revisting the fringe benefits of failure

"Ultimately, we all have to decide for ourselves what constitutes failure, but the world is quite eager to give you a set of criteria if you let it. So I think it fair to say that by any conventional measure, a mere seven years after my graduation day, I had failed on an epic scale. An exceptionally short-lived marriage had imploded, and I was jobless, a lone parent, and as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless. The fears that my parents had had for me, and that I had had for myself, had both come to pass, and by every usual standard, I was the biggest failure I knew."

J.K. Rowling on The Fringe Benefits of Failure
This one's for you, Bricolage...


  1. oh dear GOD do I feel like that once in a while.

    Thanks for sharing.


  2. Some days the universe gives you just what you need. I needed this today. Thanks.

  3. Dearest Victoria,

    Thank you so much. More soon. Thanks for finding a less "institutional" photo than I could get on this rattletrap. I do hope people will read the part about Amnesty & the work she did there. You did a much better job of enticing folks to it. I'd blame it on the weather or something but...no excuses here. Ciao-meow, dahlink. xo svs/gg