Monday Morning Musings:
“Your voices matter, your dreams matter, your lives matter. Be the roses that grow in the concrete.” –Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give
“There’s a saying in Hebrew, ‘No matter how dark the tapestry God weaves for us, there’s always a thread of grace.”—Mary Doria Russell, A Thread of Grace
Glowing ships on the aquamarine sea,
Moon and Venus shine their beacons–
The moon smiles a crooked grin,
and Venus titters
such fools, these mortals be.
I hate everyone, she says to me.
Well, not you—not my family—
and I know what she means, because I feel it, too,
the constant barrage of evil and ignorance,
people who refuse to wear masks,
who spread misinformation,
and insist they’re not racist while sharing racist posts—
the people, who like black holes, swallow the light,
but not all of it.
Sigh. Breathe. Walk. Begin again—
as each day does–
the sun rises, even if we don’t see it
shining over the horizon
waking the world
again and again,
though some never awaken
to see the world around them,
flowing on a river of hope
reflected over and over
of what was and what could be.
Some of the things I’ve seen on my morning walks this week:
These mushrooms that look like umbrellas set up for fairies.
Deer and red-tailed hawks this morning.
On Friday nights, we get together virtually with our children and their spouses. We light the Sabbath candles and share the things that we’re grateful for.
Saturday night homemade pizza and movie night
Lots of baking
Merril’s Movie Club: We watched The Hate U Give. (Amazon Prime with an additional slight fee, but I believe it’s on other streaming platforms.) We both thought it was a very good movie, and I highly recommend it. It’s based on a YA novel of the same name. It gets very intense, but in a thoughtful, nuanced way. Here’s a review in The New Yorker. We finished Season 3 of Bordertown, which I mentioned last week. I’m happy that apparently Season 4 is in the works.
I’m rereading Mary Doria Russell’s A Thread of Grace, a historical novel set in WWII Italy. She’s an author who does her research, but also tells a good story with captivating characters. Another story that seems timely when read now.
And this–unconditional love.