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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 210 :: total eclipse

21 Aug

Kind Reminders.

What a day! Historical. Amazing. Scientifically mind-boggling…. and on top of all that…. I made this! A box. A magic box. I watched the eclipse through this box.

We couldn’t track down the special glasses in time to replace the recalled ones that Justin found. But, it made me realize this: In such a high-tech world it’s easy to forget how things actually work. Which is why this box was the second attempt at an eclipse watching box that I made today. My first one was too small. But then I figured it out. (Thanks Google!)

Just. In. Time.

I watched the sun and the moon through the pinhole reflection in my box. But the COOLEST thing I saw today was the shadows being cast across everything.

Onto my desk:

From the trees…

Across the parking lot…

And the sides of the building…

So many moon shapes. Everywhere I looked.

It was literally eye-opening on a day when we were all told to keep our eyes shut – or at least protected. What a very, very, very cool thing to witness in the middle of the day. It was a BIG DEAL, of course, but also a good reminder to stay fascinated, and illuminated, and connected with the Earth we all call home.

How kind.

More tomorrow….


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Day 179: a box arrived at the door

28 Jun

Today is not my birthday.
And yet something arrived at the front door.  In a box.  And it was a surprise.

How fun!
It made me think a bit about boxes and surprises.

I once watched my little cousin, when she was a toddler, tear all the wrapping paper off her first Christmas gift and then scream in delight: “a box!” as soon as she hit cardboard.  She didn’t go any further thinking this box was the end goal, and it was thrill enough.  She immediately turned to the next shiny gift-wrapped box in her pile and began unwrapping another …box.

To her, just the thought of a gift was enough excitement to keep tearing through more wrapping paper and starting all over again.

I think surprises are fun.
And I had that same rush today as my little cousin did years ago when I arrived home and was greeted with a box addressed to me just sitting and waiting on the front step.

Gifts are precious.
Good surprises are fun.
But a surprise and a gift in the same box, well that is unexpected joy.

I’ll tell you what was in the box tomorrow.
And, I’m guessing you won’t be surprised.

Day 138: pop quiz!

18 May

Pop Quiz!

(Aren’t these fun?)

If you were to fill up one box with the items you need to have with you, around you, for you … what would you choose?

I have been thinking a lot about what I am grateful for in my life.

I owe some of this in part to attending my college reunion and reflecting on the last 15 years of my life.  At the same time we are packing up our Naples apartment and getting ready to head back to Martha’s Vineyard for the summer.

There is something quite magical about touching everything I own, splitting up what goes and what stays, placing it in boxes and knowing it won’t see the light of day for half a year.

It makes me wonder, just what do I really need?
And, what do I need with me?

There are the books I want to read but haven’t cracked open yet.  The clothes and shoes I want to wear, the keepsakes and jewelry and photos I want with me and not in some box in a storage unit for the summer months.

And then there are the precious items that fall into a category all their own.

Like the straw angel my mother gave me in college with a note that told me I would always have her with me.

I can’t just box that up!
But, in reality, do I really need to tote it around with me for the summer?

Today’s random pop quiz is this….

You get one box ~ one box only.
What goes in?
What stays out?

Before you answer, you may want to think about what feeds your head and your heart.

As for me, the angel’s in. 
It’s my little souvenir of faith that there is an angel up there watching over me.
And, sometimes, no matter where I am, that’s all I need to know.

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