It was a very busy weekend and today I'm trying not to feel too overwhelmed about the week ahead. As I shared in my newsletter today, I'm still processing (as probably we all are) the events that occurred around the world in the past week. Today I'm thinking of two of the kindest celebrities that I "know." The first is Fred Rogers who shared his mom's advice to him:
"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." To this day, especially in times of "disaster," I remember my mother's words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world."
And I also think of Ellen Degeneres who was/is often criticized and has always responded with kindness. Here's a few quotes from her that come to mind right now:
"I'm not an activist; I don't look for controversy. I'm not a political person, but I'm a person with compassion. I care passionately about equal rights. I care about human rights. I care about animal rights."
"Here are the values that I stand for: honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated and helping those in need. To me, those are traditional values."
I'm mostly keeping up with NaPhoPoMo. Almost all of last week's photos were of my Bear so I tried to mix it up more this week. I'm trying to read as much as I can lately to get in my fifty books this year. This was from Monday as I finished up The Winter Garden. The last 75 pages or so of the book are very emotionally difficult to read.
The sunset in the studio on Tuesday was amazing! I'm still not happy that it happens an hour earlier but it is a nice view.
Wednesday evening we took the dogs for a quick walk around the neighborhood. As we stopped (to scoop poop) I noticed the way the streetlight lit up this tree. I love the contrast of the blue and orange. This is one of the few night shots that I've been happy with lately.
Thursday I started to pack up my work for the Hip Handmade Market and all the ones that were staying home got moved over to the mantle. The sun seemed to put a spotlight right on Spartacus.
Friday and Saturday I was so busy with the Hip Handmade Market I didn't even think of photos. So these are two that I liked from earlier in the week.
And Sunday we all needed rest.