Some great things stumbled upon (click on the links to access) - an essay: In All Things, Absent by Ru Freeman found in the r.kv.r.y. lit journal - I especially liked what Jamaica Kinkaid said to her towards the end of the essay about mothers.
Like mysteries as much as I do? Here's a blog you might find interesting called Mystery Lovers' Kitchen (one wonders - dead bodies in the pantry or just cooking up some clues?).
One of my favorite lines of all time - God is alive and magic is afoot - is by the great Leonard Cohen. Scroll down a bit on this site to read the entire poem.
Another fine essay, this one by Shann Ray in the story prize's blog called The Story is the Antidote to Despair, contains a story I had not heard about Viktor Frankl whose work and philosophy I deeply admire. His book, Man's Search for Meaning, is a must read for everyone on the planet.
Good writing advice from the gifted and prolific Jane Yolen - those seeking publication should have seven things out at all times. I am clearly not up to par here only having two items out.
One more share - an interview with the writer, Andrea Barrett, in the Paris Review. I loved these words: "I’ve never known a writer who didn’t feel ill at ease in the world. Have you? We all feel unhoused in some sense. That’s part of why we write. We feel we don’t fit in, that this world is not our world, that though we may move in it, we’re not of it. Different experiences in our lives may enforce or ameliorate that, but I think if they ameliorate it totally, we stop writing. You don’t need to write a novel if you feel at home in the world. We write about the world because it doesn’t make sense to us. Through writing, maybe we can penetrate it, elucidate it, somehow make it comprehensible."