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2021 Reading Challenge – Week 10

Goodbye, Week 10! We’re 10/52 through the year. That’s 5/26 simplified! I’ve made a point of reading more this week than last week, if only for the sake of having something to write about. And gee, am I glad that I did! I finished 2 books, started another, and will hopefully be finishing one today as well. We’ll see how it goes! 😉

Feeling Sunshine🌞

Imagine you’re underwater, under a sheet of ice and snow, in total darkness. It’s so cold that you’ve gone numb long ago. Don’t worry about breathing. Which way is up? Where is down, forward, backwards, sideways? How can you tell?

many ways

Я люблю ты
Jeg elsker deg
Би чамд хайртай
איך האב דיר ליב
Ek het jou lief
e ti amo
Ina son ku
aš tave myliu
Je t’aime beaucoup
Means I love you!

Wǒ ài nǐ (Mandrin)
Ya lyublyu ti (Russian)
Read the rest at ❤️

Le Mort Joyeaux (the Happy Death) – Charles Baudelaire

Lately, I’ve been trying to memorize this poem by Charles Baudelaire. It seems like a good way to improve my French, and I just really like Baudelaire’s poems! The English translation is posted below, as well as a great rendition of the original French by Georges Chelon via song. I hope you like it as much as I do!

A Quote by Victor Hugo

“A destiny is written day by day. So is this the life of a man? Yes, and the life of other men, also. None of us has the honor of having a life of our own. My life is yours, your life is mine, you live what I live; destiny is one.”

Destiny is written day by day, and it’s up to us to choose what story gets written. We just have to remember that we aren’t really the ones doing the writing (so choose carefully)!

Letter to My Past Self

Have you ever written a letter to your past self? I haven’t! But, it turns out I’ve actually got some good things to say to that angry, confused kid way back then. Not that she would ever listen or anything!

Thank you So Much For 300 Follows!

Wow, Freshly Stale has reached 300 followers! That’s awesome, and you’re awesome! It couldn’t have happened without your support, and I’m so thankful for each and every one of you!

2021 Reading Challenge – Week 7

Ta is a humorous, sexed up book from the mid 1970’s. Some of the most powerful, most dangerous characters in the book are women. This book was weird, cheesy, violent, and all-around fun to read!

Man Ray, Gift, c. 1958 (replica of 1921 original), painted flatiron and tacks, 15.3 x 9 x 11.4 cm (The Museum of Modern Art, New York)

Oppenheim’s Object and Man Ray’s Gift in Present Times

Useless art pieces that make us feel uncomfortable are highly valued, yet living humans are left to die in the streets and in their homes because we feel uncomfortable with homelessness and with poverty. Power is being diverted from economically depressed areas in order to provide power to wealthier areas.

I don’t have a solution. I don’t have a call to action. All I have are questions.

Solaris by Stanisław Lem- A Book Review

A philosophical sci-fi, this novel has something for everyone; aliens, romance, a slow burning psychological dread, and existential drama.

At it’s core, Solaris is a parable about the futility of trying to communicate with something that we can never truly understand, and leads to the reader questioning their ability to understand other people, and even leaves one questioning our ability to understand ourselves as well. Just because we think we understand another person, doesn’t mean that we actually understand them.


Feeling negative emotions is a part of life. Cliche, I know. Some good advice I recently got was that the only way out of it is to get through it!

Thank the Bugs and Trees

Do you feel grateful because you appreciate the things in your life? Or do you feel grateful because you want to make someone else feel good? Gratitude is a personal emotion that stems from outside sources!