It’s been a few days since the bombing in Paris, and yet, of course, it still resides, like a black tumor, inside of my psyche. First, I want to say that I am so so sorry–to everyone directly involved, and to those indirectly involved and to the entire world community that is trying to find a way to cope with the consequences of evil.
If you know my work, you know that I never mention politics, but I find that this is one of the times that world events overshadow everything but the primal reality of being human, and all the good and the bad entailed in our species. Sometimes the amount of suffering in the world feels overwhelming. And yet, there is only so much we can do, and sometimes one of those things is to provide solace to ourselves and those around us.
Coincidentally, I have been asking friends about website/blogs that they count on to make their day a little better. And so I’ll pass some of these along, in hopes that many of you will add some of your own.
Here’s one thing I can count on every day when I turn on my computer: The Writer’s Almanac. Not only does it have a poem each day that comes to my inbox, it always contains information about the life of one or more well-known writers. It’s both fascinating and uplifting. My good friend Meg reminded me of the astounding photographs that primatologist and author Frans de Waal publishes every day on his public Facebook page. There are more astounding photographs to be found on Earth Porn (just the name makes me smile, thank you Ellen for the suggestion!) I can never go wrong by checking into Brené Brown’s website, or re-reading Tiny, Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed.
And of course, I also turn to the opposite of cyber solace–Willie, Maggie and Tootsie. I got home last night from out of town, and I imagine they were wondering why their belly rub quota had increased… But I thought in this blog it would be good to focus on the good side of the internet to counter act the pain that it can also bring.
What about you? Where do you go in cyber space for solace and inspiration? I think we all could use an addition to our list.
MEANWHILE, back on the farm: Little Big Man the ram is doing his job well. Lady Baa Baa is now bred, along with her mother. We’re only breeding three ewes this year; cross your paws that Pepper will be bred soon so that the rest of the flock can come back into the barn area and re-unite with the rest.
It’s a nasty, rainy day right now, so I’m going to post some of the photos from the past that make me happy and give me solace. I hope they do you too.
Here’s Willie going “Away” on a winter’s day. I enlarged this photo and put it in the garage. Makes me happy every time I come home.
Feathers from a friend’s rooster. Gorgeous.
From the Japanese Garden in Portland, Oregon. Makes me sigh with happiness. I hope it does you too.
And, oh, one more thing if you’re still with me. My memoir just went out today to publishers. Eeeeps. Incredibly Terrifying Exciting. Cross your fingers, paws, hooves or wings. I should know within a month if one of the big houses wants it, and when it might come out. I’ll keep you posted.