One Art

By Elizabeth Bishop

The art of losing isn’t hard to master;
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster.

Lose something every day. Accept the fluster
of lost door keys, the hour badly spent.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

Then practice losing farther, losing faster:
places, and names, and where it was you meant
to travel. None of these will bring disaster.

I lost my mother’s watch. And look! my last, or
next-to-last, of three loved houses went.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

I lost two cities, lovely ones. And, vaster,
some realms I owned, two rivers, a continent.
I miss them, but it wasn’t a disaster.

—Even losing you (the joking voice, a gesture
I love) I shan’t have lied. It’s evident
the art of losing’s not too hard to master
though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster.

A LOVE STORY

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My friend, “Expert”, told me a story.

When she was wandering in a small farmers’ market that day, she saw a vendor’s sign saying, “Today is my wife’s birthday. Everything  50% off.”

(Photo by Elena Hruleva.)

LAUNDROMAT

Laundry mat

No kidding. I like laundromats! I really do, even if some of friends, like Nina, don’t. I wish that you could see her face when she is talking about laundromats; it’s not very pretty.

Don’t you feel that it’s a miracle, or truly wonderful, that  you can get your clothes clean in around two hours? I am from a country with no laundromats. It often takes us one week  to get our clothes washed in the winter! Sometimes, if the weather turned humid, the clothes would have an unpleasant smell. Then we would have to wash them again.  I assure you that’s not pleasant at all.

We have several sets of bed sheets and covers in our home. On one hand, it’s really nice that your bed could have different styles each week, but  on the other hand, they take a lot of space if you have a little apartment or if you are living with a roommate.

Please don’t laugh if I say that going to a laundromat gives me a romantic feeling. Do you remember there was a scene  in “Friends” where Ross and Rachel went to laundromat to do laundry together? Yes. That’s why!  That  scene always brings out feelings of romance in me.

A trip to laundromat to wash clothes also has turned a good way for me to get my creative blood flowing after sitting in front of a computer for too long. I bet you all know the feeling of sitting.

That’s why I like laundromats. Sometimes, I wonder how many stories have happened in such places?

(Photo by Jay Mantri.)

 

READINGS OF THE WEEK

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Most of your Facebook friends couldn’t care less about you

http://www.engadget.com/2016/01/25/facebook-friends-dunbar-study/?utm_source=pocket&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pockethits

Undercover Influence: How to Succeed When You Don’t Like the Limelight

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rye-taylor/undercover-influence-how-_b_9090538.html?utm_hp_ref=social-media

The Biggest Wastes of Time We Regret When We Get Older

http://lifehacker.com/the-biggest-wastes-of-time-we-regret-when-we-get-older-1755526646?utm_source=pocket&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pockethits

The Best Teacher I Never Had

https://www.gatesnotes.com/Education/The-Best-Teacher-I-Never-Had?utm_source=pocket&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pockethits

Why We Write About Ourselves: Some of Today’s Most Celebrated Writers on the Art of Telling Personal Stories That Unravel Universal Truth

https://www.brainpickings.org/2016/01/27/why-we-write-about-ourselves/

(Photo by Jay Mantri)

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