Oh, thank god. I struggled through the poetry section of my creative writing classes, seemingly the only person who wasn't moved by every poem in our syllabus. I've found poems nice or sometimes funny (mainly a Pam Ayres poem about a kid who doesn't want to go to school) but I never really *got* poetry. So nice to see that I'm not alone!
Also - 'He asked what I wanted to do with myself after college. I said I wanted to be a writer. He said, “Well, you don’t seem to possess any talent.”' BEEN HERE. One professor, at the end of our degree, sat with each student individually to talk about their career prospects, giving them advice and contacts and being generally helpful. When he got to me, he sighed, and then said "Well, you can probably just keep teaching dancing, right?". Umm, no, I did not plan on carrying on with my underpaying cash-in-hand dance teacher job after spending 3 years studying my arse off. Funny thing is, I'm still in the industry I studied for, unlike 99% of my fellow students. I wonder what goes through these teachers heads...
Oh, the hair! THE HAIR!
Joan Cusack has a whole skyscraper of hair that I keep rewinding to gaze at. How did she get it to stay there? HOW?
@MissT123 I snort-laughed quite loudly at work reading that sentence because I have been in that situation SO MANY TIMES.
My sex therapist (yep, I have one of those...thanks vaginismus) says that I don't have a great relationship with my lady parts. I blame it on situations like this...
THAT LAST PHOTO.
'Adventures in Depression' and 'Depression Part Two' changed my life. I'd never seen any perfect description of what I had been going through until then. Allie rocks, and I cannot wait to get my hands on her book!
Thank you for this! When I watched the clip yesterday it made me uncomfortable, and I had a discussion with my fiancé last night about it and couldn't quite articulate why it unsettled me. He, for the record, was on Lily's side, and while I understand what she was trying to do, I think the execution was off.
I miss 90s music vids where it was just about dancing and not about "sexy" dancing. Give me the Spice Girls' 'Stop' video any day...
@LunaLunaLunaMoth I totally agree. I loved that she drew parallels between the way she is treated in her profession and the way he may have been treated as a gay man. I came away from this piece feeling quite positive, but after reading some of these comments got confused (was I reading the same piece?). I'm glad I'm not the only one who enjoyed it!
Swap the grandmother for grandfather and this was me four years ago this week. I was the last person to see Grandad at the nursing home before he died.
Beautifully written, Maddie. Much love and Internet hugs.
...I kinda had negative "Eww, gross!" thoughts about Miley's tongue. *hands head sheepishly*
That being said though, I'm actively trying to work on being a positive person myself lately, especially on the Internet. It's way to easy to get dragged into that pit of criticism and contempt of others. So I'm not allowing myself to read certain blogs that make me cranky (or ones that make me feel bad about myself cos their lives seem perfect...different negative feelings, but negative feelings nonetheless) .
So this piece was awesome for reinforcing all of that hard, hard work it takes to be positive and uncritical. I totally agree that the "be positive" ethos is just...I'm gonna say maniacal, cos life is about good and bad and sometimes it's good to be negative and sometimes it's good o be positive and why can't we just have a bit of both? But it's nice to be nice, and it's nice when someone's nice to you (a co-worker sincerely and sweetly thanked me at work today for doing a task that was incredibly tiny and silly, and goddamn it was NICE!).
I'm getting all rambly now ("rambly" is totally a word, Autocorrect), but in a nutshell, great piece, Sarah!
@nothingcutesy Ohmigod, ohmigod, I found the one I remember from my childhood: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PViyMxx33Gw
AUSTRALIA, WHAT THE HELL WERE YOU THINKING???