Category Archives: quotidian

Before I Grow Up Illustration Art by Yumei

“We are crayons and lunchboxes and swinging so high our sneakers punch holes in the clouds.”

― Laurie Halse Anderson, Wintergirls


Imaginary Worlds: Archan Nair and The Phantom Tolbooth

Azalia fantastical art printvia

“If something is there, you can only see it with your eyes open, but if it isn’t there, you can see it just as well with your eyes closed. That’s why imaginary things are often easier to see than real ones.”

-Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

Quotidian: Cup of Tea C.S. Lewis

cup of tea or a book to suit c.s. lewis quote

Quotidian: Erin Morgenstern on Storytelling

World of Books Bookstore photo

Book Piles of Magic

rt Carried Away

“Someone needs to tell those tales. When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There’s magic in that. It’s in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict. From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift. Your sister may be able to see the future, but you yourself can shape it, boy. Do not forget that… there are many kinds of magic, after all.”

― Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

The Ride

Matt Taylor The Ride biker Illustration

The Ride,’ Matt Taylor

The peculiar brooding peace of the loner wrapped him in its warmth; he was the only living color in the whole world

Quotidian: C.S. Lewis

far better things C.S. Lewis quote
I always imagine that when Lewis’ friend Tolkein took the elves to a far green land across the sea, this is what he meant

Quotidian: Wonder

Wonder G.K. Chesterton quote

The Infinite Highway of the Air

collage flying illustration sarah breese

rt Sarah Breese

The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who, in their grueling travels across trackless lands in prehistoric times, looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space, at full speed, above all obstacles, on the infinite highway of the air.”

– Orville Wright (the Wright brothers)

Boats on the Shore

sarah breese boats on shore

rt Sarah Breese

It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live

-J.K. Rowling

Cooking with Love

soup cooking

rt fox and fern

“If you are careful,’ Garp wrote, ‘if you use good ingredients, and you don’t take any shortcuts, then you can usually cook something very good. Sometimes it is the only worthwhile product you can salvage from a day; what you make to eat. With writing, I find, you can have all the right ingredients, give plenty of time and care, and still get nothing. Also true of love. Cooking, therefore, can keep a person who tries hard sane.”
― John Irving, The World According to Garp

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