This was a great week. I got to see my son and hold his baby girl. My daughter won a job interview with one of the world’s biggest and best known companies. I began to work on a project that will be all-consuming and completely fulfilling. In the garden, the rhododendron has flowered for the first time and the plant-wall I created with an old wine rack and some annuals gives every indication it will flourish. Betsy Fisher ordered in some clothes just for me. I bought a hand printed shirt with giant black flowers on a white background, a light weight cardigan in inky blue, and an olive skirt that may very well be the most beautiful item of clothing I have ever owned. In the company of good friends, I heard the fabulous Brene Brown tell her stories about the value of vulnerability, and the power to be found in how we handle shame. She manages to make this very funny. On Saturday, I took part in a writing workshop where women of talent and well-chosen words told funny, poignant and universal stories of loss, injustice and trauma, and reported how writing had helped to heal their anger and pain. It was much more jolly than it sounds. Last night I watched the Belmont and ate delicious Mediterranean food in the company of good friends. Tonight they will come to my deck for cheese and crackers, wine and beer in what has become a Sunday night tradition in Itchy Ankle. It really doesn’t get any better than this.
Watch Brene Brown’s TED talk. https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability