The New and/or Different
Some nice things
Yesterday’s astronomy picture of the day was stunning. (I’ve seen the northern lights once in person, in a parking lot in Rochester, NY.)
A self-described “person off the street” helped facilitate a new discovery about the timeline of written communication in human history.
I’ve been very, very slowly learning guitar, and for the first time I’m trying to sing while playing. It feels like playing two different instruments at the same time, or like an advanced and sonically risky variation on simultaneously patting your head and rubbing your stomach. (Luckily, my fellow residents are supportive of the attempts.) And, research suggests that learning an instrument is good for long term cognitive maintenance. If you can’t access an instrument, you can play around with music online with the web-based Chrome Music Lab.
With zoom so commonplace, it’s become easy to find online classes . This fall I joined an online colloquy on nature essays through a local library, and I’ve taken writing classes online through places like The Workroom and Barrelhouse. Even Audubon has online classes.
In July, I got kind of obsessed with making this very simple, quick, and easily adaptable vegetable tofu curry recipe. It’s a great recipe for playing with variations and making adjustments to better suit tastes and what’s available nearby. If that sounds like too much to take on, an even easier recipe that I love and which uses only a few kitchen staple ingredients is the Microwave Steamed Eggs recipe from Eric Kim. I loved it with chicken broth mixed from some better than boullion, soy sauce, and loops of green onion clipped from a bunch growing in a glass in my window.
When I came down sick with a cold at the end of November, I downloaded Neko Atsume to help me stay occupied for a few days. But, I’m still playing. It’s just really cute. (And I’m only missing a picture for one cat now.)
And lastly, a poem by the late Charles Simic.
Thanks for reading. I hope you get some relief this week.
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