Two-Bit Musings.

Shh.

Just Another Day in Paradise, Yo.

. . .

Hi. How are you, Dear Reader? How do you feel today: body, mind, and soul?

Pause. Think. Answer honestly.

Me? I’m doing just fine, thanks.

I’m currently sitting on our RV love seat, clicking past the miles somewhere between Ohio and Indiana. Sweet Baby Snap is sleeping; Toddler Snap is hopefully about to do the same up in his car seat.

I’m sipping iced coffee, laughingly shrugging at the insane diesel prices, and singing songs from Father John Misty’s latest album in my head.

I feel good.

. . .

I just turned 35.

Seems kinda weird, like that’s much too old and much too young, all at the same time. Sometimes I feel like I’ve lived a thousand lives; I also feel like I’ve just been born.

And when I close my eyes and quiet my mind, I think about this life. I think about how much I value the simple idea of respect.

I want to show respect in everything I do.

Toward other human beings, animals, and Mother Earth herself.

I want to respect other people’s time. I want to respect their turn to speak.

I want to respect the public goods we all need, like clean water and food. Health. Education. The arts and humanities.

I want it to be known that I respect you because not everything is about me.

. . .

(shrugs)

That’s it for now.

. . .

SnapDragon is a writer and artist currently residing on Planet Earth.

Two-Bit Musings.

Always.

In our house there will always be:

-pots and pans drying by the sink

-half-read New Yorker magazines

-a fridge full of craft beer

-cat hair ingrained in every fabric

-an abundance of Burt’s Bees products

-more books than we could ever read

-high-quality audio equipment

-a heap of laundry in our bedroom

-coffee mugs collected from adventures past

-clutter on the dining room table

-singing and playing of guitar

-acceptance

. . .

What’s on your list, Dear Reader?

. . .

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Two-Bit Musings.

The Itch.

One day soonish. . .

. . .

We love to travel.

We love the open road; the stops at Dunkin’; the lengthy conversations; the little shoppes along the way that somehow make us feel more alive.

When all of this horror is safely in the rear view mirror, we’ll be heading out, yo.

New towns. New cities. New countries, when the young tike is plane-worthy.

The day will come.

And until then, we’ll rest indoors. Play with textured blocks and savor the world of Seuss.

Snuggle with fur-babies and relish in homemade iced coffee concoctions.

Yes.

Adventure at Home.

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Two-Bit Musings.

Little Breaths.

Today is a Special Day for our family.

A Day of Strength.

A Day of Remembering.

A Day of Knowing.

‘Cuz we can rock anything that comes our way, yo.

. . .

SnapDragon reflects on her routine 29-week prenatal appointment that occurred one year ago today; an appointment that resulted in her son’s arrival 48 hours later. She remembers, but cannot put it into words. (And as if on cue, Baby Snap softly coos, looking cuter than ever.)

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Two-Bit Musings.

No Matter How Smallish.

Front Seat Luxury, 2020.
Original Photo by SnapDragon X.
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Ahh. I had a nice little Saturday morning in my all-time favorite city. Humdrum doctor’s appointment or not, it felt good to be back among the beauty, buildings, and bustle, despite being socially-distant.

Philly, yo.

I drove down Washington Avenue like a local, in the left lane. I didn’t return to the right lane until well after The Italian Market, of course. And for the newbies who got stuck behind double-parked produce trucks, I waved them in with a nod.

Gah head.

And I smiled to myself, because in the oddest of ways, and only for a moment, I was home.

. . .

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Two-Bit Musings.

𝙲𝚕𝚘𝚜𝚎 𝚈𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝙴𝚢𝚎𝚜.

𝙼𝚊𝚢 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚖𝚒𝚗𝚍 𝚝𝚊𝚔𝚎 𝚊 𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚝. 𝙻𝚎𝚝 𝚒𝚝 𝚜𝚕𝚘𝚠 𝚒𝚗𝚝𝚘 𝚊 𝚜𝚝𝚛𝚘𝚗𝚐 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚜𝚝𝚎𝚊𝚍𝚢 𝚜𝚕𝚎𝚎𝚙.

