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Newspaper at the island in my (still newishly) refurbished kitchen, Chocolate Banana Mug Cake (under 400 calories) made in my Jane Austen mug.

Morning, everyone!

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Delia is thinking in terms of colleges now. She knows that she wants to apply to schools where she can study an arts emphasis, and that means starting to build an artist's portfolio. I had a scathingly brilliant idea: I told her I would commission an art piece for her to display in my office cubicle. I wanted something that would display her skills as an artist and something that would make me happy when I look at it.

So I decided to commission a picture of The Holy Tree, the concept that has been so important to me from Yeat's poem The Two Trees. She started talking about initial concept with me last night, and had a cool idea for three little mini pen and ink drawings to the side and then the main piece would be larger. I'm excited to see what she comes up with. I will pay her when it is completed, so it is a real artist commision. And she'll have something to add to her portfolio!

This is one of the ideas I suggested as an influence: Tolkien's conception of the Two Trees of Creation:


Telperion and Laurelin, the Trees of Valinor
Telperion and Laurelin, the Trees of Valinor



My holy tree will have both flowers and fruit, and I told her I particularly like the trumpet-shaped flowers on the golden tree here.
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Delia and I have been talking about the kind of lives we want to live (balanced, enough sleep, enough exercise, good mood management, engaged with others, ethical, etc.) We've both started reading Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project and we're talking about each starting our own Happiness Projects. We started talking about one thing we could do, creating a music playlist. I've done a Hope playlist before, but this is a little different. What would be a good playlist for the concept of living a well-lived life? A life full of love and decreasing world suck and art and carpe diem and so forth? Some of these may be advice songs.

To give you an idea, here's the song that started us out, which I discovered the week of my surprise 50th birthday spa getaway: How You Live (Turn up the Music) by Point of Grace:

Point Of Grace - How You Live (Turn Up The Music) from lovecoversall1 on GodTube.com.



Lyrics )

The list so far:

Turn Up the Music - Gracepoint
Waiting Outside the Lines - Greyson Chance
Bitch - Meredith Brooks
Lovely Agnes - Sally Rogers
Myrta and Emory - Deb Smith
Hold On - Wilson Phillips
Elegy (Crystal Glass) - Zoe Munford
Affirmation - Savage Garden
Unwritten - Natasha Bedingfield
Firework - Katy Perry
John's Garden - Peter Mayer
True Colors - Cindy Lauper
Breathe - Ryan Star
Superman's Song - Crash Test Dummies
Don't Be Shy - Cat Stevens
We Are - Sweet Honey in the Rock
Twist and Shout - The Beatles
99 1/2 Won't Do - Sabathani Choir
Jama Day - Peter Mayer
Birches - Bill Morrissey
This is the New Year - Ian Axel


What are your suggestions?

Here's the soul collage card that goes with this playlist: Resilience )

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