1. I cried one day last week. There was nothing existential about this great weep. I was in mourning.
2. Drove to Brigham City on Sunday afternoon to see the temple, but what really took our breath was the tabernacle across the street. Splendid building.
3. Drove further north and saw lots of colored leaves. Tom and I: "Beautiful, beautiful."
4. Swam and thought about the etiquette of using the pool. More about this later.
5. Started watching the Danish series of Wallender on Netflix and noticed that people actually looked their ages. No one was lifted or botoxed. This does not happen in America anymore. People look like porcelain versions of themselves. We don't believe in pores or wrinkles. There is a great loss here.
6. Given half a chance, I'd move back to Utrecht, the Netherlands and reverse the whole movement of my life. I want to be cremated and have my ashes thrown in the canal behind Opa's house.
7. Finished reading THE IMMORTALITY OF HENRIETTA LACKS, a book I recommend to all. (non-fiction).
8. One of my students told me today I had come into her life just when she needed me. Yes. Paying it forward for the people that were there for me just at the right time. This always seems miraculous.
9. Our friends, the Bracys, framed the portrait Tom did of Bill, and it hangs in their front hall. It's gorgeous. Tom, the artist. Kiss that man.
10. Say a prayer for Rian--that her dream will come true. You don't even need to know what it is.
11. I'm trying to memorize the 23rd Psalm yet again. It takes these strange little twists. "Surely, goodness and mercy" have "followed me all the days of my life."
12. Card night last night. Who gets to have four funny and phobic sisters? Me.