It’s been a few months of sad news personally and in the news. My family lost a dear friend’s adult son and a 17-year-old cousin, who both valiantly fought rare forms of cancer. A number of childhood friends lost parents. The public lost a favorite actor to suicide and a beloved, acerbic comedienne. The world lost two courageous journalists to heartless terrorists. And here we are now, one day after September 11th. Let us call this my weekly homage to gratitude.
This is a new column for the blog that I’ve wanted to start for a few weeks. Unfortunately, I wasn’t reading much good news; That stops today! Each week I will share five pieces of good news with you and I think this week of all weeks is the best time to start.
1. The Supermoon!
I have been loving the last three months of the Supermoon. I was lucky enough to capture a great shot in July from Red Hook, Brooklyn and I’ve seen a number of gorgeous shots the last few nights from my friends in Ireland. I especially love that I get to see her before she rises where I am!
2. Joan Rivers.
The world needs more Joan! While it was shocking and saddening that we lost such a strong and vibrant woman, it was so hugely heartening to read so many wonderful and positive stories about her and her generosity. I have never simultaneously laughed and teared up so much. And that funeral?! We should all have both the Gay Men’s Chorus and the Pipes and Drums of the Emerald Society perform at ours. Here’s to you lady, I hope you’re giving them hell wherever you are!
3. Tolstoy Google Doodle.
Oh how I love a fancy Google Doodle. I also love that Tolstoy made a women one of his main characters in Anna Karenina. The artwork in this particular doodle is stunning. From the moody colors to the modern, appealing shapes, I just love it. Make sure to click on the interactive link to see it come to life!
4. Being fortunate.
I read a post that author Elizabeth Gilbert wrote yesterday about living in “a big shiny liberal Northeastern United States bubble.” To paraphrase, she met a woman who doesn’t and therefore cannot be her true self in her church or her community. And it reminded me how fortunate I am to live in this city amongst some of the strongest minds and souls. I have the right to be gay or straight. Old or young. Worship or not. Some people may not agree with it but I can be who I am and have a circle of friends who respect that.
5. New York City.
She gets top billing. It’s 13 years ago that our fair city took a shot heard around the world. It’s still difficult to think about the events of that day and the days and weeks and months afterward for it affected us all. Some lost friends and family. Some lost jobs and money. Some lost their ability to trust. And some gained an ability to hate. It got us all.
This city can really push your limits. And on those pristine blue-skied days it makes you want to skip. Other days it sends you to the liquor store with a straw. (Only a few, I swear.) But every day it makes me proud to be a member of this wild, crazy, supremely amazing community of misfits. In honor of our city this week, I leave you with a podcast dedicated to the ballad hosted by my Mr. I think you’re going to fall in love too.
And here’s a bonus: I am heading to Ireland tomorrow for three weeks! My next five good things may be all about that tiny island so stay tuned!
Have a great weekend everyone.