Fridays Are For Poetry
Still Rooted. Still Flowing.

Start. Your. D@mn. Engines.

Yep. It's the last Monday in June. And I see no significant improvement in my Mood.
(Working on it though.) 
Let's go. 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.)


"Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up."
        --- Brené Brown


I'm showing up.
It might not be pretty.
But here I am.
(How about you?)



It's the tail end of June already.
And the end of Pride Month. 

Ever wonder how the rainbow flag came to be the symbol of the LGBTQIA movement? Well. Here's the story. (And it's a good one!)



When Erin was a little girl, one of our favorite books to read together was Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold. For both of us, that book was pure wonder! The colors. The textures. The story. The magic. I was entranced by the quilt behind the story. (And the colors.) Erin was completely taken by a little girl who could fly!!! 

Ever since seeing that book for the first time, I have been enamored with the work of Faith Ringgold. I was able to see it in person when I was in Washngton D.C. during the mid-90s and caught a special exhibition. I was thrilled over the weekend when I found this blog post from Selvedge Magazine about her work -- which includes a couple of interviews. I highly recommend spending some time getting to know Faith Ringgold. (And if you haven't discovered Tar Beach . . . oh. do check it out! You'll be delighted!)



If you've ever seen Hamilton, you already know this:

You'll never be satisfied . . . (ahem) with seeing it once.

Take it from me. I've seen it FOUR times. And every time - before the first act is even over - I'm already telling myself I MUST (simply MUST) see it again.


I am counting down the days until July 3 -- when the film version of the Broadway musical comes to Disney Plus. (I signed up for Disney Plus just for the occasion!) If you haven't been able to see Hamilton yet, here's your chance! (Or if you're like me and just haven't been able to see it ENOUGH.)



I know, I know. I wish she wasn't still around either. But Corona Lisa still has Things To Say.

First, you probably already saw this, but just in case you didn't . . . here's a little PSA for you. The FDA put out a "do not use" warning about hand sanitizer made be a company called Eskbiochem last week. The sanitizer uses a toxic ingredient (methanol) that can be absorbed through the skin. So you might want to check out the list of santizing products they make. 

Next, are you wondering about going to the dentist these days? I was due for my regular cleaning appointment in late March. Obviously, that was canceled. But the office called to reschedule. I asked a lot of questions . . . and found out that my dentist had installed an entirely new filtering HVAC system AND implemented many coronavirus "practices." I was convinced, and I set up my appointment for late July (it took a while to get in because I requested a first-of-day appointment to lessen my risk even further). Here's an article from the Washington Post about what to look for as you return to the dentist. (Turns out it's a whole lot safer than going for . . . oh, say a drink at a bar.)

And finally. I know most of you are already pros at wearing your masks. But here are some helpful tips for finding, proper fitting, and wearing masks (from the NY Times). Maybe you can share them with a new mask-wearer in your life.



Well. It may be awhile before we're welcome in Europe, but we can still take an Armchair Adventure. This week, here's an incredible journey to the Dolomites in Italy. Happy (armchair) travels to you!


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



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Carolyn Seymour Thomas

I had tickets for Hamilton in September. My maiden voyage! Tell me--should I hesitate making my first time a televised experience? It really does give me pause. So I need a push. And thanks for Tar Beach! I'm going to share the YouTube reading with Elsa when she wakes up...and I've been looking for a new go-to storybook to gift. Ta-da. :) Hoping for some spark in your week. Or at least a flicker.


I'm SO excited for Hamilton on Friday! Also really grateful that I got to see it on Broadway TWICE last year. Thanks for the links, as always. I'm off to peruse and learn.


Tar Beach is an amazing book! When I worked in an elementary school library, the librarian did lots of book talks ad there was always a clamor for Tar Beach when she read it. At one point we had 14 copies and that was still not enough to go around.

I was already excited for new fish in Animal Crossing on July 1 and an update that allows you to go swimming on July 3, but Hamilton may be even better. :-) Maybe July will be a good month!


I bought Tar Beach in the 1990s. Faith Ringgold has long been an inspiration. I recently saw the interviews with her. (Not sure how I got to her website.) Thank you for bringing me back there today. I love exploring it all over again. You are SO lucky to have seen her Tar Beach exhibit! We signed up for Disney JUST for Hamilton. I can't wait! Smith had a dentist appointment last month and came home to report on the new equipment and practices. He assured me I would be okay to go in August for my pre-scheduled appointment!


I'm so excited for Hamilton! We saw it when the tour came here, but I'm psyched about seeing the original cast, and my daughter has not seen it. It seems like the right thing to watch on Independence Day weekend!


Faith Ringgold’s work is amazing! Several years ago a local museum did a quilt exhibit that showcase many quilts from artists of color. I just kept wondering about how they chose the fabrics for their creations. We are now the proud subscribers of Disney Plus in anticipation of Hamilton! Can’t wait to see the original cast! I’ve had quite a bit of necessary dental work during the last three month. I’ve been so impressed with the protocol used by my dentist and oral surgeon. Actually I’ve had several doctor appointments and have felt very safe and protected.


How is it that I have never heard of Tar Beach? I need to find that book. I would love to fly over the roof tops!!!


Thanks for the links (especially Faith Ringgold!!) And, Hamilton!! I.can't.wait.


I've seen Hamilton twice (so not as often as Kym) but I think it'll only enhance your enjoyment when you DO see it in person, to have watched the television version. Plus it's the original cast with Lin-Manuel Miranda playing Hamilton, which *I* didn't see in person, so YES, consider yourself pushed!

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