I discovered Amy recently in her New York Times essay “You May Want to Marry My Husband.” This moved me to tears and had me laughing out loud. She is the sort of writer you want to be friends with immediately.
“When I am feeling dreary, annoyed, and generally unimpressed by life, I imagine what it would be like to come back to this world for just a day after having been dead. I imagine how sentimental I would feel about the very things I once found stupid, hateful, or mundane. Oh, there’s a light switch! I haven’t seen a light switch in so long! I didn’t realize how much I missed light switches! Oh! Oh! And look — the stairs up to our front porch are still completely cracked! Hello cracks! Let me get a good look at you. And there’s my neighbor, standing there, fantastically alive, just the same, still punctuating her sentences with you know what I’m saying? Why did that bother me? It’s so… endearing.”
~ Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Encyclopedia of Ordinary Life (Broadway Books, December 2005)
I’m turning left. Look, everyone, my blinker is on, and I’m turning left. I am so happy to be alive, driving along, making a left turn. I’m serious. I am doing exactly what I want to be doing at this moment: existing on a Tuesday, going about my business, on my way somewhere, turning left.
Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life
In which John talks about his big break way back in 2002, writing, reading, the extraordinary work of Amy Krouse Rosenthal, and her new project. Amy will be at the Bean on 8/9/16 from 8:09 AM to 8:09 PM; you’ll know it’s her because of the yellow umbrella. More info at the video invitation.
I like how he’s forgiving when I shut down and retreat inward. I like how he doesn’t give me a hard time about my heap of clothes in the closet, though we both know I have less tolerance for his harmless, scattered piles. I like how he doesn’t make me feel bad about my lack of enthusiasm for important adult things like politics and Quicken. I like that I don’t mind how he smells when he sweats. I like that when we fight, he tends to have a point, and he makes it skillfully and convincingly. I like how he holds a skillet. I like his hands, they fit good with mine.
Amy Krouse Rosenthal “Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life”
Josh came home today. I was so happy I cried like a baby for a good 15 minutes, while he rubbed my back.
This is one of my favorite things in the Universe, and though I forget it from time to time, I always come back to this video. It is thoroughly inspiring and thought-provoking, and it is because of people like Amy that I want to be a better person.
When I am feeling dreary, annoyed, and generally unimpressed by life, I imagine what it would be like to come back to this world for just a day after having been dead. I imagine how sentimental I would feel about the very things I once found stupid, hateful, or mundane. Oh, there’s a light switch! I haven’t seen a light switch in how long! I didn’t realize how much I missed light switches! Oh! Oh! And look– the stairs up to our front porch are still completely cracked! Hello cracks! Let me get a good look at you. And there’s my neighbor, standing there, fantastically alive, just the same, still punctuating her sentences with you know what I’m saying? Why did that bother me? It’s so…endearing.
RETURNING TO LIFE AFTER BEING DEAD Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, Amy Krouse Rosenthal
1. my erin condren planner (holy.grail.of.planners.) 2. my wallet 3. aquaphor 4. phone charger 5. hair ties
5 things you’ll find in my bedroom: 1. running shoes 2. candles 3. stacks on stacks of books 4. notebooks 5. empty coffee cups
5 things I want to do in my life 1. move away from PA 2. run the boston marathon 3. write a book 4. see the northern lights 5. marry my best friend (SORRY that’s so lame but i love him)
5 things I’m into right now: 1. great british bake off 2. amy krouse rosenthal’s memoir HOLY FUCK what an amazing read 3. hamilton/lin manuel 4. whole 30? i think i’m doing my first one next week 5. authenticity…trying to be my best most real most truthful and vulnerable self
5 things you might not know about me: 1. my dad used to call me “froggy” when i was little because i was so energetic so i collect frog items 2. i listen to every kind of music from classical to broadway to pop to r&b to rap even some country i love everything 3. i ran every single distance in my 4 year college running career from the 400m up. literally: 400, 600, 800, 1000, 1200, 1500, mile, 3k, steeple, 5k, 10k, and cross. 4. when i was little i used to sleep with my toy trucks instead of dolls or stuffed animals (also if you asked me if i was a boy or girl i would just say “i’m a frog”) 5. i am….SO type a. so virgo. so hermione granger.
Just received advance copies of my newest picture book! “That’s Me Loving You”, written by the incomparable Amy Krouse Rosenthal, is a book to comfort you and your loved ones at the times when you have to be apart. Big thanks to Random House Kids for helping me bring these illustrations to life! The book will be available from booksellers everywhere at the end of December.
Fallece la escritora que había publicado una carta buscando pareja para su marido
Amy Krouse Rosenthal padecía cáncer de ovarios desde 2015 y ha fallecido este lunes en Chicago. Sólo unos días antes de su muerte, la escritora había publicado en el New York Times una carta buscando pareja a su marido para cuando ella faltase. Una muestra de amor infinito que ha conmovido a miles de personas.