Joie du Mercredi 1.26.22

“Because you are alive, everything is possible.”

Thich Nhat Hanh (1926 – 2022)

On Wednesdays in my infinitesimal section of digital real estate, I share at least five things that brought me joy or gave me something to think about in the past week. For now, I’ll call this Joie Du Mercredi (Wednesday Joy):

1. I learned a lot about Andre Leon Talley after his recent passing by watching the documentary The Gospel According to Andre Leon Talley, listening to his 2018 Fresh Air interview with Terry Gross and reading tributes on social media. He loved his grandmother, the church, Black people, creatives, luxury and knowledge. “Do your homework!” was a favorite phrase encouraging people to show up prepared.

2. A nor’easter might be headed to the Tri-State area this weekend, but at least the sun is now setting later.

3. Swan Song (Apple TV+). Beautifully shot, this sci-fi/drama stars Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris. The plot made me think of Bobby Caldwell’s song, “What You Won’t Do For Love” + Dr. Ian Malcolm’s famous statement in Jurassic Park, “your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.” 3 ½ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of 5.

4. Wordle (if you know, you know). I couldn’t solve the January 24 puzzle (KNOLL! Ugh!) but that made me love it even more.

5. Peonies and sunflowers from California! Didn’t think I’d see peonies until at least June!

6. I was once told that my personality was like Dug, the dog from the animated movie Up! because I’m easily distracted and frequently go down rabbit holes. Case in point…

I’m not a numismatic, but the other day I dumped out my change purse to see if I’d unknowingly gotten any of the new Maya Angelou quarters (no). I started to closely examine all the coins to see if I had something special.

The oldest in my possession was a 1965 quarter (oh, the places this has been in 56 years!), which made me look up what gas cost in 1965 ($0.31) and then its current value (if in mint condition, could be worth between $1 – $35). I also found a 1972 quarter (#JourneyToL), a 1989 quarter (year I started college), lots of quarters from 1991 and dimes from 2021. The prettiest one, was a 2008 Oklahoma quarter, which, features the Scissor Flycatcher bird and the Firewheel wildflower. I learned more, but I’m gonna stop here, lest you think me a nerd.

(Top Row L to R): 1965, 1972, 1989 and 2008. (Middle Row): Newer nickels had a front facing image of Jefferson. The others are in profile. (Bottom): Lincoln is facing right. I’m fascinated.

Where are you finding your joy this week? Have you learned anything new or interesting? Leave feedback in the comment section. I’d love to hear from you! 

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8 Comments

  1. 1. let me check the quarters in my closet lol
    2. I thought I had a slow leak in my tire yesterday, come to find out I just needed a little bit of air. Moral for me: Air is GOOD.
    3. Minimalism…. moving closer to it every day.
    4. Music is for LIFE.
    5. Good sleep is essential

    Thank you for this.

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  2. Welp…i was today years old when I learned that King David didn’t dance himself out of his clothes. He was actually wearing a linen ephod which was attired reserved for priests to wear while serving. Being that David was king, him not dressed in his royal attire among his people was considered naked in a sense. But he was dressed like everyone else (dressed in iinen ephod) carrying the Ark of God back to Jerusalem. Hmmm…he humbled himself before God. I always thought and wondered, “Did David reallyyyy have his junk out praising the God of the universe???” Growing up in the church it was always presented that way from the pulpit…to me anyway.

    Amazing what taking a little time to read for yourself and doing some research can dispel. I’ve been reading the Bible differently these days…with an open mind, which is not easy by the way. How do you undo what has been drilled into you for nearly 50 years. Anyhoooo…I’m enjoying these new discoveries.

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  3. Love this! I quote that Jurassic Park line all the time – especially of late.

    Love, love, love that you take the time to make connections between the past and present by simply looking at the quarters you carry around with you. This is literally carrying the past.

    I watched the Talley doc as well. I’m still sitting with it and processing. There’s definitely a lot to unpack there – the complexities and nuances of his life journey. Wow!

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    1. Hi Tracy! Thank you for taking the time to read and comment! Yes, those quarters have probably been through countless interesting transactions, in a kid’s piggy bank, was a tooth fairy payment, saved people from getting a parking ticket, or getting their clothes clean at a laundromat.

      I’m not done thinking about ALT either. What a life!

      Have a great day!

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