1. Good sleep. Thor is a really good listener. After a week and a half of really difficult nights in which he consistently woke me up at three, he now lets me sleep until the alarm. When my watch buzzed this morning, he fell out of bed. I really think he understood my long imploring conversations. And why not?
2. Yesterday’s rain was moody. I love moody rain. I do miss the sun during rainy weeks, but sometimes, I just need a moody sky to bring out the inner colors.
3. While I was writing an application for a summer writing residency, I went off on a tangent searching for a particular quote that I remembered about the role of writers in times of peril. I finally found it, with the help of some friends, and along the way re-discovered a whole hoard of applicable quotes. Here’s the Toni Morrison quote I was looking for: “There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.” —Toni Morrison
4. Ursula K. Le Guin. She has some really inspiring notes about the purpose of the writer in difficult times.
5. Talented young people who put their hearts into their creative work. I keep missing cues at practice because I’m caught up watching the dancers. I’m grateful for my alto friend who gently pokes me.
May we walk in Beauty!