Period of Darkness

A period of darkness is essential in order to expand personal awareness. Experiencing sadness and loss makes a person appreciative of life, more tenderhearted, and open to living life as an ecstatic journey of discovery.

~ Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

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Joy and Regret

When I was your age, a writing teacher told me that everything funny is a little sad, and everything sad is a little bit funny. For some reason this keeps coming back to me as I think about your graduation. Maybe every joy carries a bit of regret.

~ Kristin van Ogtrop, “A Letter of Apology to a Son Graduating from College”, Time (April 24, 2017)