, don’t you agree? If only we could internalize them in the course our daily lives…  And, don’t worry about insects in general, I wish I could do this 😉

Guest Post by Gulfem@All Happy Things Around

Photo Credits List of Note and Nantucket Youth)

Paris Stays With You

Hello fellow English Muse readers! I’m Jen Zahigian of That Wondrous Time and Roadside Photographs.  I am a photographer from sunny California with a love for roadside relics and independent bookstores. Tina is an inspiration, and I’m so happy to be a guest here today.
I’d like to share photographs from my first visit to Paris, in Spring 2005.  I was lucky enough to spend three weeks there with my Mother, experiencing the best Mother & Daughter adventure a girl could dream up.  We rented a cozy apartment on Rue Dauphine in the 6th Arr. near Pont Neuf.  We walked, rode trains, visited museums, shopped for shoes, prepared meals, and treated ourselves to many, many fresh baguettes and pastries. It was amazing to call Paris home for three weeks, and in that time life was beautiful. 
Thankfully, as Hemingway wrote, Paris stays with you.  The memories feel fresh, and I can hardly believe seven years have gone by.  In just two short months I’ll be traveling to Paris again (and Bavaria, and Switzerland!) with my husband, and of course, my camera.   I look forward to bringing home new photographs to share with you.
For now, I hope you’ll enjoy these photographs of Paris as I saw it…
Jen
Autocar
Museum Girl

Blue Truck, Paris

Aux Mouches
Modern Reflection
Avenue de New York

Hand in Hand

Imaginations in Springtime
Finding My Way, Paris

Galerie Babylonia

The Gardenway Passage
The Checkered Path
May Day
Stop 'n Watch
Piano Street
Fonatainebleau
Last night in Paris (The Violet Hour)

 “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”

-Ernest Hemingway

P.S.  A photo of me & my Mom bundled up for a chilly boat ride along the Seine…

Here it comes

Hello English Muse readers! I’m Karen from A Simple Cup of Tea and I’m happy to share a little guest post of my own with you while Tina is traveling.

Spring is coming. I can feel it in the air and I couldn’t be more delighted.

Don’t get me wrong, the temperatures in Belgium aren’t anywhere near real spring weather but the sun is shining and warming any face who turns towards it.

Even though it’s still way too cold to sit outside reading a book or having a picnic it’s definitely not too early to start planning spring shenanigans. The things I’m planning at the moment are my spring wardrobe (and a little bit my dress-list for a trip to London this summer), little adventure trips with my friends, picnics, bike rides and leisurely reading sessions outside in the park.

What are you looking forward to with spring coming up? Any to do-lists?

Picture credits: 1. 2. 3.

It’s A Wonderful Day For Doris Day!

 Doris Day is the epitome of kindness, sincerity, and femininity. I first became a fan at thirteen and forever became transfixed with the wonderful music and movies of this great lady. She teaches us all to be better human beings with her enormous work for the care of animals.  At almost eighteen my love for her has not diminished a bit. Doris Day continues to inspire young women to always remember to stay true as well as sweet. – Dominique Lessing

“I like joy; I want to be joyous. I want to smile and I want to make people laugh. And that`s all I want.  I like being happy. I want to make others happy.” ― Doris Day

( images from dorisday.com/Brian from dorisday.net/life.com)

Posted by guest blogger Dominique Lessing.

Women to Get Inspired By…

Life is strange, in a beautiful and mystical way. Reading this blog on a regular basis was a true motivation for me to start my own blog and now I am writing a post as a guest blogger for my favourite blog ever! I am Gulfem from All Happy Things Around, just thrilled by being a part of English Muse.

As this blog was my inspiration to dive into blogging world, I thought that it would be a good idea to write about another substantial inspiration of mine, women who ages in a distinguishably elegant and beautiful way..

I have extreme curiosity about how I will be looking like when I will turn into my 30s, 40s, 50s and so on? What about the look on my face, my smile? Will they all be more meaningful than today or will I just appear sad about all those past years? I am not afraid of having wrinkles on my face in future. For me, they will be just signs of all experiences I have in my life, no matter good or bad. Those experiences are ones what determines our current state of being, who we are at the moment.

Look at those ladies, Meryl Streep, Audrey Hepburn, Julianne Moore and Catherine Deneuve ! How elegant, refined and wise they look… They just embrace what past years offer to them, they did not fight with those years! Their photos have so much to tell us, right?

I am looking forward to hear examples you’ve got dear English Muse readers! Who might be other women who age in a distinguishably fabulous way?

(Text is from Gulfem@All Happy Things Around, photos from joemcneilis, RareAudreyHepburn, miradademiranda, LovesJulie)

 

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