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Happy Birthday, Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens Poster, Evan Robertson Obvious State This is a favorite Dickens quote, and one that's especially fitting for me today since I just returned from Paris - a place I visit, leave and revisit often. The design is based on a cobblestone street in Paris that has always fascinated me. Unlike other cobblestone streets, wihch typically follow a grid pattern or progressive arcs, this one appears to have been made by first laying out wandering paths that seem to stray every which way, then laying the rest of the stones to conform to the remaining space. The main paths generally head down the street, but hit a few dead ends along the way. I don't think the builders intended anything metaphorical (I kind of imagine them drunk to be honest), but there it is. You wander to and from places, grope your way forward, and the rest of the details fit themselves to the random events that shape you. And then in hindsight, the toughest places and experiences become the most valuable.


Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by Nichole

Hi Maureen,

So sorry to hear you were impacted by Sandy. We know a lot of people impacted, and I can’t imagine what it’s taken to recover.

I wish you the best of luck, and hopefully something good is up ahead.

Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by maureen

I visit your blog for a bit of pretty each day. This quote hit a chord with me as we are struggling to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy. I will try to remember your insight that, “the toughest places and experiences become the most valuable.” It will take me some time to determine if that’s true of this situation. For now, we take one day at a time and hope that we will look back and marvel at our strength and resilience.

Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by Erin

I think this quote is very fitting for my husband and I, as we are approaching our seventh month living in Japan. We’re feeling the growing pains of living abroad and although the day to day can be tough we both know we’ll look back fondly (but hopefully remember the very real struggles as well).

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