Only three things to live

mary-oliver Mary Oliver, sept.10.1935, Single of the Day





Black water woods

Look, the trees
are turning
their own bodies
into pilars of light,
are giving off the rich
fragrance of cinnamon
and fulfillment,
the long tapers
of cattails
are bursting and floating away over
the blue shoulders
of the ponds,
and every pond,
no matter what its name is, is nameless now.
Every year
I have ever learned
in my lifetime
leads back to this: the fires
and the black river of loss
whose other side
is salvation,
whose meaning
none of us will ever know.
To live in this world
you must be able

to do three things:
to love what is mortal;
to hold it
against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go.”


So long, see you tomorrow

william_keepers_maxwell_jrWilliam Keepers Maxwell, aug.16.1908-july.31.2000, Single of the Day





Too many conflicting emotional interests are involved for life ever to be wholly acceptable, and possibly it is the work of the storyteller to rearrange things, so that they conform to this end.











Picture author unknown.

Franzen Purity, or the feeling of guilty…

Jonathan+FranzenJonathan Franzen, 17.8.1959, Single of the Day


Family, relationships, hate and love, and capacity – or nececssity? – to live on solitude. All dressed up with sense of guilty. To reflect on feelings and life.


“E’ questo che vuoi?

Ci pensai e dissi:  Voglio vederla di nuovo felice. Un tempo era una donna straordinaria, ma adesso è molto abbattuta. Credo che se fosse felice e realizzata sarei felice con lei.

La tua felicità non dovrebbe dipendere dalla sua, – disse mia madre . – Eri un bambino felice, e so che io e tuo padre non siamo stati genitori facilissimi, ma non credo che ti abbiamo fatto del male. Hai il diritto di essere felice per conto tuo. Se stai con una persona che non riesce a essere felice, devi riflettere su cosa vuoi fare.” (da Purity – Einaudi)





Ragtime in Paradise

EL-Doctorow-at-his-home-i-001 E.L. Doctorow – 6.1.31 – 25.7.15 – Single of the Day



“A book is not complete until it’s read. The reader’s mind flows through sentences as through a circuit – it illuminates them and brings them to life”.

Thank you Mr. Doctorow to let us dream with reality, even the worst. Have a wonderful Ragtime up there.



Prima di tutto, Cappuccetto Rosso

Clarissa Pinkola Estés, single del giorno







Se non vai nei boschi, nulla accadrà mai, e la tua vita non avrà mai inizio.

                                                                  Clarissa Pinkola Estés (da Donne che corrono coi lupi)