A side altar at the Convento do Espirito Santo, Vila da Feira, Portugal; photo by Robert Chester Smith.
Over on Twitter, @theteasemaid, aka Carla Valentine asked if she could feature me on her blog. Of course I said yes, I’m a huge fan of her work.
You see, Carla is not only a curator at Bart’s Pathology Museum. She also has a little side project called Sacred Tarts, a pop-up shop featuring incredible Catholic-themed desserts. And the only thing I love more than saints is sweets.
So I took the opportunity make my own amateur sacred tart. It’s a rose-flavored St. Rose of Lima cake. You might remember St. Rose from part two of the mortification series. As a young girl she was so ashamed of her vanity she nailed a crown of roses to her head. My nails are painted marzipan. After this I might need a good long fast.
"We are all of us rag dolls. But we are God’s rag dolls."-John Ortberg, Love Beyond Reason (via osvnews)
"Obsess over the dead. Not living writers. Read everything you can. Let it all seep in. Pay attention to the language around you. Don’t discard the lowbrow. Don’t venerate the highbrow. Find a different path. Translate foreign poems into English. Remember: an interesting life isn’t enough. Don’t worship your teachers. Your peers aren’t your competition. Your competition is silence, the Void. Writing is hard work. Don’t forget that."-Eduardo Corral’s advice to aspiring poets, as told to Michael Laurenty for Barn Owl Review (via nps2013)
"People that like to read are always a little fucked up."-Pat Conroy, The Prince of Tides (via fakeville)