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Between The Ears | Spring 2022

It always feels like a new lease on life when the weather warms up - we've got a little extra pep in our step.

A sampling of what we've been filling our heads with as the days grow longer:

Felt the need to dust off Alfred Lansing's classic after researchers discovered the Endurance on the Antarctic sea floor in March, which hadn't been seen since 1915!

We love everything Lauren Groff has written. This one is arguably her best.

Natasha David is a stunning, glowing light of a human being, and her new book radiates like its writer. A lighter take on serious cocktails, with 100+ recipes, Drink Lightly serves up elegant recipes with a dash of whimsy that will inject joy into any occasion that involves a beverage. Treat yourself to a copy.

5. Today (A Poem by Billy Collins)

If ever there were a spring day so perfect,

so uplifted by a warm intermittent breeze

that it made you want to throw

open all the windows in the house

and unlatch the door to the canary's cage,

indeed, rip the little door from its jamb,

a day when the cool brick paths

and the garden bursting with peonies

seemed so etched in sunlight

that you felt like taking

a hammer to the glass paperweight

on the living room end table,

releasing the inhabitants

from their snow-covered cottage

so they could walk out,

holding hands and squinting

into this larger dome of blue and white,

well, today is just that kind of day.

6. Invitation (A Poem by Mary Oliver)

Oh do you have time to linger for just a little while out of your busy

and very important day for the goldfinches that have gathered in a field of thistles

for a musical battle, to see who can sing the highest note, or the lowest,

or the most expressive of mirth, or the most tender? Their strong, blunt beaks drink the air

as they strive melodiously not for your sake and not for mine

and not for the sake of winning but for sheer delight and gratitude – believe us, they say, it is a serious thing

just to be alive on this fresh morning in the broken world. I beg of you,

do not walk by without pausing to attend to this rather ridiculous performance.

It could mean something. It could mean everything. It could be what Rilke meant, when he wrote: You must change your life.

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