Monday, September 16, 2013

to be happy is a duty

“I'm beginning to believe that there are angels disguised as men who pass themselves off as such and who inhabit the earth for a while to console and lift up with them toward heaven the poor, exhausted and saddened souls who were ready to perish here below.”

- George Sand


by Anna Kamienska

Don't worry there'll still be a lot of suffering
For now you have the right to cling to the sleeve
of someone's blunt friendship
To be happy is a duty which you neglect
A careless user of time
you send days like geese to the meadow
Don't worry you'll die many times
until you learn at the very end to love life

{from Astonishments, on my recommended shelf above}

Yes, that there will be plenty of suffering in a life. That alone should be enough to give us permission to be happy. To look for happiness. To look for beauty. To make something beautiful of one's life. To love life.

The photographs today - our living room. The wings I'm a bit obsessed with and remind me of the Marquez story I'm also obsessed with. The thing is, Amanda Leduc, pretty much beat me to this in her incredible, disturbing book, The Miracles of Ordinary Men.

The furniture is stuff Rob bought from used stores before we were married. In his early 20s he collected furniture from junk shops. And it's all still holding up, which is more than you can say for a lot of Ikea stuff. Though I do love a lot of Ikea style. What I like is how worn everything is getting. That we've been able to live with many of the same things for some time, and not tire of them. The arrangement on the table for example. A bunch of oddly shaped vases, that were mostly picked up here and there, mostly at Winners. And because they remind us of Giorgio Morandi. Who also must have been an angel. A sort of one. For his work lifts us up.


  1. Beautiful words and great reminder. Will savor this today. Nothing like furniture that is well loved, a cozy place for many conversations.

  2. i
    whom do not like the word whom
    do love your space.
    for it seems more than just a home. it seems
    like a true space.
    for each of you. like it is even nourishing. the way an old abbey might be
    i whom do not like most spaces like your beautiful space!
    and just can't resist . . . :D LOL.

  3. I love that you love this space, Tammy! :)

    Thank you Fjord girl...have been enjoying your space too...


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