These times make me inarticulate… so here’s a beautiful carousel.

These times make me inarticulate.

I’ve felt for a while that I want to blog more. I miss my blog! But regularly blogging about the current political / social / international / environmental / [insert crisis here] situation is a fast route to a mental health meltdown for me, in addition to which, I don’t see that I have anything useful to add. I’m working with these topics in my writing and in my daily life. This blog has always been my respite.

Yet I’m also somewhat uncomfortable with saying anything online that isn’t an acknowledgment of the state of our world today. It’s a dilemma.

I’ve decided to give myself permission to return to blogging and blog about relatively inconsequential things. Little things are important too, you know? Which is why today I’m going to share pictures from a recent day off :o).

I knew on Wednesday, when my book-in-progress seemed not just currently awful but certain to be permanently awful (in addition to never being completed, which would lead to my personal, social, professional, and financial ruin), that (1) I was not having logical thoughts and (2) I needed a day off. So yesterday, I went into Boston and saw RBG, the documentary on Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which incidentally, I highly recommend — it made me feel hopeful and full of energy! — and then I went walking along the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Do you know about the Greenway carousel? It’s one of the odder carousels you’re likely to encounter, because every animal represented is an animal native to Massachusetts.

Here are some of my favorites.

Peregrine falcon!

Humpback whale.

Squirrel, bunny, some kind of butterfly.

Sea turtle and barn owl!

Most carousels do not have a grasshopper option :o). See the lobster behind it?

Skunk! Barn owl! And sorry I don’t know my butterflies.

 Finally, here’s the RBG trailer to close :o). Go see it if you can! It will fill you with admiration and hope.