And yes, it seems sometimes these days that it is a fight for the modern woman to be soft, gentle, deep, weedy, quiet, shy, dreamy, tangled, if that's what she chooses to be. Our culture does not really support it - not in daily rooms, not on the screen, and certainly not in books. Perhaps such a personality does not suit the workplace, which is the new heart of the world.
I'm sure many men must understand this struggle. I would hate to see women shackled to strength in the same way men have been over the centuries.
Because this is Friday, I'm pleased to share with you some of the good things I've found online this week ... gentle things, or poetic or soulful things ...
Wood Wren Tales : gentle childhood art.
Lesley Austin : perhaps the loveliest blog maintenance page I've seen.
Rebecca Clark : the art of nature.
Tread Gently on the Earth.
Travelling altars : I myself would best rather lay my hands on a tree, or a breath of wind, or the earth herself, but for those who do keep an altar, these are a wonderful idea.
A is for Anthony : this Shakespeare poem is magnificent.
Rescued dogs : heart-warming.
Beyond the Fields We Know.
Stay With Me : by Sarah Jaffe
(sharing with Kim Klassen's Friday Finds)