“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.
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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