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lots of years plus one.

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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.”

-albert einstein

image/cartoon credit: gary larson, the far side

carry on.

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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.” 

-elizabeth gilbert

 

credits: penn news, chris hopkins, jake rosin, mental floss,

*concert!

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“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

continual celebration.

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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.”

-rajneesh

happy diwali to those who celebrate!

feeling the beat.

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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.”

-jenny slate

dear evan hansen.

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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

and cries.

 

 

“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’.

“well, i didn’t vote for you.” – peasant to king arthur (monty python and the holy grail)

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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