To know we’re not alone

Just a few thoughts for today:

“We read to know we’re not alone.” – William Nicholson, Shadowlands

This is one of my favorite quotes, spoken by the fictional C.S. Lewis in Shadowlands, though it is commonly attributed to the real C.S. Lewis, who frankly has more than enough to take credit for without also taking credit for things another author supposed he might have said.  Anyway, I would like to propose an amendment to this quote.

“We write to know we’re not alone.” – Becca Nelson

Or at least, I write to know I am not alone.  I suppose some other writers may just enjoy reading their own words.  Continue reading

This week sounds like: moonlight

I made this playlist late at night, on an Amtrak train traveling through Indiana cornfields.  There was a big, yellow harvest moon in Indiana last night, and I wish I could have photographed it.  Instead, I made you a playlist with two of my favorite opera singers, and a piece from Sleeping At Last’s Space album, which I am currently obsessed with.  Listen to this playlist at night, and I guarantee it will change your life.  Continue reading

The Fault in Our Religion

I came home the other night to find my dad sitting on the couch, watching the movie Enchanted by himself.  I didn’t find this at all surprising, figuring that he also knows most of the dialogue of the movies The Prince and Me and The Princess Diaries (parts 1 and 2).  This is a strange world I live in, I know.  Both of my parents also get genuinely excited when Dish Network gives them a free trial of the Hallmark Channel.  

So in case you haven’t figured this out, in my house we are big fans of Happily Ever After.  Movies are a form of escapism, and it’s so much nicer to escape into a world where nothing is exploding, nobody is dying, and everyone goes on to live in an eternal state of bliss.  Continue reading

The Stories of Right Now

At times in my life, I’ve had a definite sense of temporary-ness.  In college, I lived in an an unfashionable on-campus apartment with peeling paint and wood paneling and outdated linoleum.  Though it certainly needed some work, It wouldn’t have made any sense to re-paint or fix it up in any way, knowing I would only be there for a few months.  Just get through it, I told myself, and then you can move somewhere else.  Continue reading

If Our Hearts Need to be Broken (New post for Single Roots)

To be honest, I haven’t had a lot of good dating experiences. In my 25 years as a socially awkward introvert, I’ve always struggled with the vast differences between the men I want to date and the men who want to date me. Very rarely does someone fall into both categories. If we lived in a world where men idealized women who read a lot of books rather than women who are confident and attractive, perhaps my experience would be different.

Recently, I was reminded of one of my favorite quotes by C.S. Lewis from his book The Four Loves which says, “To love at all is to be vulnerable.” Continue reading