"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.
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.
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.
Kine Stories by Lokelani Howe, dear friend and part of the indispensable team at Sun Literary. Her cultural origin stories are uplifting and from the heart.
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.
Rough Sundays, a weekly Sunday wake-me-up with host, global facilitator at Sun Literary, 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.
A Map to the Next World, "fresh courage glimmers," and it is all the more luminescent to hear the poem read aloud by former U.S. Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo.