And we vented, and talked about how to approach the coming years; I appreciated that, as some of my friends aren't ready to face things yet, and I'm trying to respect that. For my part...I am a non-joiner, so I must find other ways to try to help make things better. To "maintian the individual within the herd", as it says on the spirit guide my friends once helped pick out for me.
Saturday, K brought Pho King for lunch, then we headed over to Madison. We arrived as the marches were starting to break up; being downtown Madison, the post-march vibe lasted all night. We went to Chazen and saw (among other things) Beth Cavener's "L’Amante" - pic below. Then we took Karen to see the John Muir desk. Then we walked and walked...went to a fantastic art supplies store, and A Room of One's Own bookstore. Then dinner at Kabul. I had vegetarian ashak (scallion-filled dumplings with beans and yogurt sauce), topped with bamya (okra with spices). I never knew scallions could taste that good.
At the bookstore, I got Taste of Persia, The Complete Persepolis, and Born a Crime.
Also on the current reading list are Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening and The Bio-Integrated Farm.
Next week I'm escaping work (and missing at least six meetings, including an "all hands") to go to MN: eldest brother's daughter (by adoption/patronage/friendship) and her girlfriend are visiting from Japan and they're getting married. I hope the weather cooperates so I can go; scheduling winter travel is always tricky.