The Little Lights Aren’t Twinkling

Hey y’all, 

So, today was supposed to be the unveiling of the new platform and the culmination of several week-long migration to Ghost from Mailchimp. 

Alas, you are reading this in an email sent by Mailchimp. Because despite my many tests, something happened this morning and the email wouldn’t send. And I don’t know why, and I have a full day of work in front of me and this is really, really frustrating. 

But anyway. 

The new platform will create a web version of each email – which it did! But it is also supposed to send an email to all the subscribers (like you) which it did not. 


I appreciate your patience while I figure this out. In the meantime, I have included the five beautiful things below, and do encourage you to click through and see what was meant to be. And I will email you later this week, hopefully, to let you know when the lights are, indeed, twinkling. 

Five Things I Thought Were Beautiful

Cheetahs are the fastest land animal – I learned that in the 3rd grade. But knowing that is dramatically different than actually watching them run. This video – a partnership between the Cincinnati Zoo and National Geographic – is just 7 minutes of cheetahs running in slow motion, and it’s jaw-dropping.

I missed it by a week, but this week I came across this lovely poem What To Do On Spring Equinox. While the list is a good one, she isn’t just talking about gardening.

Like many of you, the chaos and stress of the 24-hour news cycle, the war in Ukraine, and re-entry chaos after two years in a global pandemic have me worn out. But I came across this video of a performance by Peter Paul and Mary from 1986 – 36 years ago, and already 25 years after their heyday – performing Pete Seegar’s Where Have All the Flowers Gone, and it was good for my soul. I especially love the way they partnered with the audience in the performance of it – this is a masterclass on so many levels.

This is just fun: David Li does, as near as I can tell, something with machine learning and augmented reality and makes what I can only call art. This website is basically an interactive… game? Display? Installation? I dunno. Anyway, on your biggest screen, click through and then hit Start. You can drag it around with your cursor, too.

Anja Rožen, a 13-year-old girl from Ravne na Koroškem, Slovenia is the winner of this year’s Lion’s Club Peace Poster contest. Here is a short video of her giving her artist statement behind the piece. The kids are gonna be OK. It’s the adults I worry about.

Thank you

Despite the unveiling not going as planned, I just again want to remind y’all that this newsletter remains 100% free and ad-free, all paid for by my Patrons, who insist I make it free for everyone else, and who are providing the resources for this migration to happen in the first place. 
 Take care of yourself. And each other. 

Hugh Hollowell Jr