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Hi, I'm Casee Marie, keeper of many journals. I write on a melting pot of subjects, from poetry and literature to living with severe anxiety. Here I document my journey to finding solace in the storminess of life and self, whether through creation or observation. Make yourself a cup of your preferred hot beverage and join me.
Compassion is born from within, and the journey to cultivate self-compassion is one steeped in personal challenges, one in which we must allow our vulnerabilities to become fully visible in order to uncover our own greatest strength. This is the most courageous of practices, and it is often taken up by the tenderest of hearts. We learn to stand on steadier feet as we begin to accept ourselves; hope and harbor is a journal of solace and inspiration for those adventurers of the soul whose mission it is to live intentionally, compassionately, and authentically.
To be courageous is not necessarily to go anywhere or do anything except to make conscious those things we already feel deeply and then to live through the unending vulnerabilities of those consequences.
- David Whyte
To scratch the surface of literature is to uncover the path toward our own vulnerability; to read is to embark down the road less traveled. With instruction and guidance from the great writers of past and present, Literary Inklings is a journey through the wisdom of books with the purpose of becoming more: more empathetic, more expressive, more empowered. It is one seeker's exploration of a personal library numbering in the thousands, endeavoring to find peace and insight for the way we live now.
When writer Belinda Pollard acquired her spunky Australian Terrier in May of 1998, she had no idea in what ways the furry little hurricane would change her life - and herself. In Dogged Optimism: Lessons in Joy from a Disaster Prone Dog, Pollard compiles the story of her adventure with bright-eyed, ever-inquisitive Killarney, and in her quietly humorous, heartfelt way she fills the pages of the memoir with the meaningful essence of dog ownership. Through sixteen "lessons" Killarney teaches Belinda how to live fiercely and freely, while she, a natural-born worrier, warily follows Killarney's lead into the sometimes frightening joys of life. The result is a heartwarming tribute to woman's best friend and an engaging examination of how growth can find its way to us in the most unexpected ways.
The Restaurant Critic’s Wife is the second novel by author Elizabeth Laban, real-life wife to Philadelphian restaurant critic Craig Laban. In her debut, the 2012 young adult drama The Tragedy Paper, Laban proved a talent for thoughtful, eloquent writing and an ability to conjure unique characters the likes of which readers will not have met before. The same praise can be given for her newest novel, which shines with Laban’s unique sensibility and skill.
With her newest novel, author Elizabeth Liebert carries on the tradition of warm, lovable female characters finding strength amid life-changing circumstances. It's a journey she has observed with an empathetic gaze in her past novels, including last year’s poignant and engaging Those Secrets We Keep. In her latest offering she weaves the story of how three vastly different women can be brought together by the very things that seem to be pulling their lives apart. Thoughtful, charming, and sparkling with soul, Some Women uncovers the mysteries of friendship and pays loving tribute to the inexplicable ties that bind us.
With its final episode of the season, Outlander gives us perhaps its most astonishing adventure yet. Named for the book upon which the second season has been based, Dragonfly in Amber managed to somehow set the bar even higher for one of the best dramas on television and one of the most thoughtfully crafted adaptations to ever come along.
With the tragic battle of Culloden looming as an ever-closer certainty, Jamie and Claire do everything in their power to frustrate history’s plans in the penultimate episode of Outlander’s second season. As the Jacobite force weakens both in body and in spirit, Jamie is desperate to save the men from certain death at Culloden Moor while Claire meanwhile becomes embroiled in the enfolding of a different breed of tragedy, one that finds her on a similar side with the man she most abhors. Amid the many somber twists of the season’s twelfth episode, lives are lost, choices are made, and countless fragile fates hand in the balance.