Today is the annivesary of 9/11, and I’m just not quite feeling it for a perfume post, plus I’m packing and trying to get work stuff tidied up before I’m away, so let’s find some ways to waste time with a few of my favorite newfound links. I promise to be back next week with reviews on the new Guerlains and hopefully the new Serge, just waiting for them to show up!
In what will definitely be our only nod to politics in this election year, Amazon has an interesting feature that shows what people in each state are reading in political books from the red and blue books. Does it tell you how clueless I am on reading about any of these books that I haven’t heard of 3/4 of them?
This link is a lot more fun, but a little more brutal. It juxtaposes death in the insect world with some really great quotes on life and death. Make sure to click on Page 2. A couple of my favorite quotes: “While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.” – Leonardo da Vinci AND “You only live twice. Once when you are born and once when you look death in the face.” – Ian Fleming (You Only Live Twice).
I really think the blog poster should make a book out of this and expand it to the entire animal world. I’ve always thought that our society’s insulation from death numbs us to life’s fragility and the very natural and always eventual end in very detrimental ways. Growing up where I did, death came daily to something on the farm, and you didn’t become hardened to death, but accepted that it comes for us all and it was an intrinsic part of living. I can’t really say why the insect death pictures touched me, but they did because they are beautiful and fierce and real.
Yesterday was my first horseback riding lesson, after having not rode in a few decades. It was more fun and harder than I thought it would be. We’re just working on the balancing while riding bareback with no reins part, which is harder than you can imagine, but a great way to get a feel for the gait and pacing of the horse. Any riders out there with tips for any way to practice for when I can’t get to the stables?