Perhaps the World Ends Here -- Joy Harjo
The world begins at a kitchen table. No matter what, we must eat to live. The gifts of earth are brought and prepared, set on the table. So it has been since creation, and it will go on. We chase chickens or dogs away from it. Babies teethe at the corners. They scrape their knees under it. It is here that children are given instructions on what it means to be human. We make men at it, we make women.
Susan Olson recently linked to this poem and it's been echoing in my mind. Reminds me of Bruce Cockburn's song "Last Night of the World":
If this were the last night of the world What would I do? What would I do that was different Unless it was champagne with you?
I'm thankful that our family is in a season in which all five of us eat together at least six nights a week.
It will not always be thus.
The Most Astounding Fact -- Neil deGrasse Tyson
This has been making the rounds, but if you haven't seen it:
Bonus link: Listen to physicist James Gates's interview on On Being. I didn't understand a lot of it. But I liked it nonetheless.
How is this single-sex organization based on principles begun before the first World War able to remain vital in the twenty first century? How much of it would Juliette Gordon Low recognize? What are the secrets to the continued success of Girl Scouting?
One thing that was not mentioned in the article is that the uniform is updated regularly. I'm not kidding. That seems very superficial but it is a huge symbolic statement that the Girl Scouts are not stuck in the past.
Do As Franzen Does. Do What You Like -- Roxane Gay
Alas, there's been yet another installment of Famous Author Disparaging Social Media. I love this response:
Is anyone really using Twitter to craft complex rhetorical arguments? What does responsibility have to do with chattering online? It’s like Franzen is saying, “I cannot swim in my car and therefore my car is not useful.” He doesn’t understand what Twitter is for. Of course he dislikes it. He’s working from a place of profound ignorance. His stance is one of those things where you have to say, “There, there, Mr. Franzen, here is your Ovaltine.”
And lastly, in honor of St. Patrick's Day, my friend Stacey posted this recipe to Facebook earlier this week:
I'm still not eating dessert during Lent, but o frabjous day, every Sunday is a mini-Easter! And Oh Em Gee:
These cupcakes consist of a Guinness-chocolate cake base, which has a wonderful depth of flavor and is also supremely moist. The centers of the cupcakes are cut out and filled with a chocolate ganache that has been spiked with Irish whiskey. And to top it all off, the frosting is my favorite vanilla buttercream that has been doused with a serious amount of Baileys Irish Cream.
I'm eatin' that.
May you too have a delicious weekend.