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Monday Again

And that means it's time to . . . 


(And after my break, I feel all the more ready to get things revving again this week.)

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.

So. Let's get to it!


"No mud, no lotus."
            -- Thich Nhat Hanh


(No lotus here. Just lake plants. Looking down. Right off our dock!)



Back in the Before Times (like, y'know . . .  February) I was planning an outing with some friends to go see a major Frida Kahlo exhibit that was coming to Chicago this summer. We were so excited about it . . . planning for a lovely July day in Chicago (right about now, actually). But, of course, that was canceled and rescheduled.

Maybe we'll try again.  
Maybe we won't.
Who knows?

But we can still enjoy some Frida Kahlo . . . right from home.
(Yeah. Not the same at all. But the best we've got for now.)



Is this happening for any of you?

Do you look in your closet . . . at all those clothes hanging in there . . . and just wonder WTF?

As in . . . WTF did I think I needed all THAT for????

I don't have an over-stuffed closet by any means. I've already figured out "my style" and culled my wardrobe to Things I Actually Wear. Which is, of course, an entirely bizarre concept at the moment. Because all I wear now is some combination of workout clothes, denim shorts, and t-shirts.

Every. Single. Day.

Now, maybe someday I'll GO somewhere again. And maybe someday (although I'm not altogether certain about this) I'll actually want to get . . . dressed up again. But, for the most part, I've decided I really LIKE wearing t-shirts every day. And who cares if I'm still in my workout clothes at dinnertime? I'm not worrying about it. At all.

(My earring game is still strong. So there is that.)

Anyway. I've not missed shopping for new clothes at all. And I'm kinda thinking . . . I may never need to go clothes shopping again! (Or at least . . . not for a really long time.)

Is this happening for anyone else? In case you're leaning in this direction, too . . . well, here's an article from The Guardian with 20 Ways to Stop Buying New Clothes Forever.


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I know a lot of you aren't Instagram people. And I get that. (Personally, I'm not a Facebook person, but I really do enjoy following along with all kinds of people on Instagram.)


I thought I'd share some of my favorite Instagram accounts with you once in a while. This week? @DavidZinn

David Zinn is an Ann Arbor, Michigan based street artist. He creates absolutely delightful chalk art on (mostly) urban streets and buildings. His whimsical drawings are sure to bring a smile. Check it out!



The election is less than 100 days away, my friends. Not long at all, really. (Although, as we know, a lot can happen in 100 days.)


It's always important to vote -- and this year? Super important! We also need to keep up with all the voting news -- because, well . . . you know why. During the next few weeks, I'll share some voting information links, and maybe you can share them with your friends, and they can share them with their friends. Because VOTING MATTERS.

I'll begin with Vote.Org. This site includes the nitty-gritty basics all voters need to git-r-dun. You can register to vote, of course, and you can also do other helpful vote-y things like check your registration, set up voting reminders for yourself, and identify your polling station. There are links to each individual state election center, too, so you can hop right to your own state for more information. 

Click here for Vote.Org's Election Protection Guide, which outlines the specific steps to take should you be denied the right to vote when you arrive at your polling station, including a hotline number to call and report your situation.

Click here for Vote.Org's Voting & COVID-19 Guide, which includes state-by-state information for voting during the pandemic.

Stay informed.
Make a plan.


And that's it for me this week.

I hope your week is off to a great start.
Keep smiling.
We'll get through this.