A Quick Check-In

It’s been over two months since I’ve posted on my “biweekly” blog, and I think that’s okay. What a couple months it’s been. In no particular order, here are some bite-sized reflections from these recent weeks.

  • Even introverts have a limit to being at home.
  • Greek yogurt mixed with preserved lemon paste (blended preserved lemons, olive oil, and paprika) makes a magical spread.
  • Production value matters. It also doesn’t.
  • A pandemic is both an equalizer and a revealer of inequality.
  • We didn’t need to watch Tiger King. We did.
  • The cat sitting on your lap is a legitimate excuse for not doing anything else.
  • The length of one’s attention span can be inversely proportional to the time available for focusing.
  • “Be exceedingly kind to yourself,” says poet John O’Donohue. Can’t remember which contemporary sage (Parker Palmer, Carrie Newcomer, or Krista Tippett) brought this to my attention recently.
  • Speaking of Carrie Newcomer: “You can do this hard thing.” (See below.)
  • That people are dying and mourning without being held is heartbreaking.
  • The shloshim list is four times longer than it should be.
  • “Singing for” is not the same as “singing with.”
  • Gesticulations must be visible within the frame, or they are meaningless.
  • “Where will the streaming studio be?” is now a consideration while apartment hunting.
  • The years when Tazria-Metzora is less relevant are better.
  • You can never roast too much eggplant or cauliflower.
  • Using what we have instead of acquiring what we want is a worthwhile practice.
  • That we can finding meaning in suffering is good theology. That we must suffer to find meaning is bad theology.
  • Grape hyacinth. (See below.)
  • There’s no reason we can’t open emails wishing for one another’s well-being all the time.
  • “What are the goals?” is harder to ask when the moment is pressing, but it is no less worthwhile.
  • It’s okay to cancel things. Not everything can be mimicked online.
  • Having a Torah scroll resting in the closet affects my behavior at home.
  • Thinking about leaving my current community without being able to say goodbye and thank you in person makes me sad.
  • All plans are tentative, always.
  • These things are to be said sincerely, and often:
    • “We’re healthy and have a stocked pantry, thank God.”
    • “It’s good to see you.”
    • “I love you.”

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