1. Visiting with my beloved cousin (who lives in Indonesia) for the first time in over two years. Random: The last day I saw her, I woke up early to watch the royal wedding; submitted a grad school paper on Frances Burney. This feels like a good barometer of what two years means.
2. Looking at the prairie sunflowers on Sandy Hook, New Jersey’s beaches. I can’t find out how they got there originally. Wind? A seed scatterer from some past beach trip? I tried to read about their history, but couldn’t find it. Regardless, they grow there along the sand dunes with the ferns and sedges and grass.