The Hughsletter #83 – Baby sloths, cold tangerines and an amazing weekend

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Good morning!

Beauty is where you find it.

I had a good weekend. I spent Saturday morning at the Moral March here in Raleigh, surrounded by likeminded people who also are upset by our current political climate. I spent time with my best friend, who lives too far away, and have already planned the next time I will see him. I puttered in my yard, planting elderberry bushes that both the bees and the birds love. I went to church to be with my tribe. I saw the amazingly beautiful movie Lion with my wife. I got plenty of sleep, and dated my wife at a restaurant we love.

None of that was big, or expensive, or even heavily planned out. It just involved knowing what I need to do to take care of me, and then doing it. So many of us go out of our way to take care of others, or even our family, yet don’t take care of ourselves.

Treat yourself like family. You deserve it.

Here are five things I thought were beautiful:

  1. The Met has placed over 375,000 high resolution scans of its artwork collection in the public domain. Like this (maybe NSFW) Gauguin.
  2. The Internet is weird. You start looking for one thing, and an hour later you are looking at handmade Venetian carnival masks (made famous by Casanova or in Eyes Wide Shut, depending on your tastes).
  3. I love a photo contest, and this one, consisting of aerial and drone photography, is amazing.
  4. I have a bunch of saved image searches in my bookmarks, for when I need to see something beautiful. I mean, you can’t look at pictures of baby sloths and not smile. You just can’t. One of my more obscure jams is this collection of industrial control panels. (Only God can judge me.)
  5. One of the best known pieces of baroque music is Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. In this delightful animated TED-Ed video, we learn it was originally annotated, and why it resonates.


I came across this quote this week, and have been pondering it deeply. It’s from Shauna Niequest in Cold Tangerines:

“I choose to believe that there is nothing more sacred or profound than this day. I choose to believe that there may be a thousand big moments embedded in this day, waiting to be discovered like tiny shards of gold. The big moments are the daily, tiny moments of courage and forgiveness and hope that we grab on to and extend to one another. That’s the drama of life, swirling all around us, and generally I don’t even see it, because I’m too busy waiting to become whatever it is I think I am about to become. The big moments are every hour, every conversation, every meal, every meeting.”

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Take care of yourselves, and each other.

Hugh Hollowell
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