Although founder and gatherer Cynthia Lee is taking a bit of a break from the Scattered Life Collective, I find that I not only enjoy doing a weekly peek-into-my-universe post, but also that it helps me kind of wrap up my week with an overarching sense of gratitude. So yay for that!
out the window: Today is our annual block party. We do a communal lunch and dinner and the rest of the time everyone hangs out. I need to take lots of breaks from the intensity of so much sustained togetherness; I’m a big believer in taking care of yourself and I know my limitations. There’s a bouncy house for the kids at one end of the block, several kiddy pools set out, an expected visit from the fire department truck and crew, the much-anticipated piñata breaking, and later this evening they’ll be a DJ spinning some tunes. We have a Hawaiian theme going this year so there are plenty of leis and someone is teaching the kids a few hula moves.
on the menu: My contribution to the lunch was a rice dish with pineapple, green onions, toasted coconut and macadamia nuts. What really made it good was cooking the rice in a mix of pineapple and orange juice and coconut milk.
- Perseids meteor showers. While we have way too much ambient light here in the heart of a huge metropolitan area for good viewing, I do occasionally catch sight of a shooting star or two. And I tell you I think they’re all the more spectacular because they’re so rare.
- The other day Pete and I were discussing idioms and the expression “until the cows come home” came up. The very next day I stumbled upon a wonderful card from Pamela Zagarenski of Sacred Bee. And then today this video made its way into my awareness. I love the synchronicity of it all, and I certainly intend to celebrate later with a black cow. Which in Hawaiian would be ‘ele’ele pipi wahine. I think. But I say yum in any language.
- Having the kind of friends who send me energetic doses of love and support when I navigate challenging situations. I am so blessed!
- Working on a project that requires folding multiple “star” origami journals. I like being the creator of a universe.
reading: It’s been kind of bothering me that the 9-planet solar system I grew up with isn’t the current paradigm. Not that I’m particularly happy about the demotion of Pluto planetary status; but I don’t like that my brain has been stuck holding an old framework. So this week I’ve been pouring over Solar System: A Visual Exploration of Planets, Moons, and Other Heavenly Bodies that Orbit Our Sun by Marcus Chown. It’s filled with wonderful photographs and I’m quite enjoying this exploration.
watching: Someone mentioned to me this week that there’s a kids book introducing the late jazz man and eccentric Sun Ra. While looking for it, I came across this video – Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise. Feels like exactly the right thing in this week of cosmic discovery.
listening: Zoe Keating’s Escape Artist
favorite word of the week: Eucatastrophe. It’s a J.R.R. Tolkien creation meaning “that moment when all seems imperiled and doomed and then, at the last possible moment, redemption, salvation, and joy step forward and resolve the drama.”
out and about:
- April Elliott Kent’s article about our tribes.
- Ship of Theseus kite.
- I want to live a life so someone can write an eulogy with love like this.
- Write a letter to your future self.
- I like Erin Faith Allen’s work. There is truth here.
And there you have it – some of the shining stars populating my personal sky. I’d love to hear what’s up for you this week.