𝙼𝚊𝚢 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚛𝚒𝚎𝚜 𝚟𝚊𝚗𝚒𝚜𝚑 𝚒𝚗𝚝𝚘 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚗𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝𝚝𝚒𝚖𝚎 𝚋𝚛𝚎𝚎𝚣𝚎.

𝙼𝚊𝚢 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚠𝚊𝚜𝚑 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚏𝚊𝚌𝚎 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚜𝚘𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚠𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚛, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚕𝚊𝚢 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚠𝚎𝚊𝚛𝚢 𝚑𝚎𝚊𝚍 𝚞𝚙𝚘𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚙𝚒𝚕𝚕𝚘𝚠.

𝚂𝚕𝚎𝚎𝚙 𝚗𝚘𝚠, 𝚕𝚘𝚟𝚎.

𝚃𝚘𝚖𝚘𝚛𝚛𝚘𝚠 𝚒𝚜 𝚊𝚗𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚍𝚊𝚢.

Two-Bit Musings.

𝙾𝚗𝚎 𝙱𝚒𝚐 𝙱𝚊𝚌𝚔𝚢𝚊𝚛𝚍.

𝚂𝚘𝚖𝚎𝚝𝚒𝚖𝚎𝚜 𝙸 𝚕𝚒𝚔𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚜𝚒𝚝 𝚒𝚗 𝚜𝚒𝚕𝚎𝚗𝚌𝚎.

𝙸 𝚙𝚛𝚎𝚝𝚎𝚗𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚝𝚒𝚖𝚎 𝚒𝚜 𝚊𝚝 𝚊 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚗𝚍-𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚕𝚕, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚕𝚒𝚔𝚎 𝚊𝚗 𝚊𝚛𝚌𝚑𝚒𝚝𝚎𝚌𝚝, 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚊𝚗 𝚘𝚙𝚎𝚗 𝚎𝚡𝚙𝚊𝚗𝚜𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝚙𝚘𝚜𝚜𝚒𝚋𝚒𝚕𝚒𝚝𝚢 𝚋𝚎𝚏𝚘𝚛𝚎 𝚖𝚎.

𝚆𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚍𝚘 𝙸 𝚠𝚊𝚗𝚝 𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚎?

𝚆𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚍𝚘 𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚜 𝚠𝚊𝚗𝚝?

. . .

𝙸 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚔 𝚘𝚏 𝙻𝚘𝚛𝚍 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝙵𝚕𝚒𝚎𝚜. 𝙽𝚘 𝚎𝚡𝚒𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚐𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚗𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚜; 𝚗𝚘 𝚎𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚘𝚖𝚒𝚌 𝚎𝚡𝚙𝚕𝚘𝚒𝚝𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗.

𝙹𝚞𝚜𝚝 𝚊 𝚑𝚊𝚗𝚍𝚏𝚞𝚕 𝚘𝚏 𝚑𝚞𝚖𝚊𝚗𝚜 𝚘𝚗 𝚊 𝚙𝚒𝚎𝚌𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝙿𝚕𝚊𝚗𝚎𝚝 𝙴𝚊𝚛𝚝𝚑.

𝙰 𝚏𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚑 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚛𝚝.

. . .

𝚆𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚍𝚘 𝚠𝚎 𝚗𝚎𝚎𝚍?

𝚆𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚖𝚊𝚔𝚎𝚜 𝚊 𝚏𝚞𝚕𝚏𝚒𝚕𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚎?

𝙷𝚘𝚠 𝚍𝚘 𝚠𝚎 𝚑𝚘𝚙𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚎𝚟𝚘𝚕𝚟𝚎?

𝙱𝚎𝚌𝚊𝚞𝚜𝚎 𝚒𝚝 𝚒𝚜 𝚆𝙴.

𝚆𝙴, 𝚗𝚘𝚝 𝚓𝚞𝚜𝚝 𝙼𝙴.

. . .

