In 2016, I released a 7-song EP Beauty Everywhere. The title song sprung out of a practice I'd made one year, making lists of beautiful things to raise my spirits during less hopeful moments. As I've sang the song regularly over the years, the literal practice of listing beautiful things has become internalized. Beauty is everywhere if I look and I'm ever more grateful that I notice it. Today's mental beauty list kept growing and I felt duty bound to share my findings. Especially now, when it's easy to get distracted from all that's good about being alive.
- Live performance of Blue Moon by Jacqui Naylor and Art Khu Watch on IGTV
- Essay These Precious Days by Ann Patchett in Harper's Magazine
- Winter 2021 Almanac: An Illustrated Guide to Northern California Nature by Jane Kim in Bay Nature
- Sunlight streaming through the window and the red of the house finches at the feeder
Finally, I've been making chalk art on my sidewalk since early in the pandemic inspired by the rangoli I saw on my visits to India. Here's a few slivers of my recent efforts:
What beauty have you found today?