Dept. of Mid-summer Delights and Revelations

***Reading and loving Kathi Appelt’s new book, “The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Scouts”. Here’s one of my favorite quotes so far, “They say that lightning never strikes in the same place twice, but the same is not true for courage. As it turns out, when courage strikes, it almost always begets more courage.” The same’s true of kindness or generosity or, of course, hard-heartedness.   

***Touring our daughter and her boyfriend (who’s never been to Cleveland) around town. It’s a little like writing–seeing something through fresh eyes makes you realize and question your own assumptions. Patrick in turn introduced us to a wonderful bookstore he knew through on-line connections, and I only wish it had a website so I could link to it. Suffice it to say if you’re ever in Cleveland, bee-line it to Guide to Kulchur on the west side.

 Here we are in Wendy Park, an urban oasis at the foot of the Cuyahoga River, putting on our Cleveland–you’ve got to be tough faces.

***Another daughter and her artist/architect friends just completed a Kickstarter campaign to do an installation in Lisbon, Portugal this fall. Kickstarter is so cool! It was thrilling to watch them inch and leap toward their goal as people contributed anywhere from $1 to over $500. I’ll be backing other campaigns in the future for sure–see delight # 1 above.  

***And since this seems to have turned into a Daughter Post, I’ll just brag a tiny bit more and say that next week we get to attend the “white coat” ceremony of our third girl, who’s halfway to becoming a physican assistant.

***Hoping your summer is yielding its own pleasures!

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