“Being tender and open is beautiful . . .” Words of wisdom and images I love


When I was a kid, I had a reputation for being “tender-hearted” and “sensitive.” I just knew I felt things deeply, things both happy and sad. When something moved me, tears would often come to my eyes.

I got teased about that. Nobody wants to be called a “crybaby”.  So I tried to internalize a lot of my emotions, not always very successfully.

Well, I am a great deal older, with a bit more callous on my skin. But I still find myself moved by certain songs, certain images, certain words. When I saw Paris for the first time, I found tears filling my eyes. And I certainly wasn’t sad.

Mr. Armitage with his amazing talent has the ability to do just that–to make me feel deeply, to stir emotions and move me to tears. And I don’t think that is a bad thing at all.

I ran across this quote by actress/musician Zooey Deschanel and just had to share it with you, along with some photos of other things that I allow myself to truly be affected by.

Ste. Chapelle in Paris. A perfect jewelbox.

A person, place or moment of beauty is a joy forever . . .

About fedoralady

I'm an LA native--Lower Alabama, that is. My husband of more than 30 years and I live here on a portion of my family's former farm with two gorgeous calicos and a handsome GSD mix. My background is art education, and over the years I've been a teacher, department store photographer, sales associate and a journalist. My husband, his business partner and I have Pecan Ridge Productions, a video production company, for which I shoot & edit video and stills and manage marketing. I also still write part-time for the local paper. I love movies, music, art, photography and books, and my tastes in all of them are eclectic.

12 responses »

  1. That baby blue jumper has a v neck and exposes so much of his lovely fair skin – I think I’ve died and gone to heaven!

    All the photos are just beautiful. Thank you, Angie.

    • Yes, that blue v-neck is a great choice. He’s a little too lean in those pictures due to weight loss for Spooks 7, but otherwise they are absolutely scrumptious. My blue heaven . . .

  2. Beautiful quotes. I am so happy that you are tenderhearted. I have always seen it as strength. I love people who feel and make me feel and Zooey Deschanel is right. I suspect RA may be that way too. Let’s hear it for the tenderhearted!!!

    • I always felt that it was an advantage as a writer because I could better empathize with others. And when you have to interview people and sometimes delve into sensitive issues, if they feel you are understanding and someone they can trust, it makes the process much easier. I think Zooey is adorable (I loved her in 500 Days of Summer) and thought there was much insight and wisdom in what she had to say.

  3. I cry over just about everything! Richard has made me cry over and over. He definately empathizes with others. It part of what makes him sooooo attractive.

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