Factober

My mother-in-law speaks not a word of English. I speak not a word of Tajiki. So I smile at her ingratiatingly and she fixes me with a beady eye.

Posted 3 months, 4 weeks ago

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The lack of a sense of history is the damnation of the modern world.

The lack of a sense of history is the damnation of the modern world.
Posted 4 months ago

I am a man, and men do not drink pink drinks. Now, be gone, woman, and fetc

I am a man, and men do not drink pink drinks. Now, be gone, woman, and fetch me something brown." Jace said. "Brown?" said Isabelle."Yes. Brown. It's a manly color. See? Alec is wearing it." Jace said."Well, it was black but it faded." Alec said."Well, I
Posted 4 months ago

You want to be competent? she thought. You want to learn to be in control o

You want to be competent? she thought. You want to learn to be in control of what goes on around you, rather than just being pushed around? Then you’ll have to learn to deal with failure.
Posted 4 months ago

He ran from one side of the cage, and then back again, which was not very f

He ran from one side of the cage, and then back again, which was not very far. It was far only if you were a puppy.
Posted 4 months ago

Every now and then I have to take a backward step in giving in. Not because

Every now and then I have to take a backward step in giving in. Not because of expecting something in return. But because I want to see how far God has changed me from what I used to be. I guess this is the only pain of humility! To offer your own heartbe
Posted 4 months ago

The questions that we must ask ourselves, and that our historians and our c

The questions that we must ask ourselves, and that our historians and our children will ask of us, are these: How will what we create compare with what we inherited? Will we add to our tradition or will we subtract from it? Will we enrich it or will we de
Posted 4 months ago

Fiction gives us empathy: it puts us inside the minds of other people, give

Fiction gives us empathy: it puts us inside the minds of other people, gives us the gifts of seeing the world through their eyes. Fiction is a lie that tells us true things, over and over.
Posted 4 months ago

Faith doesn’t run deep because one is stuffed with right answers. It is cul

Faith doesn’t run deep because one is stuffed with right answers. It is cultivated by asking the right questions.
Posted 4 months ago

...when I decided to be fully honest about whatever my heart undergoes, I f

...when I decided to be fully honest about whatever my heart undergoes, I found immense peace among the chaos of uncertainties. In my honesty and by acknowledging our big, big God, I found peace.
Posted 4 months ago

No, our science is no illusion. But an illusion it would be to suppose that

No, our science is no illusion. But an illusion it would be to suppose that what science cannot give us we can get elsewhere.
Posted 4 months ago

Literature is the effort of man to indemnify himself for the wrongs of his

Literature is the effort of man to indemnify himself for the wrongs of his condition.
Posted 4 months ago

That was how she felt. Like a petal clinging to its stem, hopeful of stayin

That was how she felt. Like a petal clinging to its stem, hopeful of staying, fearful of being cast away.
Posted 4 months ago