"Blessing" is a word that sometimes loses its potency in today's vernacular; but across the fabric of languages, faiths, and cultures in long generations past, the power of a spoken or written blessing carried much weight. Whether for healing, protection, good will, or "lightening the spirit," the blessing shared here is in salute to the individual and collective toll and triumphs we've shared through a pandemic, social awakening, and the pursuit of shared progress.
We are all Artistic works in progress. Keep going. May you walk in beauty.
Enjoy a portion or all of this care package, however it best lightens your spirit ...
Care Package for You
"Even trained for years as they all had been in precision of language, what words could you use which would give another the experience of sunshine?” - Lois Lowry, The Giver
Spring 1, The Four Seasons | Recomposed by Max Richter, bright and insistently hopeful. Worth playing on repeat.
Comforting Simmer, all-natural aromatic for your home or collaborative spaces. In a pot or kettle of water, simmer two sliced lemons, a tablespoon of pure vanilla extract or a crushed vanilla bean pod, and sprigs of fresh rosemary.
Rough Sundays, a weekly Sunday wake-me-up with host and most excellent guest of the world, Aric S. Queen, focusing on old gospel, funk, soul, R&B and tolerable jazz sourced on location. It's vicarious traveling, easy-on-the-ears, and oh, so joyful.
Finding the Courage for What's Redemptive with Bryan Stevenson and fellow Oklahoman Krista Tippett. Bryan Stevenson is the author of Just Mercy and Krista Tippett is founder of The On Being Project and author of Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living.
Grape Dumplings, a traditional Cherokee and Choctaw dish of biscuits poached in grape juice, full of antioxidants and opulent with a dollop of cream on top.
A Map to the Next World, "fresh courage glimmers," and it is all the more luminescent to hear the poem read aloud by U.S. Poet Laureate of Muscogee Nation, Joy Harjo, herself.