The Hughsletter #114

Good Morning!

This weekend I did two things I haven’t done in months – we had guests for dinner and I puttered in my yard. The combination of a crazy schedule that ate pretty much all my weekends since August, as well as the depression that threatened to overwhelm me over the summer had meant it had been months since my hands had been in the dirt or cooked food for friends.

The guests were relatively new friends who share many of our interests, and who were completely comfortable doing one of my favorite friend-building activities – a long conversation on the couch in the living room over a glass of wine after dinner.

I love to garden – the act of creating in four dimensions (the normal three, plus time – is life giving to me. But the months of neglect had taken their toll, and the flower beds were weedy and the Bermuda grass had made serious inroads, but after six hours or so of attention, it looks much more like it should, and I feel tremendous. (I also feel tremendously sore, but nothing is free.)

Is there a better way to spend a weekend than with friends and your plants?

Here are five things I thought were beautiful

I have always thought paradise would not be tropical beaches, but endless rows of books. So this collection of the “most beautiful libraries in the world” is my jam.

Storm chasers in Montana captured these photos of a thunderstorm supercell.

People with synesthesia can “see” sounds. This artist can then paint what she hears. I love this so much.

I wish I could sketch – I picture myself with a sketchbook, capturing scenes from everyday life. But even if I could, it probably wouldn’t look anything like this.

Elsa Bleda does a great job capturing the light in nighttime suburban photos. I love the atmosphere of these.

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Well, that is it for this week. I hope you have a great week, and that your life is filled with beautiful things. If you see something special, I hope you will let me know about it, and if one of my five I shared today struck you in a special way, I hope you will let me know about that, too.

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Take care of yourself, and each other.

Hugh Hollowell
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