Category Archives: Good Things

Hello, June!

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Welcome to my favorite month of the year. June. Even the word June is beautiful.

Long, sunny days and balmy nights that call for midnight walks, star-gazing, and ice cream. Sandal season.  Toenails painted the same vivid pink shade as my favorite peonies.

Midsummer’s eve, welcoming the summer solstice. Picnics.  Even better, picnics on midsummer night’s eve. Thanks to a beautiful bit of synchronicity,  one of my favorite events of summer, Symphony on the Prairie, opens the weekend of the summer solstice. The orchestra will be playing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and I can’t think of a better way to start summer. I’m already planning what to pack in my picnic basket, and the special bottle of Champagne for that night is sitting on my kitchen counter as a reminder of good things to come.

Every June I re-read Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s Gift from the Sea. This wonderful book explores the necessity of not only looking inward, but of focusing on one’s development in order to fully live. Lindberg (the wife of Charles Lindberg)is especially potent when discussing the necessity of occasional moments of solitude in order to realign one’s priorities and give freedom to creative expression, rather than running oneself ragged with the million fragmented responsibilities of most women.

Gift from the sea

A new addition to my June line up is going to be the N.I.T.E. (Navigate Indy This Evening)Ride. The N.I.T.E. Ride starts at 11:00 pm from IUPUI’s Carroll Stadium on New York Street, travels along well-lit roads through Downtown Indianapolis, the Indiana Statehouse, Monument Circle, Butler University, Indianapolis Museum of Art, wanders along the White River and through the IUPUI Campus. I’ve never ridden through any of these places at night, because I value my life. This event makes it safe, and I’m already looking forward to the new experience.

“Green was the silence, wet was the light,
the month of June trembled like a butterfly.”
– Pablo Neruda

Good Things

I have an on-going compilation of life’s little pleasures over on my page Good Things.  I’ll keep adding more things as I think of them. I want to keep it as a separate page so I can easily pull it up when I’m having a bad day. What would you add?

 

  • sleeping in just a little bit on a week day
  • the smell of damp earth in the morning after it’s rained all night
  • lunch dates
  • the feeling of warm sand between my toes at the beach
  • getting a package in the mail
  • pedicures
  • Thai food so spicy that it makes my eyes water
  • kisses
  • little surprise gifts for no reason at all
  • sipping Lillet in the sunshine
  • the feeling of a warm breeze blowing my hair against my bare shoulders
  • handwritten notes
  • driving home with the car windows rolled down and the music turned up
  • hearing birds chirp for the first time each spring
  • listening to thunderstorms while under the covers
  • new ink
  • a cashmere sweater on a cold day
  • being read to out loud
  • bubble baths
  • great smelling men’s cologne
  • picnics
  • that “new book” smell
  • that “old book” smell of a good used bookstore
  • crisp, clean, fresh sheets against bare skin
  • a spoonful of peanut butter straight from the jar in the ‘fridge
  • Champagne (and the accompanying giggles I get from drinking it)
  • flying a kite
  • spending the afternoon at a great museum
  • a fresh box of crayons Continue reading

The Light

“The wound is the place where the Light enters.”- Rumi

the wound is the place where the light enters

I’ve got wounds. I always will.  But I’ve come to realize I have so much more Light.  It’s shining in from places I would’ve never expected to find it.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.