Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)

"Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of ’07
If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience…
I will dispense this advice now. Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth; oh nevermind; you will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded. But trust me, in 20 years you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked… You’re not as fat as you imagine. Don’t worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday. Do one thing everyday that scares you.
Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts, don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.
Don’t waste your time on jealousy; sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind…the race is long, and in the end, it’s only with yourself. Remember the compliments you receive, forget the insults; if you succeed in doing this, tell me how. Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements.
Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life… the most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives, some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don’t.
Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees, you’ll miss them when they’re gone. Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll have children, maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe you’ll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary… what ever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself either – your choices are half chance, so are everybody else’s. Enjoy your body, use it every way you can… don’t be afraid of it, or what other people think of it, it’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.
Dance… even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room.
Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them. Do NOT read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly. Get to know your parents, you never know when they’ll be gone for good. Be nice to your siblings; they are the best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future. Understand that friends come and go, but for the precious few you
should hold on.
Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle because the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young.
Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard; live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.
Accept certain inalienable truths, prices will rise, politicians will philander, you too will get old, and when you do you’ll fantasize that when you were young prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders. Respect your elders. Don’t expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund, maybe you have a wealthy spouse; but you never know when either one might run out. Don’t mess too much with your hair, or by the time you're 40, it will look 85.
Be careful whose advice you buy, but, be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth. But trust me on the sunscreen…"

(Baz Luhrmann - Everybody's Free [To Wear Sunscreen])

Monday, September 27, 2010

12.38 AM Revelation


"Well nothing could be sadder
Than a glass of wine, all alone
Loneliness, loneliness, it's such a WASTE OF TIME!"

Solomon Burke - Cry to Me

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Wish You Were Here

"We all get at least one good wish a year. Over the candles on our birthday. Some of us throw in more. On eyelashes, fountains, lucky stars, and every now and then, one of those wishes comes true.
So what then?
Is it is as good as we'd hoped?
Do we bask in the warm glow of our happiness?
Or, do we just notice we've got a long list of other wishes waiting to be wished?

We don't wish for the easy stuff. We wish for BIG THINGS. Things that are ambitious, out of reach. We wish because we need help and we're scared and we know we may be asking too much. We still wish, though, because sometimes THEY COME TRUE."

(GA, s05, ep11)

"How I wish, how I wish you were here.
We're just two lost souls
Swimming in a fish bowl,
Year after year,
Running over the same old ground.
What have we found?
The same old fears.
Wish you were here."

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Fiat Lux!

"Let there be LIGHT!"
... and so, my newest project emerged!
and it has all about my most recent hobby, which is crafting earrings.
I do love everything that's shiny, and glittery, and colorful, and I do enjoy wearing them!
so... let's listen to some great music in order to celebrate the magic moment! :)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Feeling Good

"Sometimes I forget where I am and I start smiling, no reason whatsoever. I'm happy. Really happy. I get lost somewhere, in a random place, like one forgets an open book on a windowsill."

(Marin Sorescu, Iona)

Monday, September 20, 2010

One Of Those Days

it's just one of those days when I feel like I don't want to wake up, to get out of bed for a long, long time. one of those late mornings when I would just lie in bed, day-dreaming, listening to some soothing French music, to make everything bad go away.
and today is just one of those days.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

They Can Drive You Crazy

'I was half in love with her by the time we sat down. That's the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty, even if they're not much to look at, or even if they're sort of stupid, you fall half in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are. Girls. Jesus Christ. THEY CAN DRIVE YOU CRAZY. They really can.'

(J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye)

Maybe This Time

'Maybe this time I’ll be lucky
Maybe this time HE'LL STAY...
Maybe this time for the first time
Love won’t hurry away
He will hold me fast
I’ll be home at last
Not a loser anymore
Like the last time and the time before
Everybody loves a winner
So nobody loved me
Lady peaceful
Lady happy
That’s what I long to be
Well, all the odds are, they’re in my favor
Something’s bound to begin
It’s gotta happen
Happen sometime

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


"I'll sing it one last time for you
Then I really have to go
You've been the only thing that's right
In all I've done...

And I can barely look at you
But every single time I do
I know we'll make it anywhere
Away from here.

Light up, light up
As if you have a choice

Louder louder
And we'll run for our lives
I can hardly speak I understand
Why you can't raise your voice to say

To think I might not see those eyes
Makes it so hard not to cry
And as we say our long goodbye
I nearly do."

this is the cowardly thing to do. and the easiest. i'm sorry, but that's the way it goes, apparently.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Everything's Not Lost?

"I was gonna love you till the end of all daytime and I was gonna keep all our secret signs and our lullabies. I was made to believe that our love would grow old...
We were gonna live in a treehouse and make babies, and we were gonna bury our ex-lovers and their ghosts... Baby, we WERE made of gold."

Monday, September 13, 2010

¡Que sera, sera!

"When I was just a little girl
I asked my mother, what will I be
Will I be pretty, will I be rich?
Here's what she said to me:

¡Que sera, sera!
Whatever will be, will be
The future's not ours, to see
¡Que sera, sera!
What will be, will be."

Doris Day - Que Sera Sera

Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Last Thing I Need Is YOU

Well, so far, today is quite a BAD DAY! yet another one of those shitty days that seem endless. (and it's only one o'clock.)

just as the song goes:
it started raining with cats and dogs. the exam went bad. raining again. the umbrella broke. a car splashed me. where can i find a cab in this goddamn city? i forgot to pay my bill. all alone, in the middle of nowhere. i don't know streets. where the fuck am i? found myself lost. lost in translation, maybe?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Black Holes And Revelations

'Today’s gonna be a, a less bad day, I can feel it. Sometimes I wake up and I just know everything’s gonna be... less bad.'

Monday, September 6, 2010

I Will Be Chasing the Starlight...

"Far away
This ship is taking me far away
Far away from the memories
Of the people who care if I live or die...

I will be chasing the starlight
Until the end of my life
I don't know if it's worth it anymore."

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Sonnet d'automne

"Ils me disent, tes yeux, clairs comme le cristal:
«Pour toi, bizarre amant, quel est donc mon mérite?»
— Sois charmante et tais-toi! Mon coeur, que tout irrite,
Excepté la candeur de l'antique animal,

Ne veut pas te montrer son secret infernal,
Berceuse dont la main aux longs sommeils m'invite,
Ni sa noire légende avec la flamme écrite.
Je hais la passion et l'esprit me fait mal!

Aimons-nous doucement. L'Amour dans sa guérite,
Ténébreux, embusqué, bande son arc fatal.
Je connais les engins de son vieil arsenal:

Crime, horreur et folie! — Ô pâle marguerite!
Comme moi n'es-tu pas un soleil automnal,
Ô ma si blanche, ô ma si froide Marguerite?"

Charles Baudelaire

(thanks to a dear friend for reminding me about Baudelaire's beauty, in his all-mighty French language!)