30 Things I Love Right Now

by tjbeitelman

(1) Being resolved. As opposed to being resigned. | (2) Hearing/reading people say the word try as an exhortation/raison d’être. | (3) “Revelate” by the Frames. (Again.) | (4) Video editing. (Still.) | (5) The nice people at the Sidewalk Film Festival. | (6) Paul McLeod. | (7) Fresh garlic. As a pizza topping. | (8) Mississippi John Hurt. | (9) How slo-mo makes a blues song sound real spooky. Legba meets HAL from 2001. | (10) Not trying to be normal. (Which is different from trying not to be normal.) | (11) Orchids. | (12) Sunflowers. | (13) The watershed moment born of deciding to get rid of something that used to seem necessary. | (14) October. (Still and always.)  | (15) “Caravan” by Van Morrison. (Still.) | (16) Levon Helm’s This Wheel’s on Fire. (Still.) | (17) Namely this passage: “Think of endless cotton fields, gravel roads, groves of pecan trees, canebrakes, bayous, pump houses, kudzu vines, sharecroppers’ cabins, tenant farmhouses, flooded rice fields, the biggest sky in the world, and the nearby Mississippi, like an inland sea with its own weather system. Think 110 degress in the shade in the summertime. Cotton country. We were cotton farmers.” | (18) Hearing my friend Stuart, who, like Levon Helm, is an Arkansawyer, read said passage over video footage of a Mississippi Delta that remains largely unchanged from the one Levon Helm remembers in his book. | (19) Collaboration. (Still.) | (20) Taking coffee on the no-frills concrete-slab back porch. On a cool fall morning. Before work. Work that (still) doesn’t feel like work. | (21) Steve Kolbus. (Still.) | (22) The list of phone calls etc. I owe to far-flung friends is really long, which I don’t love, but I do love my far-flung friends. (Still and always.) | (23) The body heals. Still. Again. Eventually. | (24) Purple post-its. | (25) My friend Don’s Jean-Luc Godard look. | (26) Getting places. In my own sweet time. | (27) Not going anywhere. | (28) The Land at Rest. A black and white photo by Talbot Easton Selby. | (29) Sacred Space in a Secular World No. 3. A black and white photograph by David Wharton. | (30) The land at rest, sacred space, a secular world. Also that there’s more than one world.