"On that road which I came to know so well, I spent some of the sweetest moments of my life. On a long stretch of it in the late afternoon I could see the reflection of the sun’s light on the surface of the seawater, and it always had the quality of an expectation just about to be fulfilled, as if at any moment a small city made out of that special light of the sun on the water would arise, and from it might flow a joy I had not yet imagined. And I knew a place just off the side of this road where the sweetest cashews grew; the juice from their fruit would cause blisters to form on my lips and make my tongue feel as if it were caught in a bundle of twine, temporarily making speech difficult, and I found this, the difficulty of speaking, the possibility that it might be a struggle for me ever to speak again, delicious."
— from Jamaica Kincaid’s The Autobiography of My Mother
"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."
aries : poppy, thistle, fern
taurus : daisy, dandelion, lily
gemini : tansy, yarrow, privet
cancer : water lilies, rushes
leo : sunflowers, chamomile, lavender
virgo : wintergreen, sage, privet
libra : pansy, primrose, violet, strawberry
scorpio : root vegetables, black poppy, hemlock
sagittarius : asparagus, chestnuts, soybeans
capricorn : hemlock, black poppy, burdock root
aquarius : dandelions, resins of frankincense and myrrh
pisces : mosses, ferns, seaweed