the ugly earring

ug‧ly [uhg-lee] offensive to the sense of beauty; displeasing in appearance

plants

how to grow an avocado tree:

  • After using an avocado, save the pit for a future plant.
  • Using 3 – 4 toothpicks, stick them in the avocado pit.
  • Place in a jar or glass of water, so only the bottom of the point is in the water.
  • It may take a while for the foots to appear.
  • Once there are a fair amount of roots, plant in a pot and place in good bright light.
(photo of lee krasner via reference library)
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the wound, the heart

We stood, separated by space, certainly, in identical conditions of pleasant uncertainty and anticipation, and we both held our hearts in our hands, all pink and palpitating and ready for pleasure and pain, and we were about to throw these hearts in each other’s face like snowballs, or cricket balls (How’s that?) or, more accurately, like great bleeding wounds:  ‘Take my wound.”
~ Doris Lessing

on their wedding day my parents released two eels into the river.
the eel, a symbol, their love circle.

(photo: La Pointe courte, Agnès Varda, 1955.)

we really are

“Bad luck for both of us, we are both boulder-pushers.”

~Doris Lessing

(photo: here)