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April 25, 2013

brings us together, glitter, and twirling
posted by soe 6:34 pm

Today marks 8 years (less a day) of writing weekly three beautiful things posts. With a few others sprinkled in from time to time, this marks the 445th time I’ve recorded things I’ve found beautiful here. I’ve had other features on the blog — sharing music, knitting, cat photos, and book reviews — but none of them have elicited the same dedication as this one. I’d like to think it’s because it’s such a nice way to share word-fashioned snapshots of my life — and that it makes me more mindful of positive things around me.

Thanks, as always, to Clare, who inspired the original post and whose daily meditations continue to be enjoyed so many years later.

Here are three from the past week:

1. John and Nicole pull off a near-perfect wedding with touches that reflect the two of them as individuals and as a couple. There are Chinese containers containing noodly appetizers, lemonade, and local beer; vases of yellow flowers and tea lights bedeck the tables; vegan and meaty food share the menu; and the favors are heart-shaped tea strainers. Nicole’s younger sister became ordained so she could officiate the ceremony, and her words of and for the couple are filled with love and mirth. Nicole trips over her lines, and John can’t take his eyes off her. Toasts are offered. Dancing (and drinking) lasts until late into the night, when the wedding party (and a few of us random stragglers) parade out of the mansion and up the street trailing decorations, cake, and chuppah.

The Ceremony

2. Five days later and I’m still finding sparkles on me, making them even more pervasive than beach sand. Glitter may have become part of my DNA. (That would be an awesome genetic modification, by the way.)

3. Giddy glee pours through me until it feels necessary to twirl like an ice skater or Wonder Woman to share some of it with the world. So I put my bag down, make sure no one is close enough for me to run into them, and, spreading my arms wide, gyre until I’m so dizzy I can’t see and laugh until I’m out of breath.

Now, how about you? What’s been beautiful in your world this week?

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April 24, 2013

random ten
posted by soe 11:06 pm

It’s been a while since we’ve had a random ten on Wednesday post. You know the rules: Hit shuffle on your portable music device, computer music library, or cd changer, and list the first ten songs that come up. No editing to get a better or more representative list.

This is from my work computer:

  1. “Don’t Stop” — Patrick & Eugene
  2. “I Heard Someone Crying” — cast from the Broadway show The Secret Garden
  3. “Turkledove” — Peter, Bethany, & Rufus
  4. “The Boxer” — Simon & Garfunkel
  5. “Without One” — Chuck E. Costa
  6. “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (in Perfect Harmony)” — The New Seekers
  7. “Shule Aru” — Peter, Bethany, & Rufus
  8. “It’s the End of the World (And I Feel Fine)” — REM
  9. “Come to My Garden/Lift Me Up” — cast from the Broadway show The Secret Garden
  10. “Marilyn Monroe” — Dala

(Apparently my computer was in the mood for kids’ folk songs and show tunes.)

Feel free to share your track list in the comments.

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April 22, 2013

elections — again
posted by soe 11:26 pm

Tomorrow we have an election in D.C.

First, and foremost, let me urge anyone in D.C. who’s registered to vote here to do so. Even if you don’t care who wins the council seat, there is a referendum question on the ballot that is an important one to address. It concerns the District’s ability to decide how to use the money, such as tax revenue, that it raises.

Currently, we are at Congress’ whims for all our budgetary concerns. Regardless of how you might feel about the Founding Fathers’ opinions about D.C. governance and our representation (or lack thereof) in Congress, it seems only fair that we should have some autonomy in setting our own budget priorities. You know how everyone’s talking about how sequestration will affect various government bodies? D.C.’s one of them. When the government threatens to shut down all non-essential federal agencies? That includes D.C.’s libraries, because Congress gets final sign-off on our entire budget. An argument could be made that it is fair that the national government should oversee the District’s use of federal funds. However, it is harder to see how it’s fair that they dictate how we spend the percentage of our budget (roughly 70%, by the way) that comes into our coffers via our own sources of funding, such as local taxes. Voting yes tomorrow on the referendum will indicate that residents of D.C. would like and expect to receive that same privilege that other local governments take for granted.

Harder for me to offer insight into is the at-large council race seat that’s being contested. This is the seat that opened up when Phil Mendelson won election to council chair, which in turn was vacated by Kwame Brown in a corruption scandal. So at its heart, this election should be about ethics. And, at least on the surface, it is. All the current contenders bandy the term about. If we eliminate the candidate who’s already dropped out (but who still remains on the ballot and, thus, will take at least a certain percentage of the vote), we’re still left with six candidates, four of whom are running in the District’s de facto single party. (more…)

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April 19, 2013

fine, pastels, and trivial excursion
posted by soe 2:12 am

This seems like a really good time to look back at three beautiful things from the past week:

1. The soil in the part of the garden that Rudi’s been working on looks like he ran it through a sieve. No fibrous roots or lumps, like I’ve left in my part of the garden.

2. Tulips on my way to work in candy colors.

3. I take a solo spin up to our local indie bookstore for their monthly trivia night and join the team of two strangers from Northern Virginia. We come in fifth (or so), and although I am mildly ashamed that I couldn’t name Herman Melville as the author of Moby Dick (I blanked!), I did correctly identify the cover of The Unbearable Lightness of Being, the author of The Fight Club, Prince’s “When Doves Cry,” the reason for the nickname “The Bean Belt,” and the commonality between a parliament, an exultation, and a murder.

How about you? What beautiful things caught your attention this week?

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April 16, 2013

music on monday: what i wish for us all
posted by soe 12:10 am

What a sad day today has become with the violence in Boston. I wanted to say something, but I think maybe John Denver summarizes best what I hope for for all of us:

I wish you poems and prayers and promises tonight and forever on.

Namaste. The light within me salutes the light within you.

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April 15, 2013

april garden news
posted by soe 2:08 am

I’ve had a couple weekends now to go down to the garden and some help from Rudi this evening, so things are starting to shape up.

It started out as this:

After the Winter
I cleared a bunch of weeds and we turned a lot of earth (Rudi is particularly good as sifting fibrous root systems out of the soil). I have four heads of lettuce that were sown last fall that are coming along nicely, and most of the herbs survived the winter. We planted a couple peppers, a dozen onions, and a half dozen bok choi and spinach seedlings; moved the thyme and a couple of chive plants; and sowed lettuce, chard, spinach, and sorrel seeds.

I still have to tackle the potato bed and plant peas and do some management of the strawberry section, but now our plot looks like this:

Two Weekends of Work
Oh, and here’s the first harvest of the season:

Glass of Violets

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