approaching_joy "She's mad but she's magic. There's no lie in her fire." - Charles Bukowski *** This weekend at #tcoyos I lit a fire to all the negative bullshit I've ever believed about myself. I would highly encourage you to do the same.
Illustration of cheap matchbooks via the esteemed @eileenbjennings
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approaching_joy I just want to get Elvis Presley's gun out & shoot the television out of their soul. -Patti Smith *** I don't know a lot about either Patti Smith or Elvis Presley's gun but I know I appreciated what Ms. Smith had to say about parenting. For a link to the article join the five other lovely people who receive my sporadic newsletters (hitting in-boxes across three counties tonight) at http://www.approachingjoy.com/subscribe/ 2w

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approaching_joy "Idleness is a form of art, one that should be praised, contemplated, and exercised daily." -Roman Muradov
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Here's to taking advantage of the last couple snow days of the season.
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approaching_joy Happiness is in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. - Theodore Roosevelt.
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  •   heyjoy I need to regram this @approaching_joy! :) #truth 2w
  •   willowdaygram Want these keys 6d
  •   willowdaygram Did you stamp them yourself? 6d
  •   approaching_joy @willowdaygram I didn't. Totally serendipitous- The women who had the position before me at work was named "joy" & someone thought it would be cute to give her a set of custom keys. When she left they were passed on to me. When I leave I may ask them to cut another set & file these down... Just so I always have them. 6d
  •   willowdaygram Oh. I love this even more now. My sister had a life changing teacher named Joy who put this (already beloved word) on top of most cherished names list. Thank for sharing. Lovely. 6d

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approaching_joy "A mind too active is no mind at all." - Theodore Roethke
Happy weekend friends.
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approaching_joy The sky is the same color as the orange sherbet that she would buy from Sam's club in big 5 gallon buckets.
I was never able to carry a new full bucket from her deep freeze to her kitchen table.
I was also never strong enough scoop anything larger than small slivers.
I would push a chair up to the sink and heat up my spoon under the scalding hot water.
All I ever got were small watery sherbet slivers in return.
That sky though. It's beautiful.
I'm scared that I will never see another sky as beautiful as her.
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approaching_joy "Just keep swimming." -Dory 3w

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approaching_joy "If winter comes, can spring be far behind?" -Percy Bysshe Shelley
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approaching_joy "Folks, I'm telling you, birthing is hard & dying is mean - so get yourself a little loving in between."
- #langstonhughes
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approaching_joy Freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of religion all have a double aspect - freedom of thought and freedom of action. - Frank Murphy
#newseum
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  •   thelovelylisab Lovelovelove that museum! The election section is my fave. Have fun!!! 1mon
  •   chitknit Love it. I was just there in November. Such a great place. 1mon

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approaching_joy Traveling while having bronchitis in the middle of winter while visiting a walkable city is... To be frank... A pain in the ass.
I *want* to spend the day exploring & learning & doing. What I'm having to do is closer to "resting & relaxing & sleeping". To do that I didn't need to buy a plane ticket and I didn't need to have to ask my younger brother to give up his bed to his sister Lady HacksALot.
So yes: definitely frustrated. But I think this is one more lesson on my "learning to be more flexible" journey. And sometimes lessons aren't terribly fun, but most times they are valuable.
1mon

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approaching_joy The true university these days is a collection of books. - Inscription at the @librarycongress **It's so beautiful here. I can't believe I've never visited before now.*** 1mon

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approaching_joy My little Piscine heart aches for the occasional injection of scenes that one would find in a chick flick. #morningpages #15min2015 1mon

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approaching_joy I grew up here.
Not in the "spent my childhood here" sense but in the "life lessons I needed to learn" sense. Coming back always reminds me how far I've come.
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approaching_joy I *may* have some unresolved anxiety about flying... #morningpages #15min2015 1mon
  •   giovabrusa This made me laugh lots of anxiety about flying here as well 1mon
  •   approaching_joy @giovabrusa so good to know other (smart, talented, otherwise sane) people feel the same. 1mon
  •   giovabrusa Haha! The sane part is very questionable 1mon

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approaching_joy If at some point you don't ask yourself, "What have I gotten myself into?"then you're not doing it right. - Roland Gau

#3rdtrimestertravel @flyxna #nwark #vscocam
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approaching_joy Just a self-reminder that this #morningpages stuff is less Shakespeare & more brain dump.
#15min2015
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approaching_joy Her curiosity sustains her.
-All the Light We Cannot See

#readingthrough2015
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