So much snow
Goodness, what a snowy week! I mean, it’s not like we’re buried, but it snowed every other day, and then iced and rained on top of it. Poor Ollie—his little clearing in the yard is an ice rink. He’s not amused.
It made for a quiet week here, a good one for writing and reflecting, as well as doing some general cleanup work on the site (it’s behind the scenes for now, but there’s visible stuff coming—stay tuned). I’m over the constant snowstorms, but I do have to admit that we’ve had some gorgeous displays.
I’m about to head out to catch up with a dear friend, and I’m excited for a change of scene.
How was your week?
I made more progress with reading Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi this week. In his section on the body, Csikszentmihalyi writes about using walks as a way to achieve flow, including by the practice of making ourselves notice our surroundings in new ways (so, you not only move your body, but you engage your mind and senses as well). He expresses it far more articulately than I do, but this practice forms the basis of my Sundry Wonders walks. Cultivating this practice has opened up my world in untold ways.
Do walks help to open up your world?
You may have noticed that I’m not posting as much on social justice issues these days. In part, I honestly have needed a break from the news. It’s unrelenting. Still, this week has been awful, and, while it can feel hopeless, there are things we can do.
We need effective gun laws (that second amendment has an opening clause, and there’s nothing well-ordered about mass shootings). Police have too much power, little accountability, and are called upon to deal with situations for which they are not qualified to address. Encounters with them result in needless deaths. This happened recently in small-town New Hampshire, too, with the killing of a 17-year-old with mental health issues at the hands of police. It needs to change. This is not the country that most of us want.
For gun violence, Moms Demand Action and Everytown do great work. Donate if you can. We won’t see more legislation until after we win the House back, but we can keep up the drumbeat for change with our elected officials.
Take care of you, as well. It’s important to remember to take a break when we need one and then come back.
- Travel—Answering the question “Is Croatia Safe?” with a resounding yes, and sharing how refreshing it felt to wander at will and without fear (in part because Croatia has sensible gun laws)
- Eat—A small-batch recipe for one of my favorite desserts
- Sundry Wonders, of course
Likely another post as well, but I’m also working on the site.
Until then, let’s catch up on the week in posts.