Monthly Archives: September 2017

Gratitude Friday (on a Saturday)

1. Fall is here. As the weather got cooler, we started getting a few berries again. Not many, but I am appreciating their big taste, especially knowing they are the last of the season. A bonus joy this year is the painted lady butterfly migration. For some reason, there are way more, and for a few days when you would go outside, it was like walking through a butterfly pavilion — they were everywhere!

2. For some, fall means pumpkin spice, but for me it’s salted caramel. This sauce would be good on ice cream too, but I mostly use it in coffee (decaf).

3. Farmer’s market flowers in the bathroom. These are the final weeks. I have loved them so much, the ritual of going to the market and picking out a bouquet, chatting with Joan. I am hoping she’s back next summer and I get up the guts to ask her for a tour of her garden.

4. Sleep. I don’t know if I mentioned it here, but we are redesigning our website at work. It has been a huge project, and I’m responsible for much of it, so I’ve been working myself ragged. In order to stay healthy and sane, I’ve been prioritizing sleep — going to bed early, taking whatever I need to help me sleep comfortably (my knee still gives me trouble at night), sleeping in, taking a nap whenever I can fit it in. It makes such a difference.

5. My tiny family. Eric took these great shots of the dogs up at Lory State Park last week, then filtered them with Prisma. It was too muddy from the rain for them to walk too far, but the pictures are worth it.

Bonus joy: a new fence almost finished, Wild Writing, a breakfast burrito from the farmer’s market, good neighbors, a cold glass of clean water, a warm shower, our new bed, cuddling with Sam, the way the top of Ringo’s head smells, pay day, a crispy Gala apple, ibuprofen, the swimming pool at the gym, good books, good TV, a washer and dryer in my house (it’s been years, but I still remember what a pain it was to drag all my laundry to a second location and the constant hoarding of quarters to run the machines — having my own in my own house is such a luxury), a good pen that writes fast but doesn’t smudge, an umbrella when I need one, texting, laughing with Eric, a hug when I really really need one.

Something Good

1. This picture of Prince by Herb Ritts is fall.

2. How Did You Do That? interview with Laurie Wagner. “HOW DID YOU DO THAT? is an interview series where we get to hear the REAL story behind someone’s success—not the polished, neat and tidy version.” Laurie truly is one of my favorite humans. I love her so much it makes me cry sometimes just to think about it.

3. Dharma Podcast with Natalie Goldberg, “Down to the Marrow.”

4. At home in Adelaide from SF Girl. This space is so peaceful.

5. Ibram Kendi, one of the nation’s leading scholars of racism, says education and love are not the answer.

6. The Real Story Behind Frida, The Rescue Dog in Mexico Gaining Viral Fame.

7. “I just choose to not listen”: why Trump supporters are tuning out the scandals. “Motivated ignorance, explained.” In my Buddhist practice tradition, we call it willful ignorance. Speaking of willful ignorance, A university president held a dinner for black students — and set the table with cotton stalks and collard greens.

8. Colin Kaepernick is Patriotic, American—and Right. In related news, Trump calls Colin Kaepernick a ‘son of a b*tch’ during Alabama stump speech. “Stump speech” is a nice way of saying “white supremacist rally.”

9. We Need To Talk About Donald Glover. (video) When I was still doing water aerobics at the Senior Center pool, one day we played a game where we asked questions like “what’s your favorite breakfast spot?” or “what would you bring to a bbq?” and when we were responding to “who’s your favorite leading man?” and I said “Donald Glover,” no one knew who the heck I was talking about, even after I named all the things he’d done.

10. ICE agents profiled, followed, and harassed this man. He’s been a U.S. citizen for 20 years. (video). You know, just because we have a collection of jerks and fools making up lots of rules about things doesn’t mean we the people, no matter what our profession, need to be jerks and fools too. We can choose to remain decent human beings. We do not have to comply.

11. Dear Stephen Colbert: Sean Spicer At The Emmys Is Why We Struggle To Trust White People. When I heard that Sean Spicer was at the Emmy’s, I assumed they meant Melissa McCarthy had showed up dressed as him and done a skit. The truth of the matter was a really, really bad decision.

12. Recipe I want to try: Apple Fritter Stuffed Pull-apart Bread.

13. Recipes I did try recently that all turned out yummy: Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce, and corn, cheddar and scallion strata, and Crispy Roasted Parmesan Potatoes.

14. Cat & Dog First Aid Online Training.

15. Introduction to Critical Race Theory.

16. National Museum Of African American History And Culture Celebrates 1 Year.