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Letter sent on May 12, 2017




Hey hi hello.

The term “numinous” was coined around 1900 by Rudolph Otto. I learned about the concept in grad school — it’s basically that na-na-na feeling when you’re looking at the ocean, or the stars, or into the eyes of an animal and there is a co-mingling feeling of awe and recognition.

It is bearing witness to the divine, to God, to your own perfection, which you have forgotten. Perhaps. In short, it’s the only sense of spirituality I cultivate in my life.

Tiny gestures of self-love are keeping me alive this week in the face of our ever-collapsing democracy. A bouquet of street flowers in a mason jar; a video of a sugar glider (an animal I didn’t know existed); a slice of sunlight on a napping dog’s face; the sound of my roommate grinding coffee as the first sound of my consciousness; my mother’s rasping laughter 2,000 miles away in Connecticut; and ever and always, a beautifully crafted phrase.

With love + rage,
Katie Tandy
Co-founder | Creative Director

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