This week was rough. And it's only getting rougher. So I made a list of a few of my favorite things*:

- locally roasted, artisan espresso

- NPR

- national parks

- state parks

- county parks

- town parks

- Okay, pretty much any park

- Civil rights

- Feminism

- PBS

the National Endowment for the Arts

- literature

- literature majors

- clean energy

- solar panels

- tiny houses

- photography

- hiking

- climbing

- backpacking

- running

- soccer

- biking

- yoga

- my dog Ryder

- clean air

- whole foods

- opportunity for everyone

- common courtesy

- sweet tea

- wide open spaces

- abandoned places

- planners and journals

- the Appalachian Trail

- public schools

- familiar faces

- traveling to faraway places

- family and friends

- family friends

- poetry

- motion

- poetry in motion

- fine art

- messy art

- eloquent language

- emotions for which there is no language

- backyard gardens

- careful listening

- hills alive with the sound of music

- clarinet

- piano

- kids in ensembles

- bright lights of the stage

- that feeling you get when your stomach jumps to your throat when you fall or jump off a bouldering problem

- LOVE

*this is not a complete list

Don't let these things disappear.

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