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What I Kept | July 2022

During the month of July, these are the things I kept on my phone.

The view of the Chicago skyline from the Northwestern University campus

From Mark Nepo’s The Book of Awakening

Courtesy unknown

Courtesy of The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

My second bed

From Why Won’t You Apologize by Harriet Lerner



#stitch with @carnivoremd2 going to be honest and brave

♬ original sound – Stu

Outside a nearby restaurant

Every week, Anna suggests dinners for her and I to create together. I’ve enjoyed having her back home.

Just look at her getting all of that well-deserved attention.

I’m drawn to her energy

I was also drawn to this energy

This summer, I’m also drawn to 80’s cover songs.

Making funnel cakes with grandma

Thank you for saying it


32 thoughts on “What I Kept | July 2022”

  1. Thank you for sharing these moments in time and the quotes. I recently came across this shareable quote from Einstein: “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”

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  2. Isn’t it disappointing when someone doesn’t get a cultural reference like, ‘Save Ferris’? I had to quit saying, “Whatchootalkinbout, Willis?” because all I got were blank stares. Like, what sort of sad childhood did these people have? LOL! And I never thought about the Breakfast Club downgrade, but so true!

    Zero Population Days? Apparently I missed that in the ‘70’s. I was busy watching sitcoms!

    Very enjoyable post!

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    1. I’ll be sad if the next generation (Gen Alpha, I suppose) doesn’t understand these cultural references. But, because Generation Z loves 80s culture, I feel they will instill it in them.

      I had no knowledge about population zero days! Of course, in 1970, I was a baby…

      Thank you! ❤️


  3. I love the little memory sticks in the plants. How clever. The hammock does look comfortable.

    80s music – is there anything better?

    Also finding it sad when people don’t get a reference. I just made one the other day (now I can’t remember what it was, of course) and my kids stared at my blankly. By the time I explained the reference, they were like NOT WORTH IT. Ugh. I guess you had to be there.

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    1. I bought those sticks on Etsy last winter with the intention of putting them in the garden, but they were too small (and too cute) so I kept them inside.

      I love 80s music, and I’m glad that the next generation does as well. ❤️


  4. I love that excerpt from Why Won’t You Apologize. When you mentioned the book in your previous blog post, I looked it up and thought it’d be a book I’d like to read, so I ordered it from Abe Books. Just got it the other day. Added it to my to-read pile. (Which is growing by the day – I can’t keep up lately!)

    That mural from Black Cat Yoga is awesome.

    Anna giving you dinner suggestions for you two to make together is wonderful. I love that!

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    1. I hope you enjoy it! I’ve put several of her other books to my TBR list.

      By the way, just next door to that mural is an amazing crystal/ethereal shop. Check it out at some time.

      She definitely inspires me. Meal planning has increasingly been a struggle for me. ❤️

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      1. I go through phases with meal planning. Sometimes I really enjoy cooking and other times I can’t think of a darn thing (even though I have a gazillion cookbooks and thousands of recipes pinned)…I’m just not inspired.

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    I love these posts! It is so much fun to see what strikes you. That quote about the body…ahhhhh…how lovely. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Your zinnias are lovely! One of my community garden neighbors is growing them and it’s made me want to add them to my plan for next year.

    Thanks for sharing your saves with us this month!

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  7. I like everything here, of course. Because you saved it and have the good sense to remember that you saved it, which is often my downfall when saving things on my phone, things I find months later. I especially like the “Thank you for saying it” photo of Ally Sheedy in The Breakfast Club. I never liked that makeover.

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    1. These posts have been helpful to me in remembering them as well. These posts were inspired by the death of a childhood friend, and as such, they are also a way of remembering her as well.

      I was never a fan of that makeover either. 😒

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