Work is slowly winding down. A long weekend is stretching ahead of us. I have a stupid cold but am still determined to enjoy my favorite month of the year. It’s my birthday soon. Here are a few things that brightened my week.
One. A lovely illustrated thought by Henry David Thoreau, for all of us who are striving too hard (via Films for Action).
Life is short, though I keep this from my children.
Life is short, and I’ve shortened mine
in a thousand delicious, ill-advised ways,
a thousand deliciously ill-advised ways
I’ll keep from my children. The world is at least
fifty percent terrible, and that’s a conservative
estimate, though I keep this from my children.
For every bird there is a stone thrown at a bird.
For every loved child, a child broken, bagged,
sunk in a lake. Life is short and the world
is at least half terrible, and for every kind
stranger, there is one who would break you,
though I keep this from my children. I am trying
to sell them the world. Any decent realtor,
walking you through a real shithole, chirps on
about good bones: This place could be beautiful,
right? You could make this place beautiful.
Two. If you have children, or grandchildren, this poem will make a lot of sense. But, even if you don’t, it’s still a wonderful poem (via Austen Kleon)
Three. This photo of Bologna, my hometown, made me a bit nostalgic. So beautiful. If your travels take you to Italy, you might want consider making Bologna part of your pilgrimage (it will be muggy and hot but still beautiful).
Four. Mighty impressed with the White House. I sent a condensed and slightly revised version of this post to the White House. President Obama answered. I was aware there was an office tasked with reading every message that comes in but I didn’t realize everybody gets an answer, clearly personalized to the particular query or observation. When “The White House” popped up in my box, it made my day.
Five. For LA readers or anyone visiting: El Floridita is a landmark Cuban restaurant with a dance floor and live music almost every night. This week I went for the second time in 20 years. Why did I wait so long? I had so much, the staff is welcoming, warm and hellbent that everybody is having fun.