Author: thewallflowermaiden

Fear Can Make a Companion of Us All

Fear. What an itty-bitty word oft tacked on as a descriptor for the rapid pulsation of the heartbeats, sweating palms, hair-raising chills, and tight-clipped breaths. Inhale, exhale. Fear is an emotional and physical response from a perceived threat, danger, or dread of something anticipated or experienced. It is felt. I might add that fear, the emotion, can at times override even the most logical and intelligent parts of ourselves…

Five Feet Apart: A Film Illuminating Cystic Fibrosis & How Fate Blossomed an Atypical Romance

Stella Grant: “This whole time, I’ve been living for my treatments, instead of doing my treatments so that I can live. I want to live. It’s just life, Will. It’ll be over before we know it.” In the 2019 film, Five Feet Apart the bubbly, optimistic Stella Grant unwittingly learns a great deal about life and love within the duration of yet another of her hospital stays due to her Cystic Fibrosis. The incredibly charming, cynical Will Newman also has the same disease as Stella, though he’s contracted a dangerous bacterium known as B. Cepacia (Burkholderia cepacia complex)…

The Buried Giant(s) Lurking Beyond the Mist

I simply must admit it: when I first read through all 317 pages of The Buried Giant (2015) by the Nobel prize-winning author, I became engulfed by it. I carried that novel with me wherever I went and spent many nights mulling it over in my mind as I read those deliciously creamy pages. Yes, the medieval setting in mythologized post-Arthurian Britain (presumably around the sixth-century or so) wrapped me in a blanket of giddy contentment. The novel follows an endearing elderly couple who set out to visit the son they hardly remember due to an amnesiac mist surrounding the land of Britain filled with ogres, terrorizing pixies (remember the Greek’s Sirens?), and mysterious Monks- of course, it was a book I satisfyingly devoured…