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It's Monday.
Time to . . . 


On Mondays I share a few tidbits and miscellaneous things I discovered over the weekend. A little of this, some of that. Things to amuse, amaze, entertain, or inform. Maybe even something to rev you up!

So. Let's get to it.


"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, Why I Wake Early




How are you?

Such a banal question in the Before Times. Such a loaded question . . . These Days.

I really enjoyed this little piece on the existential nature of the question "How are you?" . . . as asked during the pandemic. Maybe you will, too?

“How am I? I’m doing as well as I can. I’m taking care of myself. It’s a crappy set of circumstances right now, and I know I have it better than many. I feel able and accountable. I have enough. I’m feeding myself.” That is my answer. Today."
            --- Anthony Weeks, from the article 



And the article linked above? It had me scrambling to the dictionary to look up this word (which appears in the article) . . . 


I knew what it meant in context . . . but I wanted to look it up to cement it in my brain!



Did you happen to see the cover of this week's New Yorker magazine?


Isn't it wonderful?
It's by Edward Steed and is called "Overgrown." (You can read all about the image here.)

And . . . it totally reminds me of one of my favorite Instagram "follows" . . . Lewis Miller Design. If you haven't checked out his unbelieveably gorgeous and totally stunning floral arrangements, give him a follow on Instagram. Your feed will be filled with beauty! (And who doesn't need more than that?)



I'm sure you're familiar with the most famous piece of "flash fiction" (or "microfiction") . . . attributed to Ernest Hemingway. (Legend has it that Hemingway challenged his fellow writers to tell a story in six words or less.)

For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.

Well. Larry Smith of the New York Times issued a challenge . . . for people to tell the story of their lives in this time of pandemic in six words. You can read the results here. My favorite is from poet Maggie Smith.

The world has never felt smaller.

What would YOUR six-word-pandemic-memoir be????



I read this week that the house that inspired Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights is for sale! Yeah. It's a bit pricey. But wouldn't it be fun to own it? Or maybe just to stay for a night . . . to see if you might see Cathy through the window? (It's currently a B&B.)


And . . . that's it for me on this Monday morning.

Here's to a good week for all of us.


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My six word memoir: Never think it can't get worse. Second stanza: So I enjoy carrot cake now.


Watch, now, how I start the day in happiness, in kindness. - this is going to be my mantra! Thank you


Great links! And my six word memoir: Long distance hugs are so empty.


Like Juliann, I love that Mary Oliver quote and the New Yorker cover is so fabulous!!

My memoir: I love working daily from home!


Surprise! I don't miss clothes shopping!


Body safe..brain turbulent. Normal almost


I'm tired of everyone taking sides.


Such a fantastic Monday morning you host! Hmmm. How about this one:
Got some choices to make now.


My six words for the pandemic: Life, stripped to what matters most.


Happy marriage. Miss Dan. Internet friends.


My first thought for a six-word pandemic story was this: Each and every day the same. (Yes, the title would be "Blursday.")


I've had no trouble commenting, but Feedly isn't regularly putting your posts into my feed. gah ... still. love finding this on a TUESDAY afternoon. Two days in and I feel like I'm channeling Mary Oliver to start with kindness, gratitude, and (some days) even happiness. Thank you!


Over and over and over again. I did think that cover was very cheerful and bright myself.


:catching up on my favorite blogs:: I loved your pink sweater -- it looks like something you could wear nearly every day!

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