My latest quilt--I made it for one of Jack's teachers,
who's about to have a baby
I guess it's me who's the stranger. But let's get past that and onto other things.
I'm reading the best book right now. It's called The Wander Society by Keri Smith. Do you know her? She does all these fun, funky books like Wreck this Journal and How to Be an Explorer in the World, perfect gifts for your creative, artsy niece--or for yourself if you like to take walks and notice interesting things, draw and take notes.
The Wander Society is a bit different, but still delightful. Its conceit is that one day while she was out walking, Smith stumbled upon an old copy of Leaves of Grass. Inside she found notes about a mysterious organization called The Wander Society. Its patron saint was Walt Whitman of course, and its motto was Solivitur ambulando, or It is Solved by Walking.
Now between you and me, I believe Smith made the Wander Society up out of whole cloth, but that's part of the fun. For instance, in the list of famous walkers, she includes a woman named Alice P. Hobbs, a supposed activist and artist who disappeared in 2014, who is rumored to be one of the founders of the Wander Society. If you google Alice P. Hobbs, you will find a website with very little information as well as many references to Keri Smith's book. I suspect Alice P. Hobbs is also a figment of Smith's imagination.
I love that Smith is using the both her book and the internet to create this interesting fiction, and I love that she has created a society that encourages people to go out and wander. I walk a lot, but would like to wander more.
My List of Things I would Like to Do This Summer
1. Wander more.
2. Study the crows in my neighborhood.
3. Spend more time with art.
4. Get rid of stuff!
5. Write on my blog!!!
6. Write letters.
7. Write in my journal.
8. Close my eyes and wish really hard that all the junk in the attic and garage would go away.
9. Cook more interesting things.
Today is Will's last day of school. In fact, he's out of school now and should be at the swimming pool with his friend Ashaank. It was raining this morning, but is now sunny and bright. Maybe that means he got an A on his Spanish exam. Signs and wonders, etc.
Jack's last exam is tomorrow. I suppose I should tell you that he got his driver's license. We are learning to live with this development.
Do you make summer resolutions? Do you ever keep them?