Tag Archives: Romance

The Eternal Feminine

  The Eternal Feminine Many years ago – it was our last evening in Paris – the first boy I loved told me that I had become, for him, “the eternal feminine.”  Later I learned that his reference to Goethe’s … Continue reading

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“Unhappiness”

“Unhappiness” Now there’s a rich topic! It seems easier to do (achieve) than happiness, or at least easier to write about. The New York Times Book Review — where you have a weekly roundup of what the people who read, … Continue reading

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“Brokenness”

“Brokenness” By “brokenness” I mean what occurs in our psyches, not what happens when a vase shatters on a tile floor. But what is this psychic brokenness? It seems to occur in our conviction that something – whatever it is … Continue reading

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“Learning to Ride”

“Learning to Ride” Fran, my therapeutic riding teacher, told me today that – – slow and steady – – I am putting together the different pieces of a rider’s ride. By degrees, I am getting “stabilized” in holding the position … Continue reading

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“Keeping Promises”

“Keeping Promises” As a little girl, one of my vivid memories of being caught in the wrong belongs to the gift a camp counselor once gave me. This gift-giving happened the last day of the season of the Day Camp … Continue reading

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“All About Love”

“All About Love” On a wintry Parisian evening, I was sitting with my Czech friend Anna in Chez Maurice, one of the seedier cafes on the rue de Tournon.  A group of young Russians were within earshot, one holding forth … Continue reading

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“Success”

“Success”  When I was about twenty-five, I said to a friend, “I thought, when I’d be twenty- five, I’d be at least wonderful.  But I’m not.” What did I mean by “at least wonderful”?  I think it meant, at home … Continue reading

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