𝚂𝚗𝚊𝚙𝙳𝚛𝚊𝚐𝚘𝚗’𝚜 𝙻𝚒𝚝𝚝𝚕𝚎 𝚁𝚎𝚌𝚒𝚙𝚎 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚊 𝙷𝚎𝚊𝚕𝚝𝚑𝚢 𝙷𝚞𝚖𝚊𝚗 𝙴𝚡𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚒𝚎𝚗𝚌𝚎:

• 𝙿𝚞𝚋𝚕𝚒𝚌 𝙴𝚍𝚞𝚌𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗

𝙸𝚝 𝚒𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚜𝚠𝚎𝚛 𝚝𝚘 𝚊𝚗𝚢 𝚚𝚞𝚎𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗, 𝚕𝚘𝚟𝚎. 𝙱𝚢 𝚝𝚎𝚊𝚌𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚌𝚑𝚒𝚕𝚍𝚛𝚎𝚗 𝚝𝚘 𝚚𝚞𝚎𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚕𝚍 𝚊𝚛𝚘𝚞𝚗𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚖, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚝𝚘 𝚌𝚎𝚕𝚎𝚋𝚛𝚊𝚝𝚎 𝚜𝚌𝚒𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚒𝚏𝚒𝚌 𝚍𝚒𝚜𝚌𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚢, 𝚙𝚑𝚒𝚕𝚘𝚜𝚘𝚙𝚑𝚢, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚕𝚊𝚗𝚐𝚞𝚊𝚐𝚎 𝚊𝚛𝚝𝚜, 𝚠𝚎 𝚙𝚕𝚊𝚗𝚝 𝚜𝚎𝚎𝚍𝚜 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚊 𝚖𝚘𝚛𝚎 𝚑𝚞𝚖𝚊𝚗𝚎 𝚜𝚘𝚌𝚒𝚎𝚝𝚢. 𝚃𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚒𝚜 𝚊𝚋𝚜𝚘𝚕𝚞𝚝𝚎𝚕𝚢 𝚗𝚘 𝚓𝚞𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚏𝚒𝚊𝚋𝚕𝚎 𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚜𝚘𝚗 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚞𝚗𝚍𝚎𝚛𝚏𝚞𝚗𝚍𝚎𝚍 𝚙𝚞𝚋𝚕𝚒𝚌 𝚜𝚌𝚑𝚘𝚘𝚕𝚜. 𝙿𝚎𝚛𝚒𝚘𝚍.

• 𝙿𝚞𝚋𝚕𝚒𝚌 𝙷𝚎𝚊𝚕𝚝𝚑𝚌𝚊𝚛𝚎

𝙷𝚞𝚖𝚊𝚗 𝚋𝚎𝚒𝚗𝚐𝚜 𝚐𝚎𝚝 𝚜𝚒𝚌𝚔. 𝙴𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚢 𝚜𝚒𝚗𝚐𝚕𝚎 𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝚞𝚜. 𝚆𝚎 𝚙𝚊𝚢 𝚝𝚊𝚡𝚎𝚜 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚖𝚊𝚗𝚢 𝚙𝚞𝚋𝚕𝚒𝚌 𝚜𝚎𝚛𝚟𝚒𝚌𝚎𝚜, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚚𝚞𝚊𝚕𝚒𝚝𝚢 𝚑𝚎𝚊𝚕𝚝𝚑𝚌𝚊𝚛𝚎 𝚜𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚕𝚍 𝚋𝚎 𝚗𝚘 𝚍𝚒𝚏𝚏𝚎𝚛𝚎𝚗𝚝. 𝚆𝚎 𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚗𝚎𝚎𝚍 𝚒𝚝, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚠𝚎 𝚜𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚕𝚍 𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚋𝚎 𝚊𝚋𝚕𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚞𝚜𝚎 𝚒𝚝 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚑𝚊𝚜𝚜𝚕𝚎 𝚘𝚛 𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚙𝚘𝚌𝚔𝚎𝚝𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚌𝚎𝚗𝚝.

