curiously shaped

"your soul has a curious is a hollow made to fit a particular swelling in the infinite contours of divine substance." -C. S. Lewis

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Nick Brandt 

Selections from the series Across the Ravaged Land (published 2013)


Photographs 4-6 are of animals calcified by Tanzania’s Lake Natron (named after the chemical compound natron):

"The water has an extremely high soda and salt content, so high that it would strip the ink off my Kodak film boxes within a few seconds. The [alkali] causes the creatures to calcify, perfectly preserved, as they dry."

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Every day I put love on the line. There is nothing I am less good at than love. I am far better in competition than in love. I am far better at responding to my instincts and ambitions to get ahead and make my mark than I am at figuring out how to love another. I am schooled and trained in acquisitive skills, in getting my own way. And yet I decide, every day, to set aside what I can do best and attempt what I do very clumsily— open myself to the frustrations and failures of loving, daring to believe that failing in love is better than succeeding in pride.
Eugene Peterson (via wild-heart-child-heart)

(Source: nagging, via wild-heart-child-heart)

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Thus they went on living in a reality that was slipping away, momentarily captured by words, but which would escape irremediably when they forgot they values of the written letters… In all the houses keys to memorizing objects and feelings had been written. But the system demanded so much vigilance that many succumbed to the spell of an imaginary reality, one invented by themselves, which was less practical for them but more comforting.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

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