After that, we walked by the community garden where we had a plot for ~7 years. It was nice to see the plot next to our old one overflowing with flowers (and a hummingbird!), a dense residential building on what used to be a surface parking lot, a new mural and the exterior wall we'd helped clean up & plant in our last year there absolutely thriving.
I've been so frustrated with so many things in Seattle lately, and hadn't realised how much I needed to see something thriving.
Some signs from today's safe streets rally, which capture my frustration with things here.
I wish we had had 10 times the turnout. As it stands, I don't think there were enough of us to scare the mayor more than the loud carheads who come out yelling whenever a single on street parking space is threatened by a safety project.
I finally finished processing my photos from Haïti in January: https://www.flickr.com/photos/eldan/albums/72157708994035821
We officially wrapped up the project 2 weeks ago, but I am definitely still processing feelings about it.
I photographed the Art before it was finished. Now it looks like this. I had https://youtu.be/23ENeIW5rVM in my headphones as I walked up to it; seemed to fit.
This #florespondence would be much improved by smell-o-vision. I wasn't even planning to stop, but the fragrance drew me in.
[Caption: a big purple rose. Aside: I was liking Tootdon until I couldn't find a way to caption images properly in it, which is disappointing]
A snippet of a big, lovely mural at 12th Ave Arts, by an artist who we bought a very small painting from ~7 years ago and seems to be finally getting her well-deserved time in the sun: https://southseattleemerald.com/2019/06/03/artist-angelina-villalobos-aka-179-infuses-her-art-with-art-culture-and-family/ https://onesevennine.myportfolio.com/projects
A quick handful of pictures from a stopover in NYC on my to 🇭🇹 for work in January: https://www.flickr.com/photos/eldan/albums/72157707586097565
Central District Seattle #florespondence
#florespondence from the University Community Centre
Today's #florespondence is a sage that I almost pruned to death a couple of years. It's nice to see it thriving again. I believe in you, sage, and I'm sorry I miscalculated so badly that one time!
And here are two slides from a fascinating talk about the UW Sefardic text archive, and the history of the Seattle Sefardi community https://jewishstudies.washington.edu/sephardic-studies/sephardic-studies-digital-library-museum/
#IPetThatCat. His name is Douglas Fur, he is very soft and his appetite for head rubs is limitless.
On the one hand, I've never felt as middle aged as when I walked into my friend's son's gig, immediately shoved earplugs in my ears, and then listened to them covering some of the same songs I learned bass by playing.
On the other, live music is fun and I wish I'd had as many chances to play in real venues as these kids.
A community that skews thoughtful and weird. Everyone who abides by the code of conduct is welcome, thoughtful weirdos most of all! :)