18 4 / 2014

"Sophie, the girl, is given a spell and transformed into an old woman. It would be a lie to say that turning young again would mean living happily ever after. I didn’t want to say that. I didn’t want to make it seem like turning old was such a bad thing — the idea was that maybe she’ll have learned something by being old for a while, and, when she is actually old, make a better grandma. Anyway, as Sophie gets older, she gets more pep. And she says what’s on her mind. She is transformed from a shy, mousy little girl to a blunt, honest woman. It’s not a motif you see often, and, especially with an old woman taking up the whole screen, it’s a big theatrical risk. But it’s a delusion that being young means you’re happy."

Hayao Miyazaki, on what attracted him to Howl’s Moving Castle

The Auteur of Anime by Margaret Talbot: “The New Yorker” (January 17th, 2005) 

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18 4 / 2014

Day 42: the beach! It was the first time for our two border collies to visit the beach. They loved it!

18 4 / 2014


The death toll in the Sewol ferry disaster is creeping higher without any signs of additional survivors. As we learn more about the accident, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that human error is to blame for what is sure to be a devastating number of fatalities.

According to the JoongAng Ilbo, 20 of the 29 crew members, including Captain Lee Jun-seok, abandoned the Sewol without ever revising their earlier instructions to passengers to stay put. Lee was rescued barely 50 minutes after the ship issued its initial distress call  and a staggering hour and a half before the ship completely capsized.

James Shirley, an accident investigator in Newtown, Pa., tells the New York Times that the two and a half hours it took for the Sewol to sink provided the crew with enough time to get most of the passengers off the ship:

I don’t understand why the crew would be instructing passengers to stay inside the ship. I would think that if nothing else, they would be getting them outside with life jackets on so if it sank, they could at least get into the cold water with their jackets.

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17 4 / 2014

17 4 / 2014





Pray for South Korea

Almost crying.

So many tears. 

Very important.

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17 4 / 2014

Had to take a CPR class for my teaching credential, and I was surprised that while we were focusing on CPR and choking for infants that I kept imagining using these skills for my own baby in the next few years.

Having decided just a year ago that I do want kids, this was a big shift for me! Even the creepy baby mannequin was bringing out my motherly instincts and I started really wanting a baby.

Of course, I know that I am not really ready yet. I’d like to live with my husband for a bit first! 

17 4 / 2014


The more I read, the more my heart sinks.

Passengers were told to stay inside the ferry while crew in the boiler rooms were told to get out of the ship.

Survivors say there was enough time for more people to be rescued if they had not stayed inside.

Experts say when a boat is in distress,…

16 4 / 2014


I hope one day
somebody loves you
so much

that they see violets
in the bags under your eyes,
sunsets in the downward arch
of your lips,

that they recognize you
as something green,
something fresh and still growing,
even if sometimes
you are growing sideways,

that they do not waste their time
trying to fix you.

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15 4 / 2014

Day 40: fooooood. Made sweet potato fries, burgers with pepper jack cheese, and bibingka for dessert! Wanted to make a dessert that my sister can eat because she if going gluten free for health reasons. Of course, she started throwing up this evening…

15 4 / 2014