I recently bought this at the Seattle Public Library’s “Friendshop” and especially enjoy it when waking up. See more Rumi-quoting illustrations over here at Sacred Bee.
A couple weeks ago I had a fun time hosting my dad, who was visiting from out of town. Seattle–fully meeting expectations–maintained a heavy, all-encompassing gray for much of the weekend.
Luckily, we were rewarded with sunlight and clear skies when we hit Mt. Rainier, which had just re-opened after the government shutdown. The route from Seattle wasn’t the easiest to navigate, but worth it as soon as the clouds lifted and we spotted the volcano. I definitely look forward to going back again soon.
May this give you the energy to ride out the work week!
All this talk of tanning and sunlight has got me thinking back to last winter’s Puerto Rico vacation.
One of the joys of staying at Old San Juan’s Hotel El Convento was its proximity to the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista, originally built in 1521 and the home of Ponce de Leon’s tomb. Before my visit I had a hard time getting a sense of the space–is it a tourist trap, or in mass all day… ?
I was happy to discover that, for a cathedral, it’s actually quite casual and often open. (It also provides beautiful relief from the humidity!) Here are some photos I took of the space, with more from the neighborhood over here.
A couple months ago, I saw Kate Beckinsale in an interview and realized she’s been noticeably bronze for something like 10 years now. She bid “good day” to her classically translucent, English complexion and Emma moved to Laurel Canyon. Hugh Grant, too, seems to have followed Marlboro Man into the sunset.
But as someone who has her Victorian-ghost moments, I get it. Lighter skin can be beautiful, pink and freckled, but also has a way of calling attention to a missed hour of sleep or half a drink the night before. So, on days when I want a skin tone that’s a little more forgiving, I dab Clinique Self Sun on my forehead, chin, and the sides of my face (NOT my rosy cheeks, I’ve learned). At first I tried Jergens from the drugstore, but it smelled so awful. After using this product for about six months, I say, it’s really nice on days when you feel like it.
During that semester I studied abroad in Perugia 10 years ago, a number of us passed around a copy of The Da Vinci Code; it somehow felt extra relevant because it revolved around one pazzo genius Italian.
I’m not the biggest fan of pop lit, but was mystified when I got back to the States and observed “Dan Brown” and “Da Vinci Code” had become synonymous with “intellectual fakery” or “writing you couldn’t take seriously.” (I’d genuinely liked it!)
It was out of this loyalty that I read a recent interview with the author in the New York Times. Among other subjects, he talked about his profound admiration for Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers’ Power of Myth conversations:
The PBS interview series with Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers was hands down the most thought-provoking conversation I’ve ever witnessed. Campbell’s breadth of knowledge about the origins of religious belief enabled him to respond with clarity and logic to some very challenging questions about contradictions inherent in faith, religion and scripture.
When I finally plugged this into YouTube and saw these exchanges were from 1988, I had no small amount of skepticism. At first glance, two older men sitting in armchairs talking about mythology looks extremely academic. But, after 10 seconds’ viewing, I realized these videos are accessible in the biggest sense: They deal with universal emotions and experiences, and what it means to be human.
I’m working my way through Joseph Campbell videos (and soon will commence writings), but thought I’d share an excerpt from the series to give you a taste.