"Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood." --Marie Curie
“The glory of the garden lies in more than meets the eye.” ― Rudyard Kipling
Photo: The botanical garden of the Taurida National Vernadsky University in Vorontsovsky park in Simferopol, the capital city of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Ukraine. Photographed by Eugene Badusev. May 2009.
In his novel, The Testament of Mary, Irish writer Colm Toíbín imagines Mary’s life 20 years after the crucifixion. She is struggling to understand why some people believe Jesus is the son of God, and weighed down by the guilt she feels wondering what she might have done differently to alter — or ease — her son’s fate.
Imagining such violent events as the crucifixion, he says, “is really, really serious work. In other words, you have to go in and pretend … it’s happening now and go into absolute detail, so you’re almost working in the same way maybe a painter is working … [except] that it’s occurring word by word, sentence by sentence.”