It is six years this week since the great Seamus Heaney passed, and it is blackberry season and a holiday weekend in the US. Let’s celebrate with him: Blackberry-picking Late August, given heavy rain and sun For a full week, the blackberries would ripen. At first, just one, a glossy purple clot Among others, red, […]
On enough-ness. From old French poets to Mick Jagger, we have a long legacy as humans of wanting more, or different. And we are rarely content, echoing Goldilocks as we spin through life… too hot, too cold, too big, too small. A big part of life is learning how to discern good decisions from bad, […]
It’s been a tough month for losses – Aretha Franklin, Kofi Annan, John McCain. So many more. It’s been a tough year for losses – Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade, Barbara Bush, Stephen Hawking. So many more. You could fill in any unit of time and any length of list and the statement would still be […]
The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough. – Rabindranath Tagore Summer in New England is precious, precisely because it is fleeting. Sometimes this translates into a crazy-busy approach to the days – we have to go to the beach! the mountains! the concert! the picnic! Yesterday my […]
Let there be bass. – Leo Fender (attr.) A few weeks ago, I was trying to focus on some neat new data at work, but there was a huge commotion from the street below. As the noise grew and grew, I was more and more distracted, more and more irritated. Then, all at once, the noise […]
Wherever this afternoon finds you, may you find the same joy and beauty as Henry James did. Eat a tomato, swing in a hammock, pour a tall glass of something ice-cold, take a deep breath. These summer days are short, and precious.