make-believe: spring sowing.

March 29, 2023

This morning, the neighbor’s blooming magnolia tree was illuminated by the glow of their bathroom light. Seen through a tangle of still-bare branches, the pink and golden were a welcome reminder of all the spring warmth that’s still to come.

Here, a few other dreamy things to admire as we unfurl into spring:

Seeds for growing flowers to eat,

garden gloves for protecting hands,

and a hori hori for rooting around in windowbox dirt.

Plus an ideal canvas tool tote for stashing everything.

Pants cozy enough for cool mornings and breezy enough for warmer afternoons,

plus a blue bra and blue undies for cloudy days.

Gardenia hand creme for work-day sniffing

and an accompanying tube wringer for the most satisfying of mundane experiences.

A green tea pot for good cheer

and copious cups of Early Tea.

Plus, three perfect spring colors for lips, cheeks, and lids (minus any plastic waste). (The code TEALEAVES gives you 20% off!)

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In an effort to ground this make-believing in something much more down to earth, here’s something to do today:

Call your senators and representatives. Ask them:

1. To co-sponsor the Office of Gun Violence Prevention Act (H.R.1699 / S.951). This act would establish a permanent office in the DOJ designed to implement a national strategy to end gun violence.

2. To pass the Assault Weapons Ban (H.R. 698). Here’s a gift link to the Washington Post article showing how AR-15 assault weapons ravage the human body.*

*The article and imagery is very disturbing, as is living in a country with a constant threat of gun violence.

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  • Reply Allison March 29, 2023 at 6:11 pm

    Thank you the links–the lovely ones and the hard ones. Called my reps the morning and talked to my students.

  • Reply kimmag March 30, 2023 at 2:11 pm

    The WP article made me think of the Obamas recounting the Sandy Hook murders and looking at the images of the murdered children. Every lawmaker and lobbyists should take time with those images and understand the human suffering inflicted by guns. Guns cause terrible violence to the human body. I think movies and film really gloss over this. My heart breaks for all the victims and their families. I just could not imagine if my children suffered such horrific injuries. AR-15s are illegal in Canada. Why should they be legal anywhere else is just beyond me.

  • Reply Doe March 30, 2023 at 6:33 pm

    Just wrote to three reps!

  • Reply Judith March 31, 2023 at 12:19 pm

    Made the calls. I do have my representatives in Congress on speed dial. As others have pointed out, people in France have hit the streets en masse to protest a change in the retirement age. What the F(*& is wrong with us in the U.S. that we aren’t doing the same to save our school children. Where is the empathy of those in the Republican Party who refuse to do anything about this? Don’t they love their children and grandchildren?

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