In addition to the long post I wrote yesterday about the bus stop coming to my campus, this week had other spots of joy. Let me make a list:
--We had a Memorial Day week-end that wasn't as hectic as we had thought it might be. While I was sad not to see a college friend in town for a conference, I was happy to have extra time for projects.
--I was able to get a chapbook pulled together for a contest with a May 31 deadline. During a time when we had no access to our e-mail, I read the manuscript out loud, but softly. I was pleased with the poems. It's good to remember that I write poems that bring me joy.
--I have a stack of cookbooks that need to find a new home. This week, I was able to give one of them to a colleague who had once worked at a school that had a strong culinary division. She loved How to Eat Supper. It's a beautiful book, but I don't really need the recipes that it gives. I was glad to see it go to a new home. My colleague was THRILLED--as if I gave her a winning lottery ticket. Her reaction made me glad too.
--On Friday nights, my spouse is teaching a class in the Summer 2 session. On this past Friday, one of my good friends came over for a simple supper of salmon and veggies--yum.
--All week-end, I've been following the elections for the Bishop of the Southeastern Synod of the ELCA. I know two of the candidates--amazing. For more on the election, see this post that I wrote for my theology blog.
--I've been reading great books. Circe by Madeline Miller is astonishing. It made me want to grow herbs and cast spells.
--I have 3 herb plants in the kitchen windowsill that are thriving. The sight of them brings me joy.
And now it's off to church to cast spells of a different sort and thanks of joy.