WE ALL NEED SOMEBODY TO LEAN ON

♥  RIP, Bill Withers  ♥

VENTILATION

This is the most important article I have read since COVID became part of our collective psyche.

ARTICULATED

Tara Brach | Sheltering in Love

All That is Lost, And All that is Remembered

Some People . . . .

Karen Armstrong | The Lost Art of Scriptures

photograph | Cristina Carol

 

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FENCES

She asked me why the same actors keep appearing in these movies!

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THE BUTLER

Methinks she is getting a little more used to the scenes of injustice, abuse, and violence against African Americans, but it doesn’t mean she isn’t still closing her eyes and covering her ears. The Butler, like all the other films, is ultimately a story of triumph, but our hearts ache afterwards.

UNORTHODOX

Last night, we tossed this miniseries into the mix. It’s great watching her reactions to all these bewildering stories. A lifetime of Disney princess movies will shelter your brain and heart from some serious truths.

THE PANDEMIC PRESCRIPTION

Since many of you are asking, I thought it would be easier to put it all in one spot.

These are . . .

     The books I’m reading ::

            Disappearing Earth | Julia Phillips

            Small Fry  | Lisa Brennan-Jobs

            Lives Other Than My Own | Emmanuel Carrere

     The courses I’m taking ::

The Science of Well-Being | Yale via Coursera

U.S. Presidential History + Leadership | Doris Kearns Goodwin via Masterclass

Photography | Annie Liebovitz via Masterclass

     The podcasts I am listening to ::

            Between the Cover

            The New Yorker Radio Hour

            On Being

     The shows I am watching ::

            The Adulterer | Amazon

            Babylon Berlin | Netflix

            My Brilliant Friend, Season 2 | HBO

 

      The films + documentaries  Junior + I are watching as part of her homeschooling curricula on the black experience in America ::

The Help

Harriet

Hidden Figures

The Butler

Fences

Daughters of the Dust

The Great Debaters

The Long Walk Home

When They See Us

Loving

The Secret Life of Bees

4 Little Girls

Remember the Titans

Selma

The Hate U Give  (which she is also reading + loving!)

The recipes I’m making ::

            Bon Appétit’s Banana Bread

            Pamela Saltzman’s Black Bean + Beet Veggie Burgers

            Alsion Roman’s Vinegar Chicken (a family favourite)

I don’t listen to the news. I don’t watch the news. I don’t read the news. Because I live with someone who does all three, and who is on strict orders to only let me know when something significant happens or changes, I get to prioritize my mental well being.

Aside from the film series (and the homeschooling) everything I am doing throughout my day is the same as it was before lockdown. The future doesn’t exist, heightening the presence. I am committed to focusing on gratitude and taking this one day at a time.

Photograph | Austin, Texas | March 30, 2020 – The peacocks that roam my neighbourhood are as vocal as ever. This is one that likes to hang out in our front tree and screech at us when we emerge from the house with the dog.

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PSA | MASKS MASKS MASKS