It was a toxic afternoon: a lunch date gone terribly wrong, a miscommunication with a friend, a big tech glitch, all this after a hectic end of spring, beginning of summer, heat waves coming and going, bad news, end of world atmosphere…
Didn’t even have the heart to photograph street scenes, no eye-popping beauty jumped out and grabbed me. Came across this recent pic on my phone and got an immediate physical lift. Never even tasted these works of art, merely immortalized their colors and shapes as I passed the shop window. Now fantasizing about shrinking like my namesake and strolling around inside this display like an edible city, breathing in the flavors, taking an occasional mind-boggling bite.
Haven’t solved any of the world’s problems yet, but approach the subject with a fresh attitude.
Can something so ephemeral save us?
“Hope is always accompanied by the imagination, the will to see what our physical environment seems to deem impossible. Only the creative mind can make use of hope. Only a creative people can wield it.” Poet Jericho Brown, interviewed in the Kenyon Review:
And for another way to feel good, plant some trees, please:
Rainforest Action Network to protect an acre of the Amazonian rainforest.
Rainforest Trust to help buy land in the rainforest. Since 1988, the organization has saved over 23 million acres.
Reduce your paper and wood consumption. Double-check with Rainforest Alliance that what you’re buying is considered rainforest-safe. You can also purchase rainforest-safe products from the alliance’s site.
Tree planting in France:
I may not have solved any of the world’s major problems yet, but approach the subject with a fresh attitude.