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this is a record of my latest projects, things-in-progress, and fun and interesting finds.

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J


"Isn’t a story a charm?" from 
¡Yo! By Julia Alvarez

"Isn’t a story a charm?" from
¡Yo! By Julia Alvarez

— 7 hours ago

theremin magic

What a dreary, rainy, soggy, mildew-smelling week so far. I think this calls for a theremin break.  And even more fascinating than a theremin—the Matryomin!  Watch the video playlist below to find out what the heck that is.

love, julie


— 1 day ago

#theremin  #matryomin  #magic 
"

Forgiveness.

The ability to forgive oneself. Stop here for a few breaths and think about this, because it is the key to making art and very possibly the key to finding any semblance of happiness in life. Every time I have set out to translate the book (or story, or hopelessly long essay) that exists in such brilliant detail on the big screen of my limbic system onto a piece of paper (which, let’s face it, was once a towering tree crowned with leaves and a home to birds), I grieve for my own lack of talent and intelligence. Every. Single. Time. Were I smarter, more gifted, I could pin down a closer facsimile of the wonders I see. I believe that, more than anything else, this grief of constantly having to face down our own inadequacies is what keeps people from being writers. Forgiveness, therefore, is key. I can’t write the book I want to write, but I can and will write the book I am capable of writing. Again and again throughout the course of my life I will forgive myself.

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— 2 days ago with 1491 notes

getting to the end of House on Mango Street #sandracisneros #books

getting to the end of House on Mango Street #sandracisneros #books

— 2 days ago

#sandracisneros  #books 
I don’t think I belong in here #mollyringwald #breakfastclub

I don’t think I belong in here #mollyringwald #breakfastclub

— 3 days ago

#mollyringwald  #breakfastclub 
#shanghai

#shanghai

— 5 days ago

#shanghai 
booooo #shanghai

booooo #shanghai

— 6 days ago

#shanghai 
today’s poem: the muckers by Carl Sandburg (spelled wrong in the photo) #poetry

today’s poem: the muckers by Carl Sandburg (spelled wrong in the photo) #poetry

— 1 week ago

#poetry 
#yellow #shanghai

#yellow #shanghai

— 1 week ago

#shanghai  #yellow 
#shanghai #pup #dogs

#shanghai #pup #dogs

— 1 week ago

#shanghai  #pup  #dogs 
sweetness crossing the street #shanghai

sweetness crossing the street #shanghai

— 1 week ago with 1 note

#shanghai 
#shanghai #pudong #trash #constructiion

#shanghai #pudong #trash #constructiion

— 1 week ago

#shanghai  #pudong  #trash  #constructiion 
at the Taiwan goods store #shanghai #taiwan #cute

at the Taiwan goods store #shanghai #taiwan #cute

— 1 week ago

#cute  #taiwan  #shanghai 
teddy bear tarp #shanghai #pudong #teddybear

teddy bear tarp #shanghai #pudong #teddybear

— 1 week ago

#shanghai  #pudong  #teddybear 
2nd in the series

2nd in the series

— 1 week ago