OUTSIDE MY WINDOW - It's the first week of April, and the tall Red Maple is in full bloom.
Listening - NPR! All the time & all day long. NPR is like lentil soup to me - it's warming and filling. It is an eternally nourishing servings of humor, insight and news.
I listened to the Bullseye for the first time last week. Before ending the episode Jesse Thorn played a marvelous tune by Jimmy Witherspoon, describing it as "the kind of thing you want to put on when its night time, and you are melancholy and you're thinking about things." He is right. "Ain't Nobody's Business" is both melancholy and thoughtful - a type of song that lingers in the air and stays with you for days.
The Watkins Family Hour is another band that I have been really enjoying lately. One of my favorites is their cover of a Fleetwood Mac song "Steal Your Heart Away."
Drinking - Homemade coffee. My favorite beans right now is the AntiThesis Blend from Ceremony. Here is how its maker's describe it - "Light smoke and roasted nut aromatics. Syrupy body with cocoa finish."
WANTS - Lien.Do by Seychelles Miramar Sandals
Last thing that made me cry - Radiolab show about companionship and healing between a parrot and a man suffering from PTSD. I have recently discovered how amazing parrots are and hope to know more.
MAKING - I have been making a lot of smoothies lately. My favorite involves kale, raspberry kefir, banana, frozen strawberries and orange juice.
Summer Wish - I am hoping to fly south in July to join my uncle in Florida Keys for the annual lobster festival. One of my best memories from living in Miami includes the weekends spend snorkeling with my uncle. We would snorkel at South Beach looking for deep wholes and then dive for lobsters. Days full of sea, salt and sweet lobster meat.
THOUGHTS & RUMINATIONS - I have been pondering a lot about hope lately or ever since reading Brainpickings piece on Rebecca Solnit's writings:
READING - Another blog that I have been lovingly lately is Brainpickings. Maria Popova writes about what matters in the world and why. She describes her blog as "an inquiry into how to live and what it means to lead a good life." Do read her posts, and get lost in them: They will amaze and move you.
One of my favorites pieces is about Susan Sontag and about what it means to be a moral human being:
FAVORITE SHORT FILM - Here is my latest vimeo discovery! The message is short and pure: "We are all made to grow!" I hope you enjoy it.
HOPES - To run, sweat, see, journal and listen. To work hard and take my dog to longer walks. To be more mindful with family and friends. To blog more often. To run a half marathon in the fall. To love and hope.