“There were phrases of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony that still made Coe cry. He always thought it had to do with the circumstances of the composition itself. He imagined Beethoven, deaf and soul-sick, his heart broken, scribbling furiously while Death stood in the doorway, clipping his nails. Still, Coe thought, it might have been living in the country that was making him cry. It was killing him with its silence and loneliness, making everything ordinary too beautiful to bear…”—Ken Cosgrove (via onlyvince)
In the ’90s, a gynecologist named Gao Yaojie exposed the horrifying cause of an AIDS epidemic in rural China — and the ensuing cover-up — and became an enemy of the state. Now 85, she lives in New York without her family, without her friends, and without regrets.
Fulfilled my lifelong goal of seeing the Thanksgiving Day Parade live in person (including PIKACHU!! my favorite Thanksgiving Day parade balloon since childhood) despite almost freezing my fingers and toes off, and spent a lovely day in NYC taking in gorgeous east coast fall sights, eating to my heart’s content and catching up with lovely college friends.
So thankful for everything! Obviously for the good, but honestly also for the bad…it teaches me lessons I didn’t think I needed to know, and I’m happy to say I become better for it, and learn to appreciate simple joys that much more. I hope everyone is happy, healthy, and gets lots of what they love: people, food, whatever you want to do in life, etc. I am blessed. May you be as well.