'Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes; for those who love with heart and soul there is no separation.' Rumi (1207 - 1273)
Late 1958, John Steinbeck's son, Thom, wrote to his parents from boarding school telling them he had fallen in love. These extracts are taken from his father's reply, sent from New York on 10 November 1958. First — if you are in love — that’s a good thing — that’s about the best thing that can … Continue reading Steinbeck: On Love
'Only connect! That was the whole of her sermon. Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer.' 'Howard's End' ch. 22. E.M. Forster (Yes, another quote from my favourite of Forster's novels).
I speak about the dead in the present tense. This unsettles many people. Most, it turns out, prefer to ignore death altogether. They certainly don't want it dragged into the here and now. The past perfect suits them very nicely, thank you. Over time, I have come to terms with this tension. Now, I mind … Continue reading A Visit to the Medium.
There is no manual is there? No go-to online guide or weighty tome to tell you how to be when you are in love, how to cope with the sudden onset of these alarming symptoms. You do, of course, read all about it, talk all about it, think all about it. But it isn't helping … Continue reading So, you’re in love?
There's this brave, witty, sometimes oddly petulant, man striding around in an occupied territory knowing and then not wanting to know that he's bound to die and to die painfully. And in the middle of it all, to say things that have never been said, and are still not said, about love. As a model … Continue reading Jesus
Anxiety is love's greatest killer. It creates the failures. It makes others feel as you might when a drowning man holds onto you. You want to save him, but you know he will strangle you with his panic.Anais Nin. February 1947.