30 Things I Love Right Now
(1) New York Historical Society. | (2) New York Foundling Hospital (NYFH) biennial reports. | (3) Ellis Island (which I hope wasn’t too battered by Sandy). | (4) Memories of a burger I ate at Veselka on Bowery. | (5) Historical photos from the NYFH. | (6) Pears. | (7) Hot tea. | (8) The sound of the rain. | (9) The 3,008 new words I have toward my new writing project. | (10) Revisiting a previous manuscript to send out to a contest, with fingers crossed. | (11) The Tenement Museum on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, where I took the Irish Outsiders Tour on the 22nd (which is sadly closed as I write this due the hurricane’s aftermath). | (12) The Irish Outsiders Tour. | (13) The bookstore within the Tenement Museum’s corner building. | (14) Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel. | (15) The little pumpkin on my desk. | (16) Shorter days. | (17) Yellow, orange, and red trees so bright against the gray skies. | (18) Memories of a dear friend who took her leave after 98 years on this planet. | (19) A copy of the postcard depicting John James Audubon’s Summer Tanager (with three birds), which I mailed to my dear friend too late for her to receive it. | (20) Little green notebook from my NYC trip. | (21) Call the Midwife on PBS. | (22) 826 Seattle style club. | (23) Hanging with the kids at 826 Seattle. | (24) The “Concise” Standard Dictionary of the English Language, copyright 1945 by Funk & Wagnalls Company. | (25) Looking up words in both my physical and electronic dictionaries. | (26) Words. | (27) Writing words toward one piece. | (28) Having a new writing project. | (29) Letterpress notepads from ilfant press. | (30) My blue Gelly Roll Fine pen.