“The loneliest people are the kindest. The saddest people smile the brightest. The most damaged people are the wisest. All because they don’t wish to see anyone else suffer the way they did.”

Not sure who wrote this, but who wrote this knows.


April 4, 2021

Some keep the Sabbath going to Church — (236)

The pandemic has simplified my life.

The questions of what to wear, who to meet, where to eat, all have the same answers now: something simple, my wife, home.

And what to do together? Most often, just walk outside.

I now recognize some of the sounds we hear in the mornings: what I thought was an owl is a mourning dove, named for its call, which sounds like one in mourning (hence the name). The “gaaaa” calls come from the murder of crows. …


nengajō (年賀状)

A friend introduced me to the Japanese tradition of nengajō (年賀状) — sending cards to loved ones in the new year. I imagine the cards hold haikus. In Japan the practice is precise: the cards arrive on January 1.

This year I have been doing the same.

I have a stack of cards. I personalize each one. The note is specific.

Off they go into the mail, on their journeys north and south, far west and to the east, arriving unexpected, handwritten and holding a small gift, arriving in their own time.

I’ve been watching the Canada geese migrate,

passing my

windows.

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