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First Monday of Summer

Happy Summer!

I hope you all enjoyed a lovely solstice evening. It felt pretty weird for Tom and I not to be hosting our annual solstice party. That said, it was kind of nice to enjoy a low-key summer evening with just the two of us. 

And now it's the first Monday of summer. Time to . . .


As usual, on Mondays I share a bit of this and a little of that and things I discovered over the weekend.

(And I always start things off with my quote-for-the-week.)


"Hello, sun in my face. Hello you who made the morning and spread it over the fields…Watch, now, how I start the day in happiness, in kindness."    --- Mary Oliver




Like many of you, I am working especially hard these days to learn all I can about race in America. It's hard work - but I'm determined to listen and learn, apply those learnings in my day-to-day life, and - bottom line - be a better person and do what I can to bring about change.

Here's an article from the Columbia Journalism Review that explains why it is appropriate to capitalize 'Black' -- and not 'white' when referring to racial groups. It's worth the read! (And also, just to add, the Associated Press style guide did announce that it had changed its writing style guide - the "bible for journalists" - to capitalize the "b" in Black last Friday.)



Take a few moments and scroll through these gorgeous images by artist Tawny Chatmon in her collection The Redemption 2018-2019. Breathtakingly beautiful. (If you click on any of the images on the site, you can see a bigger version and then you can scroll through each piece.)



I have followed Lewis Miller - of Flower Flash fame - for years and years on Instagram. (Flowers are magical! He proves it every day.) His floral designs are incredible, always an inspiration -- and the "flashes" he creates on the streets of NYC are AMAZING. You can read more about him in this profile article from the New York Times -- and if you're looking for some inspiration in your Instagram feed, he is truly worth following.



And now . . . the biggest rabbit hole I've discovered in a while! Each Sunday (beginning last January), The Atlantic adds to Fifty -- a photo collection from each state in the nation. (A new state collection is added each Sunday.) Oh, we may not be able to travel very easily right now . . . but we can certainly visit each state in the US through these incredible photo collections. 

Go ahead. Click in. Get lost in this armchair adventure!


And that's it for me this Monday morning.
I hope your week is off to a good start!




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That is a HUGE and BEAUTIFUL rabbit hole! I've been lost in there for a bit of time. LOL Glad you had a relaxing weekend and cheers to the week ahead!


Your blog is lovely to read any time, but I really look forward to Mondays and Fridays! That CJR article was a necessary and clear read for me, and Fifty! I've hemmed and hawed over subscribing to The Atlantic but this series has made the decision for me this morning. Thanks for the beautiful and educational rabbit holes!


I've been wondering about whether to capitalize Black, thank you for the article. And the new instagram account to follow, too! Happy Monday!


So much to learn in this post (but it seems to me that I learned about capitalizing Black YEARS ago). FIFTY is amazing (and I've only looked a TWO)!!


Excellent links! Thank you so much for sharing them!

(on a side note, I am so sad you frogged your MKAL... boo hoo!)


Can't wait to go down those rabbit holes (article read though...thank-you). xo


I can see I'm clearly going to need to set aside some time to get lost in FIFTY -- thank you for that link!

Margene Smith

I went to the Atlantic and got caught in a rabbit hole, ended up subscribing (I had a subscription years ago), found an article about Emily Dickinson (and a few other things, and well, I'm finally back here. You always have so much info on your Monday posts. I just love them. Lewis Miller is one of my favorite followings!


So much to thank you for in this post! I shall always capitalize Black now when referring to people. Tawny Chapman's images are glorious, and Klimt's golden surfaces look so much more appropriate on Black women than on pale skinned females. Thank you for Lewis Miller; I immediately followed him. Now I am off to check out the Atlantic link. Whee!

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