Saturday, June 30, 2012

Facebook Inspiration

I spend too much time on facebook, but then sometimes when I'm feeling a little lost, I find some amazing inspiration that my friends have posted...which keeps me coming back.
#1 This quote stolen from my friend, sent to him by his friend: 
"My advice is to be careful, and by that I mean you should recklessly pursue the limitations of life without hesitation or restraint. If you are not careful, it will all pass you by, and time wins... We mustn't give time even the slightest victory over eternal moments." 
 #2 This video about education: 
#3 This amazing speech about medicine and what it should be:
To Isaiah

Click on them, you'll be glad you did.
"You are not confused; the world is. You need not forget your purpose, even if the world does. Leaders are not leaders who permit pragmatics to quench purpose. Your purpose is to heal, and what needs to be healed is more than Isaiah's bone marrow; it is our moral marrow—that of a nation founded on our common humanity. My brother, a retired schoolteacher, tells me that he always gets goose bumps when he reads this phrase: “We, the people . . . ” We—you, and me, and Isaiah—inclusive." 
-To Isaiah, Dr. Donald Berwick

Friday, June 29, 2012

Perfect Vermont Weekend

People always ask me why I love Vermont,
and there are so many reasons.
Its beauty, its people, its progressiveness.

But mostly it's just so easy to live beautifully and how I want to live here.

Exhibit A: The Weekend I Got Back from Georgia


I walked down the street to the convenience store and bought root beer.
My neighbor left a stack of free magazines in her yard, so I snagged a few.
I rode my bike on the bike path to the beach on Lake Champlain to meet my friends.
We lounged on the beach, swam, played with their puppy.
Then we rode our bikes to get maple flavored soft-serve ice cream (called Cremees!) by the waterfront.
Went and got a locally brewed beer at a restaurant out on the pier where my friend knew the bartender.
Got picked up in a truck and whisked off to the drive-in movie theater.


Drove out to Plainfield to my friend Annie's 
where they had grilled local pork chops and corn from the farmer down the road.
We drank beers
and played wiffle ball 
and inspected their garden and maple sugaring shack and old barn filled with treasures
and walked around the neighboring fields.

Heavenly living.
This is why I love Vermont.

Up this weekend?
Street wide Yard Sale
More Beach Time

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Summer Things


Photo: Pinterest

I think summer kind of passed me by last year,
so I'm kind of obsessed 
with doing as many summer things as possible
this year.
First off, drinking lots of lemonade.
Especially on 95 degree days...
with no air-conditioning.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Travel Tuesday

Why do I love traveling so much?
Because you can fit so many lives into so little time.

The other week...
Sunday: Bonnaroo in the middle of a field in Tennessee, listening to Kenny Rogers, Bon Iver, The Beach Boys, Phish, and Fun.

Monday: Blue plate lunch special with Mom at a cafe in Cumming, GA.

Tuesday:  Cocktails in Atlanta with these lovely high school friends.

Wednesday:  Bible Study at my friend's house with sweet Southern couples and their adorable babies in Knoxville, as I crashed with them on my trek up to Vermont.  

Thursday:  Minor league baseball game in New Jersey.

Friday:  Lunch in Bryant Park with my sister and her best friend followed by lounging around NYC.

Saturday:  Swimming in Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont.

Sunday:  Countryside BBQ and wiffle ball game at Annie's in Plainfield, Vermont. 

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” 
-Mae West