• 𝙿𝚞𝚋𝚕𝚒𝚌 𝚁𝚎𝚜𝚘𝚞𝚛𝚌𝚎𝚜

𝙸 𝚏𝚎𝚎𝚕 𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚢 𝚑𝚊𝚙𝚙𝚢 𝚠𝚑𝚎𝚗 𝙸 𝚜𝚎𝚎 𝚜𝚒𝚐𝚗𝚜 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚙𝚞𝚋𝚕𝚒𝚌 𝚕𝚒𝚋𝚛𝚊𝚛𝚒𝚎𝚜. 𝙸𝚝’𝚜 𝚊 𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚖𝚞𝚗𝚒𝚝𝚢 𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚘𝚞𝚛𝚌𝚎 𝚕𝚒𝚔𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚢 𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛; 𝚙𝚎𝚘𝚙𝚕𝚎 𝚍𝚎𝚜𝚎𝚛𝚟𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚔𝚗𝚘𝚠 𝚒𝚝𝚜 𝚕𝚘𝚌𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗. 𝙻𝚒𝚋𝚛𝚊𝚛𝚒𝚎𝚜, 𝚙𝚊𝚛𝚔𝚜, 𝚙𝚘𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚕 𝚜𝚎𝚛𝚟𝚒𝚌𝚎𝚜, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚋𝚊𝚜𝚒𝚌 𝚞𝚝𝚒𝚕𝚒𝚝𝚒𝚎𝚜 𝚕𝚒𝚔𝚎 𝚎𝚕𝚎𝚌𝚝𝚛𝚒𝚌𝚒𝚝𝚢 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚌𝚕𝚎𝚊𝚗, 𝚍𝚛𝚒𝚗𝚔𝚊𝚋𝚕𝚎 𝚠𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚜𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚕𝚍 𝚋𝚎 𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚍𝚒𝚕𝚢 𝚊𝚟𝚊𝚒𝚕𝚊𝚋𝚕𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚞𝚜 𝚊𝚕𝚕. 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝚖𝚘𝚛𝚎 𝚠𝚎 𝚞𝚗𝚍𝚎𝚛𝚏𝚞𝚗𝚍 𝚊𝚗𝚍/𝚘𝚛 𝚙𝚛𝚒𝚟𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚣𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚜𝚎 𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚘𝚞𝚛𝚌𝚎𝚜, 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚖𝚘𝚛𝚎 𝚙𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚝𝚢 𝚠𝚎 𝚌𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚝𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚋𝚎𝚐𝚛𝚞𝚍𝚐𝚒𝚗𝚐𝚕𝚢 𝚍𝚎𝚊𝚕 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚕𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚛.

• 𝚂𝚞𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚒𝚗𝚊𝚋𝚕𝚎 𝙿𝚛𝚊𝚌𝚝𝚒𝚌𝚎𝚜

𝚃𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎’𝚜 𝚗𝚘 𝚜𝚞𝚌𝚑 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚊𝚜 𝚊 𝚏𝚛𝚎𝚎 𝚕𝚞𝚗𝚌𝚑, 𝚏𝚛𝚒𝚎𝚗𝚍𝚜. 𝙴𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚢 𝚌𝚊𝚛 𝚛𝚒𝚍𝚎, 𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚢 𝚜𝚝𝚢𝚛𝚘𝚏𝚘𝚊𝚖 𝚌𝚞𝚙, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚢 𝚝𝚞𝚋 𝚘𝚏 𝚋𝚊𝚝𝚑𝚠𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚑𝚊𝚜 𝚝𝚘 𝚐𝚘 𝚜𝚘𝚖𝚎𝚠𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎. 𝙻𝚎𝚝’𝚜 𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚔 𝚝𝚘𝚐𝚎𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚝𝚘 𝚏𝚒𝚗𝚍 𝚊 𝚠𝚊𝚢 𝚠𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚠𝚎 𝚌𝚊𝚗 𝚎𝚗𝚓𝚘𝚢 𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚌𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚝𝚞𝚛𝚎 𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚏𝚘𝚛𝚝𝚜 𝙰𝙽𝙳 𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚙𝚎𝚌𝚝 𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚎𝚗𝚟𝚒𝚛𝚘𝚗𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚝. 𝚂𝚞𝚛𝚎𝚕𝚢, 𝚠𝚎 𝚌𝚊𝚗 𝚍𝚘 𝚋𝚎𝚝𝚝𝚎𝚛.

. . .

𝚂𝚘 𝚒𝚗 𝚜𝚑𝚘𝚛𝚝, 𝙳𝚎𝚊𝚛 𝚁𝚎𝚊𝚍𝚎𝚛?

𝚆𝚎 𝚊𝚛𝚎 𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚗𝚎𝚌𝚝𝚎𝚍.

