Holding on to what is thrilling to us can be stifling and prevent us from paving the way for new experiences.
Alain de Botton on Why We Marry the Wrong People
Alain de Botton takes a sledgehammer to the notions of romanticism that spawn unrealistic expectations in relationships which eventually lead to disillusionment and painful parting.
Erika Michael – Entanglement
Relationships that defy boundaries: Erika Michael's 'Entanglement' is an ode to her late husband and a poem about love after death.
Lori Rottenberg – Heresy
Lori Rottenberg wrote her poem, Heresy, when her children were young and she was a stay-at-home mom.
All Real Living
BY JOHN JACOBSON A husband and wife live together with a rare neurological disease. The illness profoundly changed their love and brought about a search for meaning.
Words of Advice from Ruth Bader Ginsburg
In tribute, and with gratitude to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, here is a selection of some of her finest pieces of wisdom.
David Rosenheim – Pineapple Sage
Pineapple Sage was written in David Rosenheim's 'postage-stamp-sized back garden, which he says, 'continues to unfold as a canvas for close inspection.'
Margaret Atwood – Habitation
Using the stark language of cold glaciers and barren deserts, Margaret Atwood paints a picture of marriage as something that survives on the very peripheries of primitive forces and natural epics. Not a house or even a tent, it's a place where we are 'learning to make fire', as though we are still in the very first and most primal stages of the endeavor.
Ada Limón – Wife
Ada Limón's poem, Wife, examines the secret pitfalls of marriage from a woman's perspective; poignantly, from the point of view of a newlywed, of someone entering unchartered territory that has been laid out and defined for her by the generations that preceded her.
Beck – Everlasting Nothing
Everlasting Nothing is the final track on singer/songwriter Beck's album Hyperspace. It describes a series of experiences with an unreal bent in which there is a continuous push to 'get back home'.