Feeling a little puny this morning so it’s nothing but sparkling water. Took a hot shower, wrapped up in my fluffiest robe, and enjoying the quiet in the neighborhood. The east side of my house is so bright and awake in the mornings. I love it.
Things I’m Enjoying:
I’m so late to the game with On Being(formerly Speaking of Faith), but I have to say something about it because it’s is one of the best things I’ve heard in a long time. So far I have listened to several episodes, seeking out the ones featuring interviews with people I respect and admire (Mary Oliver, Elizabeth Alexander, the Indigo Girls, Brené Brown) and listening to some featuring people I’ve never heard of, talking about things I don’t know anything about (dark matter). Every single episode has given me something to think about. And more often than not, several things. I love that Krista Tippett is originally from Oklahoma. I love that back in April, Jolene and I were wandering around the neighborhood in Minneapolis where Krista records this wonderful show and I had no idea. Just listen.
How Jane Vonnegut Made Kurt Vonnegut A Writer: Kurt and Jane were a nation of two. “The world is divided into two groups: us, and the other people,” he told her. “We’ll win against any combination of powers.” Once married, the pair began figuring out how to run that nation, which was to be, they decided, a nation of love, arts, common decency, and peace. Jane drafted a household constitution: “We cannot and will not live in and be hogtied by a society which not only has not faith in the things we have faith in, but which reviles and damns that faith with practically every breath it draws.”
Kurt was more pragmatic, casting about for career ideas—teaching, reporting, opening a library with a bar. Jane had just one idea, and she pressed it with patient determination. Kurt would be a writer—a great one.
It rained last night, there’s a nice mixture of sun and puffy clouds this morning, and we’re expecting more rain later. This is my favorite sort of day. Have I mentioned I’ve been drinking flavored coffee recently? Sometimes I get in a rut about my dark roasts and end up going back to the other end of the spectrum and by that I mean cheap, flavored, already ground when I buy it coffee. It’s how I act out. Right now I’m on “vanilla crème brûlée.” That flavor description is really debatable, but I’m going to finish the bag.
Little note before I start with the links. I finally finished signing up for Stitch Fix and my first fix should be here in about a week. I will probably try on the things that fit and post them here. I hope to find a few things to take with me on my trip. Crossing my fingers!
His Promise Would Not Be Denied–“During these messiest of moments, Tom and I might glance at each other with a weary look that means, ‘Do you love me?’ Neither of us ever has to answer. We have aged so much since those first whispered words of love that sometimes I forget any of it happened.”
One night, eight years ago, I heard Pat Conroy speak and it was one of the most beautiful evenings of my entire life. Then he hugged me and that was pretty sweet as well. This is what he thinks of George R. R. Martin’s epic series.