𝙸𝚝 𝚖𝚊𝚢 𝚋𝚎 𝚎𝚊𝚜𝚢 𝚝𝚘 𝚝𝚞𝚛𝚗 𝚊 𝚋𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚍 𝚎𝚢𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚜𝚎 𝚜𝚢𝚜𝚝𝚎𝚖𝚒𝚌 𝚒𝚜𝚜𝚞𝚎𝚜, 𝚖𝚊𝚗𝚢 𝚘𝚏 𝚠𝚑𝚒𝚌𝚑 𝚖𝚊𝚢 𝚗𝚘𝚝 𝚊𝚏𝚏𝚎𝚌𝚝 𝚞𝚜.

𝙸 𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚙𝚘𝚜𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚜𝚎 𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚊𝚜 𝚏𝚛𝚘𝚖 𝚊 𝚙𝚕𝚊𝚌𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝚙𝚛𝚒𝚟𝚒𝚕𝚎𝚐𝚎: 𝙸 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚊 𝚏𝚞𝚕𝚕 𝚋𝚎𝚕𝚕𝚢, 𝚊 𝚏𝚞𝚕𝚕 𝚝𝚊𝚗𝚔 𝚘𝚏 𝚐𝚊𝚜, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚊𝚗 𝚎𝚡𝚌𝚎𝚕𝚕𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚌𝚛𝚎𝚍𝚒𝚝 𝚜𝚌𝚘𝚛𝚎. 𝙼𝚢 𝚕𝚒𝚜𝚝 𝚘𝚏 𝚗𝚎𝚎𝚍𝚜 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚠𝚊𝚗𝚝𝚜 𝚛𝚊𝚛𝚎𝚕𝚢 𝚐𝚘 𝚞𝚗𝚖𝚎𝚝.

𝙱𝚞𝚝 𝚒𝚝’𝚜 𝚗𝚘𝚝 𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚊𝚋𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚖𝚎.

𝙱𝚞𝚝 𝚒𝚝’𝚜 𝚗𝚘𝚝 𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚊𝚋𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚖𝚎.

𝙱𝚞𝚝 𝚒𝚝’𝚜 𝚗𝚘𝚝 𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚊𝚋𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚖𝚎.

. . .

𝙾𝚗𝚎 𝚙𝚕𝚊𝚗𝚎𝚝.

𝙾𝚗𝚎 𝚑𝚞𝚖𝚊𝚗 𝚛𝚊𝚌𝚎.

𝙾𝚗𝚎 𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚕𝚒𝚟𝚎 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚙𝚊𝚜𝚜𝚒𝚘𝚗, 𝚒𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚕𝚕𝚒𝚐𝚎𝚗𝚌𝚎, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚑𝚘𝚙𝚎.

𝙸 𝚑𝚘𝚙𝚎.

Roll of the Dice.

Roll of the Dice.

Experience the Many Emotions of SnapDragon X.

Let it Go, 2018. Cape Cod. Original Photo by SnapDragon X. All rights reserved.

Happiness:

I am happy when I feel I am utilizing my talents: writing, teaching, and organizing.

I feel happy when I inadvertently sing the harmony to every song I hear.

Animals. School supplies. Girls’ Night. A new tube of chapstick. IPAs. Frida Kahlo. Public Library signs. My aloe plant. Perfectly applied makeup. A fresh bedspread. When I hear a Paul McCartney song in public. M&M McFlurries. The moment after a TSA security check. Cast iron skillets.

. . .

Sadness:

I am sad when I think of society’s overwhelming problems: poverty, pollution, and commodification.

I feel sad when I feel alienated from those I love.

Suffering. If I’ve offended someone. Climate Change. The obsolescence of CDs. Injured animals. Making this list.

. . .

Anger:

I am angry when people don’t think for themselves.

I feel angry when those in power offer simple solutions to complicated issues.

Bullies. Hypocrites. Know-it-Alls. People who wear headphones when they drive. Short-sighted Identity Politics. Cults. Business models of education. Sunburn. A cracked iPhone screen. Pragmatists. Most cable television shows.

. . .

Tranquility:

I am tranquil when I’m curled up on the couch with The Fur Babies.

I feel tranquil when I’ve just finished a book.

