Monday, July 30, 2012

small kingdoms breathing

1. Today I bought a new journal! I've been writing in my last one for three years. Three years! That's a long time. I started it on July 6th, 2009. Since then I've lived in four different places, had six different jobs, and traveled to thirteen different states. 


2. Take the time to read this article about Bikers Against Child Abuse. It's worth it. (Thanks, Emma!)

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4. Approximately a year and a half ago, I had a dream about buying burgundy jeans. Since then, I have been searching. I found some in a thrift store once, but they did not fit. I saw a friend wearing some and asked her where she got them, and she said Top Shop (I cannot afford Top Shop). Today, I was in Target to buy an air mattress, and what did I see, but burgundy jeans! The search is over, friends.

5. I made this Lemony Garlic Kale and Quinoa Salad for dinner last night and I cannot get enough. I keep going to the fridge and eating spoonfuls of it right out of the container. I changed it a little bit - In the dressing, I used a whole lemon, a finely diced clove of garlic, and about two teaspoons of cayenne pepper. So delicious! I have lots of leftovers, so tomorrow I'm thinking of adding some chick peas or shredded raw beets to change it up a little. 

6.
Sleeping in the Forest

I thought the earth remembered me,
she took me back so tenderly,
arranging her dark skirts, her pockets
full of lichens and seeds.
I slept as never before, a stone on the river bed,
nothing between me and the white fire of the stars
but my thoughts, and they floated light as moths
among the branches of the perfect trees.
All night I heard the small kingdoms
breathing around me, the insects,
and the birds who do their work in the darkness.
All night I rose and fell, as if in water,
grappling with a luminous doom. By morning
I had vanished at least a dozen times
into something better.

- Mary Oliver

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