Tonight, for the first time in I don’t know how long, I’m going to a friend’s house for a potluck dinner and meeting with people outside my own household, and…I’m SO EXCITED! The people coming are all 2 weeks+ past our full vaccinations, so we have the CDC’s blessing. Of course, we’ll still be cautious … More What Song(s) Do You Associate With Our Year in Lockdown?
These are the remains of the scones that got devoured warm out of the oven before I took a picture of them. But they were a circle of eight pieces originally. This is the third of my recent posts about looking back over the past year. That is because last year on March 14, 2020, … More Happy Pi Day
It’s been a year since the pandemic REALLY hit most of us. It was this week last year that the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 as a pandemic. But is that what made it real for you? I was inspired for this post by an opinion piece by John Paul Brammer in the Washington Post … More When Did You Know?
The morning of the first Friday in March, I went to see a podiatrist. My foot had been hurting, and the next morning my son was returning from college for Spring Break, bringing with him a Japanese exchange student who was graduating and wanted to investigate possible graduate schools in my hometown of Washington DC. … More It’s like déjà vu all over again..except hopefully not
I know when I went for my morning walk yesterday, March 1, that maybe things didn’t look a whole lot like spring. It was warm–in the mid-40s at 7:00–but trees were bare and more rain storms were coming. Still, I knew it was spring. The birds told me. While astrological spring officially starts on March … More Welcome Spring
Last night was the Lunar New Year, and so here we are in the Year of the Ox! My son had quite an evening of it all. It turned out that his college had a two-and-a-half hour Zoom Lunar New Year festival right before his radio show, which featured two hours of pan-Asian music. Because … More Welcome to the Year of the Ox
At 5:30 PM this evening (Tuesday, January 19), the National League of Cities is organizing a national recognition for the victims of COVID-19. Cities across the country, including our local city of Raleigh, will be lighting building in the color of amber in memory of the nearly 400,000 lives lost during the pandemic. Places of … More Amber Hour This Evening to Honor COVID Victims
This morning the official Inaugural Planning Committee released its lineup for the Joe Biden/Kamala Harris inauguration ceremony next Wednesday. While most Americans are probably most excited to hear that Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez are performing, I was DELIGHTED to see a poet’s name on the list. And what a poet! Joe Biden has chosen … More YAY! Looks Like We’ll Get a Biden Inaugural Poem!
So this is the post I planned to post today… If my faith community has supported my spiritual/emotional health, my local farmers market has helped me maintain my physical health. I am so grateful to the farmers and vendors and organizers of our market, the Cary Downtown Farmers Market. I took this picture this morning … More The 12-ish Gifts of 2020: Farmers Markets
One of the things I’ve repeatedly told my son, and my students, and people attending my meditations, and have probably said before in this blog, that when thinking about 2020, instead of focusing on what we can’t do, we should focus on what we can do. For me, one of the upsides of staying home … More The 12-ish Gifts of 2020: Books!