Purple Passages with a Pig – October 2013 edition


Most plain girls are virtuous because of the scarcity of opportunity to be otherwise.      Maya Angelou


“Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.”   Mason Cooley, aphorist (1927- __ )

“Reading is equivalent to thinking with someone else’s head.”  Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

8.28.97  Cats look down on you, dogs look up at you, but PIGS look you straight in the eye!

Peter Mayle, Chasing Cezanne



“A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us.”  Franz Kafka

“Book love . . . . It will make your hours pleasant to you as long as you live.”  Anthony Trollope

“A house without books is like a room without window.”  Heinrich Mann, novelist  (1871-1950)

“It lights the candle in the hurricane lamp of self; that’s why it survives.” Anna Quindlen. “Turning the Page.” Newsweek: April 5, 2010, (53).

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8.28.97 Sometimes life is a bowl of harries!   “plain and fancy girl”


10.16.98 When you love someone you do not love them all the time, in exactly the same way, from moment to moment. It is an impossibility. It is even a lie to pretend to. And yet this is exactly what most of us demand.”  Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea

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Your comments welcome. I will always respond!


11 thoughts on “Purple Passages with a Pig – October 2013 edition

  1. I’m enjoying the way you play with scarcity (in the life of the plain girl) followed by porcine-inspired abundance. One way I interpret the scarcity of my plain girlhood is that it was the result of patriarchy.


    1. Dolores, “scarcity . . . the result of patriarchy” — I never thought of it in those terms before, but it does make sense in retrospect. Your comment makes me want to know more about your girlhood. Thanks for the insight and for your dropping by today.


    1. Another similar quote from him I like: “Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.” I’ve always thought of Kafka as symbolic, spare, and even a little spooky sometimes. Example of spooky: “I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us.” You probably read The Trial, The Castle, and/or The Metamorphosis in college. He’s still on my book-shelf.


  2. “A house without books is like a room without window.” Heinrich Mann, novelist (1871-1950)~ Lived that quote, and so true to me. I feel boxed in if I am not reading or writing. I love the pic also, you the “virtuous” young ladies.Reminds me that there really was a time when I was innocent…a very long time ago…lol…but there was.


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