walking around town
personal ice cream
farmers market flowers
play date with a friend
garden egg hunts
latest read aloud
made in art class
favorite library reading spot
bright colored blooms cheering me up
sushi picnic lunch
Clover and her new broom from the bonsai garden
To Be Hopeful in Bad Times
“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.
What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.
And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”
― Howard Zinn
We visited the UC Botanical gardens with Gene and it was a magical spring afternoon. The newts and lizards were out and easily visible. I enjoy the process of wandering and then pausing to rest. I feel more present in the environment and I can access how much energy my body has to continue on.
The last time we visited was in 2018.
Changes big and small happening around here. maiki has new glasses and is looking for new work. Emma is growing so well and loving her new soccer meet ups. I am adjusting to my new slower paced life with fatigue from long covid.
The work of Commune Design in the Ace Hotels is really fun. They created a outdoor shower for the Palm Springs Ace I want to recreate. However the Kyoto location is by far my favorite because they feature the textiles of Mina Perhonen. I super love the day beds in the first photo. The style of the hotel is a fresh combination of California and Japanese design I want to live in.