Inspired by Nadia Bolz-Weber, who shares with her newsletter subscribers an occasional “Stuff I’m into right now…” list, here are some things that have my attention these days—and that mostly bring joy.
Tulips. In neighbors’ yards. Brilliantly on display in Baltimore’s Sherwood Gardens, which Graham and I visited this week. And—for another day or two—displayed in a vase on the dining table at home.
Detransition, Baby — This debut novel by Torrey Peters was, for me, poignant, uncomfortable, and at times laugh-out-loud funny. But mostly thought-provoking about gender, motherhood, bodies, identity, and what we can and can’t predict about who and how our future selves and future lives will be.
My smartphone’s camera. I love capturing images to remind me of moments of delight. As I walked through the neighborhood this morning, for example, a key caught my eye. It was hanging in a tree. In my head I’ve been composing stories about how and why it got there.
Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy — David Zucchino’s book is the text for the upcoming gathering of the Cedar Hill Study Group, of which I’m a member. I’m listening to it, not particularly enjoying it, but also deeply grateful for this thorough exploration of a piece of U.S. history that was previously unknown to me. And how sobering to witness echoes of this history in our current 21st-century society.
Howard County Public School Students’ artwork on display at The Mall in Columbia. I love this exhibit every year, and it’s a special treat when I know (and am related to) some of the artists!
Spelling Bee, which has become a family game. The kids and I start on it together before they leave for school; I keep playing by myself for a while, trying to get to ‘Genius’ level before giving up or looking at hints (that’s our informal house rule—no hints from the Spelling Bee Forum until you’re a Genius!); sometimes Graham does clean-up. Once or twice a week we even manage collectively to be a Queen Bee!
I’m loving the sunshine, and longer, more pleasant walks with the dog, and the smells of spring (even the pungency of fresh mulch!). And in the chaos of all that’s awful in the world, I’m trying to take notice of delightful things.
I hope each of your days contains at least a moment of delight and meaning.