Monday, February 27, 2017

February 19

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“Joy doesn’t betray but sustains activism. And when you face a politics that aspires to make you fearful, alienated, and isolated, joy is a fine initial act of insurrection.” -- Rebecca Solnit



I'm not good at joy.  I am working on managing to achieve contentment more often.



Sunset in Tree Town.


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Sunday, February 26, 2017

February 16

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There are, I suppose, any number of these sorts of things online.  Various statements flash by, and if you do a screen capture, the flashing stops and you are left with something that you might think of as the kind of thing you get inside a fortune cookie.  I tried one of these "fortune tellers" on another site, and got "eat more French fries."  Um.  No.

This one, however......................  Yes.  Not always, and not with everything (no one could!) but more.  Much more than in the past....................

I'm coming to understand that my not wanting to do something is ... irrelevant.  If it needs to be done, why shouldn't *I* do it?



Fewer clouds in the sky means more excellent skies to enjoy...............


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design contest for little free libraries

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Little free libraries are popping up all over our town.

Love the entrants to the design competition shown in this article.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

February 15

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"One of the secrets to a happy life is continuous small treats." -- Iris Murdoch



I am pretty sure they didn't have these at the grocery when I was a kid.



I bet they didn't even have these.  We got some of these.  Peppers in wintertime -- that's a treat to be savored.


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Thursday, February 23, 2017

February 14

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"People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude." -- @sirenofsucculents on Instagram



I saw this twig on the sidewalk on the 13th, and brought it home.



Looking east through West Park on a beautiful blue-sky day.


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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

February 13

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"The way we make change is just as important as the change we make." -- Valarie Kaur



Sesame semolina bread from Zingerman's Bakehouse.  This makes truly excellent toast.



In my experience, cameras do not do a good job of capturing sparkle.  I think the contrast in the extremely light areas is just too much, and cameras ignore it.  Or try to tame it down.

I looked into the bottom of a glass jar which had held crystalized maple syrup, and the crystals sparkled in the sunshine.....



Later, walking.  Bunny, with snowdrop, in a shrub.  The shadow of the twig crosses her ears, but you can see their ends, just under the twig.  This is small.  A few inches.



Hey, look!  Yellow growing in the landscape!




The upper right corner of the above, with the saturation boosted.  I like all the leaves crossing every which way.



This rock is seriously sparkly, in the right light.  All of those palest places are silver, reflecting the sun mightily.


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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

making a difference

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One of the things I think about is -- we never know what will make a difference.  Which molecule of broccoli is it, that wards off cancer?  Which donation might mean that poachers were stopped and an elephant lives, or that a tree is planted which will enable a lemur (or an orangutan) to survive?  Which piece of plastic, sent to a landfill rather than allowed to reach the ocean, may enable a sea turtle to live?

Which thank-you note helps a hard-working congressperson to keep on keeping on?


Look what I got in the mail, the day after I mailed those valentines!  That dark spot in the upper left corner is the back of an embossed Seal of the United States of America, on official correspondence from my congressperson!!!




I have sent a lot of letters to a lot of politicians over the years.  This response to a thank-you note I sent last month is the first and only hand-written response I've ever gotten.

She said I made her week.  At a "challenging time."

Woohoo!!!!!!  Yay.

This will keep me going for a long while.



We can't know which of the little things we do may make a noticeable difference.

But we better stand up and do them, because -- what if they would have made a difference, but we failed to do them?


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Monday, February 20, 2017

February 12

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One of my intentions is to say "Thank you!", early and often, with enthusiasm, and eye contact (when possible) and a genuine smile.

My senators and representative are all good people, working hard to do their best for us. I want them to know their good work is appreciated.  I plan to write to them, on paper, at least once a month, to thank them for the difficult things they are doing for all of us, every day.





Write to them, and mail with Wonder Woman stamps!!!



And while I'm at it, branch out a little.  I'm pretty sure no one ever gets tired of hearing "Thank you for all the hard work you are doing."

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

February 11

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"Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value." -- Albert Einstein




Eat local.  Support your neighbors, and avoid all of the pollution, etc., caused by shipping food in from somewhere else.

Ann Arbor farmers' market, open on Saturdays all year 'round.  Meat, eggs, cheese, root vegetables, cabbages.  Jam.  Candles.  Paintings. 

Plenty of apples.



Last year we enjoyed Braeburn apples from Kapnicks until May.  Hoping these tasty apples last as long this year.



Lots of squashes of various kinds.



Bagel from Zingerman's Bakehouse.  Mmmmmmmm.


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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Lost in Light -- the Milky Way

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The Milky Way, with and without light pollution.



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February 10

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"Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote." -- George Jean Nathan



February 10 was a bright blue day with amazing skies.




I can't really see it above, but my eye was following a plane and its jet trail.  Here's a closer crop.....





Wow, eh?  I kept stopping, as I walked, taking it all in..........


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Friday, February 17, 2017

February 9

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"Hofstadter's Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law." -- Douglas Hofstadter, professor of cognitive science. 

@kehdeebee on Instagram is posting a series of very interesting articles about strong and significant people.

I am being schooled on the concepts of persistence and resistance.  So many of those who came before us spent years, decades, generations fighting for basic human rights.  Often at the risk of their lives.

I am working toward displaying more of the determination and fortitude I am learning about.

There are so many things I *do not want to do* that need to be done.  Sigh.



For a brief while on February 9 it snowed really hard.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

February 7

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"Life is short. Art is long."– Maira Kalman



Looking east through West Park.  I decided to walk on this untended path, despite the slush, because the fog looked so cool.  I had never seen the park like this before the 7th.



The fog covered the lowest part of the park -- hardly a surprise.  The pond is in the low area, but isn't the entire low area.


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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

February 6

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"Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness." -- Martin Luther King.



Sunrise, and sunset, in Tree Town on February 6.  Hooray for sunshine in the dead of winter.



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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

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"Every morning we are born again.  What we do today is what matters most."  -- Buddha



Heart of lights, in a neighbor's front window.


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Monday, February 13, 2017

February 5

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"I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.



Isn't this a great idea? The Ann Arbor District Library does this for Valentine's Day.  Librarians wrap books (and videos) in brown paper, and write clues on the outside, and you check 'em out without knowing what it is inside.  



I always look forward to this, and check out at least one item.

The first week the brown packages were available, they seemed to be all for kids.  "Your favorite princesses!"  Um.  No, thanks......

I was pleased to find this one on the 5th.  This is me all, over.  Yes, please, beach combing, and other treasure-finding......

 I'm prolonging the suspense.  I haven't opened it yet.  I'll let you know, after I open it.


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