Quotes From My Notes #2

There is no love; there are only proofs of love. –Pierre Reverdy

Quotes From My Notes is a running feature where I share quotes that resonate with me or make me think. Feel free to share your own quotes or reactions in the comments! This quote, for example, tends to cause very strong responses; what do you think?

Links from Lyse

I read lots (and lots and lots) during the week, absorbing articles and videos from all over the place. At the end of each week, I’ll share a few of those with you!

  • Confessions of a Seduction Addict” — Spoiler alert! This article is written by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love (and many other books!). I have to admit, I was surprised to discover she was the author, because the article comes from her younger days, not her current enlightened and matured state.  Although I never practiced seduction as destructively as she did, I will admit to enjoying the process of making someone fall in love with me. Similarly, I also like the process of learning someone’s soul, which can lead to destructive relationships.
  • What is genius? Since I’m on a Gilbert kick right now, I also watched her TED talk on genius, which I found freeing and beautiful. It’s worth watching for everyone, but especially anyone who identifies as creative.
  • Do we need Shakespeare? Having just finished a year of studying Shakespeare in university, I have pretty strong feelings about this argument. But instead of ranting here, I’ll just link to another article (which I don’t entirely agree with) and let you hash it out in the comments.
  • Just this week I discovered Gretchen Rubin’s blog and podcast (also available on SoundCloud). Rubin researches happiness and habits, which she has written about in The Happiness ProjectHappier at Home, and Better Than Before. I have read The Happiness Project and really loved it. If you’re constantly searching for ways to improve your habits, want to become happier, or wish you were more organized, check out some of her material!

What did you find this week? Love any of these links? Let me know in the comments!

Quotes from my Notes


img-rivers-mountainriver-russiaI tend to collect quotes in random places (especially a massive collection of notes on my desktop), so I’m going to start sharing those quotes with you all. Feel free to discuss and share quotes of your own! Enjoy.

If you pour a handful of salt into a cup of water, the water becomes undrinkable. But if you pour the salt into a river, people can continue to draw the water to cook, wash, and drink. The river is immense, and it has the capacity to receive, embrace, and transform. When our hearts are small, our understanding and compassion are limited, and we suffer. We can’t accept or tolerate others and their shortcomings, and we demand that they change. But when our hearts expand, these same things don’t make us suffer anymore. We have a lot of understanding and compassion and can embrace others. We accept others as they are, and then they have a chance to transform. –Thich Nhat Hanh

Book Review: Quiet

quiet coverTitle: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
Author: Susan Cain
Genre: Non-fiction, Psychology

Quiet blends personal stories with tons of research to create a thorough analysis of introversion. How-to meets inspiration in a book that ought to be a must-read for the entire world. Introverts for a fuller understanding and appreciation of their skills. Extroverts for a fuller understanding and appreciation of the introverts in their lives. Continue reading

Win A Doodle! Hooray!


Want to win a customized doodle? Check out Mike Allegra’s post!

Originally posted on heylookawriterfellow:


Here’s your chance to win an official Mike Allegra custom made doodle!

But first, a word from Giddy Happy Mike:

This is the cover of the July 2015 issue of Highlights for Children.

Highlights coverIsn’t it great? I especially like this part:

Highlights cover detailThat’s my story!

“Harold’s Hat,” is in the latest issue of Highlights (which is awesome)! And the editors decided to promote it on the magazine’s cover (which is awesomer)!

The issue arrived in my mailbox on Saturday. My son took one look at it, turned to me and said, “You are so cool.”

Best Fathers’ Day Present Ever.

The entire magazine is fantastic, by the way (Highlights is always fantastic). So be sure to pick up a copy for the little ones in your life. OK?

Thank you for indulging me. Now where was I? Oh, yes…


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Book Review: Perfect Scoundrels (Heist Society #3)

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Title: Perfect Scoundrels
Series: Heist Society (#3)
Author: Ally Carter

Kat Bishop, teenage member of a high-end criminal family, runs the con of her life when Hale, her boyfriend and best friend inherits his family’s company. Fake wills, stolen products, long-lost family members, museum raids, impossible banks, and shifting loyalties combine to create a confusing and desperate situation for Kat and her friends.

I’ve been a fan of Ally Carter’s work since I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You. Continue reading

Book Review: The Vow

Yes, The Channing Tatum, Valentine’s Day Tearjerker Vow. Please don’t stop reading.

The Vow film was based on the true story of Kim & Krickitt Carpenter, who told their story in a book titled “The Vow.” The plot doesn’t really have much suspense, so I don’t feel that my review really includes spoilers, but if you’re super careful about such things, skip this review. Continue reading