yesterday i went to sleep being lots of years old
today i woke up being lots of years plus one more year old
i’ll begin by sharing the day with my kinder
who love to celebrate most everything.
“do not grow old, not matter how long you live.
never cease to stand like curious children before the great mystery into which we were born.”
image/cartoon credit: gary larson, the far side
trying to piece the world back together
Warehouse giant Costco likes to do everything big, from super-sized bottles of ketchup to barrels full of Jack Daniel’s whiskey. Their latest exclusive offering: A jigsaw puzzle with 60,000 pieces that may take up an entire room when it’s finished.
The sprawling What a Wonderful World puzzle is actually 60 interconnected 1000-piece puzzles to make assembly (somewhat) feasible. Each features a painting from the Dowdle Art Studio of a fascinating landmark from different parts of the world, including The Great Wall of China and The Eiffel Tower.
Once each section is completed, it can be connected to the larger canvas. When finished, the puzzle measures 8 feet tall and 29 feet wide. An included legend helps you keep track of which puzzle goes where in the literal bigger picture of things. Costco has declared it the world’s largest jigsaw puzzle, and that’s likely to be true. The What a Wonderful World puzzle retails for $599.
“the world is like a dropped pie most of the time.
don’t kill yourself trying to put it back together.
just grab a fork and eat some of it off the floor. then carry on.”
credits: penn news, chris hopkins, jake rosin, mental floss,
“Tonight! A big forest concert under the direction of Musical Director Woodpecker!”
*(just because we all need a fluffy forest concert break about now)
“i’m afraid concerts spoil people for everyday life.”
-l.m. montgomery, anne of green gables
image credit: Peter Gray’s Delightful vintage art, from an old German children’s book
surrounded for a long weekend by big people who choose to live creative lives
working daily with little people who quite naturally live creative lives
i realize they are the same kind of people
who are, in spite of everything,
open, honest, vulnerable, full of wonder, bravery, creativity, joy, passion, and spirit
i feel such an admiration for them and kinship with them.
“life should be a continual celebration, a festival of lights the whole year round.
only then can you grow up, can you blossom.”
happy diwali to those who celebrate!
on the very next day
after i punched an aggressive clown in a haunted house
and my heartbeat had resumed its normal pace
i found this heart on a sidewalk
made of old gum weathered with time
yet the message was still clear.
“i would rather live with a tender heart, because that it the key to feeling the beat of all other hearts.”
watching this very moving play
at the historic fisher theatre
as a story of people
who have always felt outsiders
unheard, unloved, and unseen
plays out before us
in words, in actions, in music
where the audience sits in total silence
“Even when the dark comes crashing through,
when you need a friend to carry you and when you are broken on the ground,
you will be found.”
-You Will Be Found, ‘Dear Evan Hansen’.
when an unexpected robot cat rolls up to deliver your dinner and gives you a wink
just smile and wink back.
“be unprepared. that’s my motto. let life surprise you.”
one has a story that’s not like the others
“make your life story so amazing that unicorns have trouble believing it is true.”
– karen salmansohn
an adventurous visit to the michigan renaissance festival
way back when
in days of yore
i took my daughters
to this very shire
all of us dressed up
now my grandsons
have picked up where we left off
as brave knights
“look, it’s my duty as a knight to sample as much peril as I can.”
– Sir Galahad (Holy Grail)
people enjoying the day
being whoever they imagine themselves to be
villagers from far and wide are all welcomed here
no matter their dress or look or form
and what could be better than spying a kilted warrior brave enough to pick up his own hot latte?
“live every day as if it’s a festival. turn your life into a celebration.”
-shri radhe maa