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A very good funeral
I went to a very beautiful funeral last week. It was the kind of funeral that was a celebration of a life well lived, someone beloved and older. I didn’t even really know the man whose funeral I was attending, but I knew a portion of his legacy very well. He was the father of some dear friends, our old pastor and his sister my walking buddy. Both of them are skilled story and truth tellers, so to hear them talk about their dad was such a gift. Our one friend talked about how his dad was never a great student but was always enrolled in some continuing education class his entire life because he loved to learn. How he ended up with a doctorate, but was often mistaken for being homeless because he fell asleep odd places and usually had newspapers surrounding him. His sister talked about how he used to pick up her kids from school and the kids would give him a hard time for talking to everyone. They chided him, “we don’t do that in the city!”. They also told stories of love and support and kindness, but the quirks of personhood are the parts I wanted to share. It was an honest account of a deeply loved imperfect beautiful human. It was the best kind of funeral. I know they are mourning, and I also know that they are comforted by the memories and legacy of their dad. It really was a beautiful funeral.
Searching for Joy
I’m limiting my news consumption to just one hour. I watch the Newshour on PBS on YouTube. I consume it there because it is well researched and they talk to each side civilly which gives me the picture I need of the situation. Is it perfect? Nope. Would I rather get my information from experts in conversation than the internet? Yep. Like this conversation with experts on both sides about whether Israel is following the international rules for armed conflict. The world is heavy folks. Please take care of yourselves.
I listened to an interesting podcast about pitching articles to large media companies and immediately thought of a handful of folks that I wish would publish stories. Maybe that’s you? Media companies need content! Listen here.
Elliott and I stumbled upon a library book sale in Cinnaminson NJ over the weekend and brought home so many treasures. I got a lot of large nature reference books to use for drawing for a steal of a deal. Elliott filled his bag with Goosebumps, Amulet, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. Highly recommend searching one out in your area.
I’m going to make Samin’s roast chicken this week.
This might be a weird rec but I’m a lady who loves a good money saving hack. We’ve been using mint mobile for 2 years now for our phone plan and it’s really great. I pay $20 a month for 15gb and unlimited talk and text. We buy our phones used on swappa and just switch the SIM cards. Not an ad, we just use it and like it and it saves us money.
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