alley cats.

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 collective joy in graffiti alley 

ann arbor, mi – summer 2018

“the urge to transform one’s appearance, to dance outdoors, 

to mock the powerful and embrace perfect strangers is not easy to suppress.”

 -Barbara Ehrenreich, Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy

 

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lavender.

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what a wonderful afternoon

spent among the fields of lavender lane farm

at the lavender harvest festival

 live jazz played in the field

bouquets were cut to take

 soaps, and lotion, and oils purchased

a picnic

of freshly made french food

and lavender lemonade

 enjoyed with friends

 all while floating

on a wavy sea of purple.

“forgiveness is the smell that lavender gives out when you tread on it”

-mark twain

turn down the heat.

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glenn frey the cat not the rocker

is really upset

about the ongoing stretch of excessive heat

and has decided

to vocally protest

each night

however

i have a different style

and feel that silent protests

might be much more effective.

“that lemon drop is bearing down
so hot it wilts my artificial flowers”

-richard l. ratliff

image credit: henri rousseau, ‘the sleeping gypsy’

pets, pets, pets.

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happy all american pet day!

 During President Kennedy’s time in office 21 animals lived at the White House.

Their pets included dogs, horses, and an assortment of smaller animals.

“animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.” 

george eliot

 

 

 

 

 

 

credit: john f. kennedy presidential library and museum

courage.

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Boars🐗, frogs🐸, naga🐲, lions🦁and tigers🐯 and elephants🐘, oh my! 

During the BBC’s coverage of the ongoing cave rescue operation in Thailand, they came across this adorable cartoon by Bangkok-based illustrators Sisidea, which caught their attention after it was shared on Facebook by the Thai Navy Seal team. 

This is what Aruni Aunhawarakorn and Jantima Manasviyoungkul (the people who drew the picture) had to say:  “We are so, so happy at the news and our cartoon shows our appreciation from the Thai people – to everyone around the world who have been involved in the search as well as those [unsung heroes] who haven’t been mentioned.” 

“from caring comes courage.”

-lao tzu

 

 

 

credits: bbc news, thai navy seal team, sisidea

dance ’round.

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found the fairy woods and troll hollow
tucked away in the middle of the trees

when your eyes are open

there is always so much to discover.

“we dance round in a ring and suppose,

but the secret sits in the middle and knows.”

-robert frost