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
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
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”
glenn frey the cat not the rocker
is really upset
about the ongoing stretch of excessive heat
and has decided
to vocally protest
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”
image credit: henri rousseau, ‘the sleeping gypsy’
only a matter of time…..
“patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.”
image credit: awkward family photos
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.”
credit: john f. kennedy presidential library and museum
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.”
credits: bbc news, thai navy seal team, sisidea
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.”