You Learn

You Learn by Jorge Luis Borges

After a while you learn the subtle difference
Between holding a hand and chaining a soul,

And you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning
And company doesn’t mean security.

And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts
And presents aren’t promises,

And you begin to accept your defeats
With your head up and your eyes open
With the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child,

And you learn to build all your roads on today
Because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans
And futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight.

After a while you learn…
That even sunshine burns if you get too much.

So you plant your garden and decorate your own soul,
Instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.

And you learn that you really can endure…

That you really are strong

And you really do have worth…

And you learn and learn…

With every good-bye you learn.


Just My Type

I love typography.  Don’t know much about the technical details behind the making of a good typeface, but I know what I like (and don’t like) when I see it.  The film Helvetica is a great introduction not only to the helvetica typeface and its prolific use, but to typography in general.  That reminds me, it’s time to buy the latest Stendig Calendar…ps. if you live in Toronto, you can find one at Studio Pazo.

via Flickr

Pistilli Roman via AisleOne

Words | Lisa Congdon

Well, I’m all moved into my new house.  Still loads of unpacking to do, but I’ve been taking the afternoon to relax and basically do nothing.  I had help from some amazing friends and family today, and I’m grateful to have them in my life.  Even with all this support (both near and far), I find there are moments where I need to look inside myself for strength.  One of the ways I do this is to focus on sources of wisdom and creative inspiration.  I’m inspired not only by the words themselves, but by the artists who convey the message in a beautiful way.  The talented Lisa Congdon creates lovely interpretations of words that resonate with me. Below are some of my favourites, but you can find more on her blog.