Tag Archive: Slice of Solace


Spring cleaning? Here’s where to donate books


Hey there Chicagoland book lovers. Is it time to make more room on your shelves? Consider donating your old books to Open Books. They have collection centers in various locations and will also come to collect your books, if you make arrangements. Open Books has two used book stores, one is in the West Loop …

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The solace of circumstance

Apples to apples © Ellen Wade Beals, 2016

Hey, hey, hey. Last night I went to the Raven Theatre to see The Assembled Parties, a play written by Richard Greenberg (directed by Cody Estle). It’s about relationships over time. In Notes from the Dramaturg, I found a paragraph that had to do with solace, which I will share with you. Here’s what Stephen …

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Václav Havel, from Disturbing the Peace

Over and over © Ellen Wade Beals, 2012

Way back in November, my friend Beth shared this quote with me. I finally remembered to look it up and share it with you. Between 1985 and 1986 Václav Havel did a number of interviews with the Czech journalist Karel Hvížd’ala. The resulting book was called Long-Distance Interrogation; when it was published in English in …

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Slice of Solace: Edward Hirsch

“Implicit in poetry is the notion that we are deepened by heartbreaks, that we are not so much diminished as enlarged by grief, by our refusal to vanish—to let others vanish—without leaving a verbal record.” Edward Hirsch     I came across this quote yesterday when a FB friend posted it. I think it comes …

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