by Stephanie Alfaia

A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed.

I’m an avid dreamer and occasional optimist who wanders the globe in search of lessons, connections and stories to tell. My writing is inspired by moments, seconds that can be euphoric, dark, passionate, melancholic… well, you get the idea. I wouldn’t classify any one piece as fiction or non-fiction because reality tends to blur with our deepest desires and imagination. You’ll find themes that are pulled from Greek mythology (my favorite!) and Irish struggle and Shakespearean heartbreak. I am very much in love with my literary heroes and tend to relive them through people I experience every day.

Dear reader, my goal is to take you on a mercurial journey and challenge you to feel every emotion the universe created! I live intensely, love unconditionally, and think metaphorically. I hope you enjoy the few fragmented thoughts that I magnify into full reflections!

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. 

Lao Tzu