"There is always something to be made of pain."
Louise Gluck, excerpt from, “Love Poem” (via mythologyofblue)

"This was love: a string of coincidences that gathered significance and became miracles."
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, “Half of a Yellow Sun (via larmoyante)

"If you have endured a great despair,
then, you did it alone."
Anne Sexton, from “Courage (via violentwavesofemotion)

"I love the abstract, delicate, profound, vague, voluptuously wordless sensation of living ecstatically."
Anaïs Nin, from a letter to Henry Miller (via violentwavesofemotion)

Meandering wadis combine to form dense, branching networks across the stark, arid landscape of southeastern Jordan. The Arabic word “wadi” means a gully or streambed that typically remains dry except after drenching, seasonal rains. Image courtesy of USGS National Center for EROS and NASA Landsat Project Science Office.

Turf houses in Iceland

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."
Confucius (via observando)


We’ve been married for 16 years. We’ve both gotten a bit rounder than we used to be, but what isn’t hotter has grown warmer. I have to admit I never really understood how growing older would be when I was younger. Let me see if I can explain what I mean.

When I see my wife now, it’s like looking at a person in a time warp. She has a certain smile that takes me back to a memory of our honeymoon. There is a mischievous grin that puts me inside a moment when we were still dating. She has these little hairs that curl right below her ear that make me think of the first morning I woke up with her next to me.

There are so many layers now; such a deep, wonderful complexity about how she makes me feel when I see her. She’s like a succulent dish that has been prepared by a master chef. Or a rich, velvety wine with that perfect blend of buttery smoothness and dry finish. She is my heart, my love, truly my better half. She helps me to be the kind of man and father I’ve always wanted to be.

Am I attracted to her? Oh, god, yes. No matter how we look now, I see her across all the years as a kind of gestalt vision of who she is and what she means to me. She is the most interesting and attractive person I’ve ever had in my life. No one else even comes a close second.