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Bloom:  “Do you feel cheated?”


Penelope:  “The trick to not feeling cheated is to learn how to cheat.

So – I decided this wasn’t a story about a miserable girl, trapped in a house that smelled like medical supplies, wasting her life on a dying person she sometimes hated – no.

This was a story about a girl who could find infinite beauty in anything, any little thing…and even love the person she was trapped with. And I told myself this story until it became true.

Now – did doing this help me escape a wasted life? Or – did it blind me so I wouldn’t want to escape it? I dunno.

But either way I was the one telling my own story so no – I don’t feel cheated at all…”

(from the card trick scene in the film “The Brothers Bloom”)



The September pact:

I will love you always, be in love with you always

You will keep my memories safe,

of happy times and brilliant youth

I will notice every detail

You will be magical for me



There is something about this time of year that makes me breath deep and my heart beat faster. I love it. I am absolutely in love with its unmistakable presence: the crisp quality of the light, the clearest skies, the bright outline of everything…the way you can see every leaf on the trees, the cool evenings and the warm days. There is a delicious sense of coziness, something warm and earthy that speaks of apple pies, butternut squash, warm cider and pumpkin ravioli. There is a sense of sharing between the summer and fall, mingling in the same month, playing with each other to give us this magnificent mix where we can still have beach barbeques and ice cream dessert and then enjoy an evening fire with roasted marshmallows.

It’s magical really.

As soon as I can feel it I am drawn outside, enchanted and under its spell. I find it difficult to come indoors, as if my soul is preparing to turn inward during the colder winter months. I want to absorb every moment of the perfect temperature, the clean air, the huge skies and the sounds that speak of September. When I think of this time, certain friends come to mind, with whom I spent the most amazing Septembers, staying outside until late each night, drinking and eating, talking and laughing, watching the wood burn in the fire and smelling the dark, lush green world that surrounded us. We were happy, we were safe, we were simple; we were together.

They sealed my September pact. I will love this time in a special way forever, no matter where I am. I will love it, always. Deeply. Endlessly.

I wish you all this September love.

Huge blue skies, high above the lush green

clear and luminous like no other

Clouds of the most brilliant, pure white

The smell of new books…

the feeling of their pages under your fingers

mixed with crisp, cool air and warm sunlight

Wood burning, orange flames dancing

Spiders smoked out of their hiding places

and running from a fiery death



familiar voices

my new family

Pumpkin carving, beer brewing,

apple sauce on the stove,

warm cider in our cups.

Beautiful long red hair,

loving her last batch of Black Eyed Susans –

his big, boisterous laugh.

The cats, the dogs, the deer,

the easiness of it all.

Big, smiling brown eyes, fishing rod and tackle box in hand.


Days spent outside until the last possible moment,

cool nights glowing with warmly lit windows –


The September pact:

I will love you always, be in love with you always.

You will keep my memories safe,

of happy times and brilliant youth.

I will notice every detail.

You will be magical for me.



Its all in the details…

Look closer, much closer….