simon and rebecca

The mystic Simone Weil wrote to a friend on another continent, ‘Let us love this distance, which is thoroughly woven with friendship, since those who do not love each other are not separated.’ For Weil, love is the atmosphere that fills and colors the distance between herself and her friend. Even when that friend arrives on the doorstep, something remains impossibly remote: when you step forward to embrace them your arms are wrapped around mystery, around the unknowable, around that which cannot be possessed.
—  Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost
We Are Not Hysterical – Strand Book Store – Medium
Strong female voices you need to listen to
By Strand Book Store

On the heels of yet another female U.S. Senator being told to more or less “calm down” while passionately doing the job she was elected to do, we are again wondering this: why are outspoken women so quickly accused of being hysterical? Being unapologetically loud and standing firm on your values are viewed very differently among genders, and when this perceived “hysteria” halts progress, we have a problem. Though this is not the first time this has happened, and unfortunately probably not the last, we know a little opposition can’t keep ’em down! We’ve gathered up some inspiring reads that demonstrate the power and success of strong female voices.

Saphael Headcanons

So I can’t stop thinking of Raphael meeting the Lewis Family! 

Like bubbie Helen asking “So I’m guessing you’re not Jewish” and Raphael answering “I’m Catholic Ma’am” and she stares at him but then they start to have a friendly conversation, Raphael talks about his family and at the end of the dinner Raphael promise bubbie Helen to take her to bingo night.

Elaine Lewis is delighted, she really likes Raphael, she thinks it’s a good influence on Simon.

Raphael is lowkey trying to impress everyone, so he starts talking about his job, apart from being Simon’s “Manager.”

Simon was really nervous, but at the end, he thinks his family likes more Raphael than him

after the dinner, Rebecca hugs Simon and whisper in his ear “well at least one of us found a cute young man to bring home.”

Elaine makes Simon and Raphael promise to come back more often, at this point Simon thinks that his mom wants to adopt Raphael


The sheer talent of Benedict Cumberbatch is not only recognized by his many fans that consist of everyday folks, but extend to his very own peers, who share the same admiration ;)