Life’s Details: Volume 5

Mostly nature.

  • I was driving through Arlington, Massachusetts on my way home and saw two men up ahead, both seeming very animated. As I approached, I noticed that their mouths weren’t moving. Their animation was sign language and I was reminded that language is an amazingly beautiful thing, whether spoken or illustrated with one’s body.
  • My husband and I were on a motorcycle trip to the Berkshires. We got up the morning we were returning home and headed to brunch. On our way, in a small patch of grass along the side of the road, I saw a deer having her breakfast. It was then that I realized how hard it is to smile inside a motorcycle helmet.
  • We live in an apartment complex near the Charles River so we have an odd mix of wildlife and city at our disposal. There’s a well mannered rabbit that doesn’t seem to be afraid of me that likes to hang out by out back steps.


Life’s Details: Volume 4

The mostly dogs edition.

  • I had left some supplies for work at home and was doubling back to get them when I got behind an SUV. This SUV had the back window open and a large bulldog was calmly staring out as they meandered down the street. That was all I needed to not feel like a goof for forgetting things in the first place.
  • At lunch, I sat by the open window of the restaurant and gazed out. As I was staring blankly at nothing, a gentleman appeared and he was walking 5 dogs. This wasn’t a normal dog walker, though. He was wearing a backpack like harness that the dogs were connected to. He had hands free and the dogs were very nicely behaved behind him. I didn’t know things like that existed but clearly they do!
  • Some camp sites only cost $6 per night and that is terrific.
  • Also, this:



Life’s Details: Volume 3

    • I saw an older gentleman, maybe early 60s, with salt and pepper hair and a green baseball cap riding down the sidewalk of Mass Ave in Cambridge at a leisurely pace. Upon further inspection, he was holding and enjoying an ice cream cone.
    • A couple glasses of Cremant* at a bar, bonding with a new friend.
    • “The Baltimore Orioles do better than weddings.”
    • It started raining so I opened the shades in my office and stared out. I find rain to be an extremely relaxing break from the day for a few minutes.
    • This:

I know there’s a few of you reading. What have little things have made you smile?


* Cremant is French sparkling wine that is not from Champagne. You can read more here.