Hi from Sunday evening

Meet my new bonsai. My friend's husband is a bonsai enthusiast so today he introduced the Red Bean to the care and keeping of bonsai. She came home with four and a stack of books on all things bonsai.

http://thehabitofbeing_hi from Sunday evening


I spent the day in the company of my friend talking about poetry, writing, family. Currently the brownies are cooling, the chicken still roasting, the wine flowing. The Camellia took her first solo steps while I was out today and she's currently standing up, sitting down, giggling, repeat, repeat, repeat. Every time she makes it to standing the Magnolia claps for her which makes her giggle even more and makes the feat of standing even more challenging. This is one of those moments where I think, damn,  this is a good life. Sunday evening and my well is full. I think I'm ready to face whatever Monday throws my way. 


“Although all poets aspire to be birds, no bird aspires to be a poet.” 
―Mary Ruefle, The Most of It

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Sometimes when I have a moment in between activities but not enough time to really lose myself in a book, I pick up one of Mary's books and read a page. She is a poet's poet, elevating the everyday to magic. 

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[Reading] A Field Guide to Getting Lost

“Leave the door open for the unknown, the door into the dark. That’s where the most important things come from, where you yourself came from, and where you will go.” 
―Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost

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“Writing is saying to no one and to everyone the things it is not possible to say to someone.” 
―Rebecca Solnit, The Faraway Nearby


I finished up A Field Guide to Getting Lost. Loved it so much I immediately turned to The Faraway Nearby. I'll just say this: reading Solnit is a stimulating experience. A voyage of making connections, seeing things in a new light, and a side of (self-) discovery. 

And with that worthwhile distraction, I'm back to reading manuscripts.