Susan, one of the most loving and generous women i know, has been writing about becoming an optimist. this morning, she wrote evocatively about the intersection of hope + optimism. do read her post and the comments left by thoughtful readers.
her writing put me in mind of Gerard Manley Hopkins. i just finished reading the novel Exiles by Ron Hansen which tells the story of the wreck of the transatlantic ship called the Deutschland, and the writing of the epic elegy by Hopkins. the novel is a worthwhile read, especially if you love Hopkins or are interested in poetry in general. here is the 15th stanza: