Oh taste how sweet and tart


Bad things are going to happen…
No matter how many vitamins you take,
how much Pilates, you’ll lose your keys,
your hair and your memory…
Your wallet will be stolen, you’ll get fat,
slip on the bathroom tiles of a foreign hotel
and crack your hip. You’ll be lonely.
Oh taste how sweet and tart
the red juice is, how the tiny seeds
crunch between your teeth.

~ Ellen Bass, excerpt from Relax



  1. A little Dorothy Parker mixed with Mary Oliver 😉

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  2. Oooh yeah…

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  3. Surrendering to the flow. :0)

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  4. Absolutely right:)

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  5. An interesting description of the human condition.

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  6. Do you ever go through a time when it just feels like something bad is about to happen? I haven’t been able to sleep lately because I’ve had that feeling for some reason. My mom is 84, my youngest son is suffering from health issues, Bella is suffering from health issues, my own life is so hectic that I wonder how long I’ll be able to keep up this pace. So yes, through it all I need to remember to taste the sweetness. Life is a roller coaster, tart and sweet.

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  7. Love it David. Someone once told me when I was stressing about whether I was being a good parent or not, making the right the decisions or not, that no matter what I did, my kid would need therapy one day. 🙂 That really helped because then I just checked my motive, was I doing something because I was motivated by love… ❤
    Diana xo

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  8. Reblogged this on Bridgit's Fire.

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  9. taste the sweet and acknowledge, then spit out the seeds

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  10. I’m a bit more optimistic. I’ll take the sweet.

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  11. It starts earlier than you think!

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  12. Acknowledge the seeds and strain them out… Unless we need a little roughage of course!

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  13. got to go with the flow

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  14. I suppose how the seeds crunches between your teeth is what gives your life texture – without which there is no contrast to the sweetness or the tartness of the juice. But first – berries 🙂

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