“Queen Amidala’s handmaidens are trained to protect her if she is in danger. But Queen Amidala wants to learn to defend herself. She joins the training disguised as Padmé so her handmaidens won’t worry. Can she handle the training? Read this colorful fully-illustrated beginner reader and find out!”♛
We fall in love twice: first with the shining ideal we build in our mind, then with a real person who—we hope—matches it. Some never go beyond the first stage. Others do—only to discover the gaping hole between their ideal and the person who they thought could live up to it. And then there are those who meet a living breathing version of their dream—and discard their ideal without giving it a moment’s thought. They know they only needed it as a lighthouse that would lead them to someone real.
No wonder I’m a perfectionist - always hoping that if I do things well enough I’ll finally feel loved and accepted. So much of my activity is driven by pain: if I can just do it right, I won’t hurt anymore. The trap is that it works - temporarily. For a short time I do feel better, but then self-criticism sets in again and I need to accomplish something else - perfectly.
Happy birthday Robert E Howard, who was born on January 22, 1906 in Peaster, Texas and is famous for his sword and sorcery stories.
His most famous creations are Conan The Barbarian (1932) (Art by Frnak Frazetta), Solomon Kane (1928) (Art by Greg Staples), Kull The Conqueror (1929) (Art by Ken Kelly), Bran Mak Morn (1930) (Art by Frank Frazetta) and Red Sonya of Rogatino (1934) (Art by Jim Silke).