Open windows. Friday nights. Clipping coupons. Crocheting. Afternoon naps. Being far from home. Being back home. Folded laundry. That just-showered feeling. Companionable silence. A completed task.

. . .

So it’s a crapshoot, really. A roll of the dice.

Each day is another game, another chance.

So cup those dice, blow three times, and embrace the possibilities.

The 100 Classics Reading Challenge: The Books.

The 100 Classics Reading Challenge: The Books.

Here they are! The 100 volumes that made the cut.

(If you haven’t already, check out my selection process on my previous post. Check it out here, yo.)

A few notes:

-Almost all of these are novels, but I included some poetry, essays, plays, and short story collections, as well.

-I consider this list to be High School English-Teacher approved. There are a few Young Adult reads included.

-I listed the original publication date, just for fun. (PS: My new pet-peeve is when newer publications leave off the original copyright date. Why? It’s lazy, and in my opinion, irresponsible.)

They are listed in no particular order, love.

Let me know if you’ve read any of these!

SnapDragon’s 100 Classics Reading Challenge List:

1.The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1911)

2. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse (1922)

3. On the Road by Jack Kerouac (1955)

4. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (2013)

5. The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper (1826)

6. Tess of the D’urbervilles by Thomas Hardy (1891)

7. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams (1947)

8. The Oedipus Cycle by Sophocles (429 BC)

9. The Things They Carried by Tim O’ Brien (1990)

10. Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote (1950)

11. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (1915)

12. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (1952)

13. The Piano Lesson by August Wilson (1990)

14. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane (1894)

15. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (2005)

16. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1813)

17. A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines (1993)

18. Heart of Darkness and The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad (1899 & 1910)

19. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (1930)

20. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (1936)

21. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (1962)

22. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (1937)

23. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (1943)

24. East of Eden by John Steinbeck (1952)

25. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (2007)

26. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck (1931)

27. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (1957)

28. The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo (1831)

29. Beloved by Toni Morrison (1987)

30. The Stranger by Albert Camus (1942)

31. The Color Purple by Alice Walker (1982)

32. Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll (1865 & 1871)

33. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (1868)

34. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (1999)

35. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (1908)

36. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville (1851)

37. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton (1911)

38. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (2015)

39. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1967)

40. Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children’s Crusade: A Duty Dance with Death by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1969)

41. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky (1866)

42. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer (2005)

43. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (1886)

44. for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf by Ntozake Shange (1975)

45. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (1862)

46. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (1876)

47. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (1884)

48. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer (1387)

49. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (1932)

50. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (1852)

51. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (1847)

52. Beowulf by an unknown author (1000 AD)

53. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (1869)

54. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift (1726)

55. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (1925)

56. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (1818)

57. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave by Frederick Douglass (1845)

58. Night by Elie Wiesel (1958)

59. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (1997)

60. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (1955)

61. Dracula by Bram Stoker (1897)

62. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (2007)

63. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury (1946)

64. Aesop’s Fables by Aesop (1912)

65. The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon (1965)

66. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (1937)

67. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (1954)

68. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1850)

69. The Chosen by Chaim Potok (1967)

70. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque (1928)

71. Don Quixote by Cervantes (1605)

72. The Road by Cormac McCarthy (2006)

73. The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George (2015)

74. The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois (1903)

75. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline (2013)

76. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (2003)

77. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells (1897)

78. Go Tell It On the Mountain by James Baldwin (1952)

79. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom (1997)

80. White Noise by Don DeLillo (1984)

81. Ruby by Cynthia Bond (2014)

82. Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe (1719)

83. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (1998)

84. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (1967)

85. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie (1988)

86. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan (1989)

87. The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer (762 & 750 BC)

88. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri (1320)

89. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (1844)

90. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (1962)

91. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor (1976)

92. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’ Dell (1960)

93. The Collected Jack London by Jack London (various)

94. The Complete Stories by Flannery O’ Connor (various)

95. The Signet Classic Book of Mark Twain’s Short Stories by Mark Twain (various)

96. The Penguin Arthur Miller: Collected Plays (various)

97. Maya Angelou: The Complete Poetry (various)

98. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (2002)

99. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce (1916)

100. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (1955)