five lovely things…april 19

Another week has rolled around and I hope it has been largely uneventful for you and those you love. That may sound like a funny thing to wish for, but we all understand that uneventful = good in the current landscape 🙂

I thought I might have trouble coming up with five lovely things week after week, but humanity just keeps making it easy for me.
Here are my five lovely things for this week:

Spectacular Talent + Good Will

A few weeks back I posted the first installment of Some Good News by John Krasinsky. Since then he has posted several more episodes. This one includes an enormous surprise. I legit teared up when I watched it, both from the delight John and his surprise guests brought to one young girl, and the incredible artistic talent that exists in the world.


Some of you may know the picture book I Want My Hat Back by the wonderfully-talented Jon Klassen. Recently some Extremely Talented People in the UK adapted it for puppet theater. It is amazing! Watch it with your kids. And do not miss the end credits 🙂 Maybe it will inspire some puppetry in your house this week.

Clean Air

With the shutdown of cities due to coronavirus, many residents have experienced clean air for the first time in their lives.  This article from the BBC has cool, change-the-picture, before-and-after photos of a number of these cities in which the air is “positively alpine” just now. And that is lovely indeed.

Baking Yummy Treats

If you watch The Great British Bake-Off, you may remember Briony from a fairly recent season. She has begun an Instagram-based baking club during the corona-crisis with new challenges set each week and a guest judge to survey the photos folks send in.

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You can participate from anywhere in the world! Might be fun to try this week?

Mom Hugs

It’s still April, which is National Poetry Month, and I was going to post another poem, but I just cannot resist posting this last lovely thing, which shows the lengths one young woman went to in order to hug her mom.

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Mom hugs are a sort of poetry-in-motion, wouldn’t you agree?

That’s it for this week. Keep looking for the lovely!

Coming up tomorrow: This week I’ll be celebrating a 50th anniversary…what could it be?! Join me as I unreel a whole lot of juicy options so you and your kids can mark this milestone, too, even with stay-at-home orders in place.