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Tea for two

Two Teacups and Saucers

For quite some time I have been relatively silent here. I could say much has changed, but you would not know it necessarily: As always, I seek solitude wherever I can; typically wear loose, dark clothing, with black as a preference; and remain folded in melancholy, though generally I can keep a sense of irony about things.

I also remain steadfast in the love and devotion I feel for my daughter, and I still believe I am called to serve the fragile. If years back you had asked me how I felt about my father, my mother, and my brother, I would have said that I loved them but that I might have died from their dark betrayals. I would say the same today but would add that I am myself besmudged.

Still I have more and more come to accept my nature and my past: I have made so many grave mistakes, particularly in relationships. Yet, I do not think I could have done otherwise, and perhaps I should not have done otherwise. More and more, too, I am roiled by rage as I watch men (and, sadly, women) who do not seem to possess even a trace of self-knowledge hurtle us toward the end of days. But I am less and less afraid of my anger. In fact, I can welcome him in now and can delight in pouring us a cup of tea. We have much to discuss, he and I.

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Changes Afoot

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Some of you might have noticed that Ruminationville has a new look. And, so it does. Three years ago I chose a WordPress theme (template) that struck my fancy, but I knew next to nothing about WordPress or about website design. Though I feel great affection for the design I chose, I recently found myself wanting something a little more expansive, unbounded—and au courant, as we French like to say.

I was able to transfer all of the content from my previous site—even the many photos and videos I have posted. A big hurrah for that. You might notice, though, that some of the images—particularly with older posts—seem too small or otherwise wonky for this new design; the same goes for alignment of certain poems with the visuals and the titles. In the coming days I will be addressing these minor snags as best I can.

I’m also hard at work on another website, a writing & an esl tutoring business developed with “the very busy” in mind. Among other writing services, I will be offering “creative consultations” for those who would like to discuss their works of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry as well “academic consultations” for those who are writing masters’ theses and doctoral dissertations. And, some clients might be interested in the blog posts, articles, LinkedIn profiles, website content, newsletters, press releases, resumes (and more!) that I can write for them.

I am also very excited about expanding my existing tutoring services for adult, non-native English speakers. In-person English language sessions will continue to be available for those living in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area, but I will soon be able to offer Skype sessions to those living around the globe. My focus will continue to be on helping English language learners develop or improve their speaking, listening, reading, and writing/grammar skills in ways that will be relevant to their own lives and experiences.

I will be launching the site soon and will let you know when you can mosey on over and have a peek.

UPDATE: I have launched leslielass.com. Go and have a look!

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