Cheryl Strayed on Love & Forgiveness


#342/365 Paintings

Cheryl Strayed. Dear Sugar

I’m reading “tiny beautiful things” and I can’t put it down. Here’s my favorite first page quote on forgiveness + favorite sentence in the first ‘dear sugar’ letter.


“Forgiveness doesn’t just sit there like a pretty boy in a bar.”


I dunno. When I see a pretty boy in a bar I start forgiving him straight away. Especially if he’s Jeff Bridges.



Love can be romantic, platonic, familial, fleeting, everlasting, conditional, unconditional, imbued with sorrow, stoked by sex, sullied by abuse, amplified by kindness, twisted by betrayal, deepened by time, darkened by difficulty, leavened by generosity, nourished by humor, and “loaded with promises and commitments” that we may or may not want or keep.

~ Sugar to Johnny, tiny beautiful things. Cheryl Strayed.




See you on Monday with the launch of a new series of solicited prose from writers I love and admire. I already wish I had 3 months for this theme. ; ) 

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  • Joanie December 6, 2013   Reply →

    Your collage series are oh so clever, fun, inspiring! Brava!

    • niya christine December 6, 2013   Reply →

      Joannie, I am in the middle of your interview questions right now. And thinking about you and how good they are. And then I get your first comment here. THANK YOU.

  • WM Rine December 9, 2013   Reply →

    Niya, I’ve been wanting to come back and comment on this all weekend. I really love the excerpts you chose and the way you wove them into this piece. I love how the words seem to create the foundation, the earth in this picture, and put people into it, while your colors create the sky, the air, the light.

    This has a lovely earthy quality, like Cheryl Strayed’s prose.

    • niya christine December 10, 2013   Reply →

      Nicely put and observed WM. Cheryl Strayed’s words often plop me on the ground and found new thoughts and feelings. Thank you for your interpretation of what I searched to create here. It’s very accurate.

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