“O Son of Being! Busy not thyself with this world, for with fire We test the gold, and with gold We test Our servants.”
amy: on the days when it is my turn to post our photos, I receive leila’s email for the day early in the morning, just as i am about to begin my fast for that same day she has just completed. i leave that email sitting in my inbox, incredibly tempted to open it and peek at what leila’s eyes have seen, what she has captured. but i don’t. i fight that urge. and today, i was so glad that i exercised that control or i would have been deprived of that delightful feeling of surprise and giddiness at noticing that the coloring in all our pictures today have similar hues, and that we both chose to look up at the sky and clouds bathed in beautiful light at sunset. this project surprises me and brings me so much joy each day. thank you, thank you leila.
leila: i have rediscovered my flash, a little bit. this morning i thought, “Is this the first sign of autumn?”
in the evening my sister and i went to buy very essential riocotta cheese from the supermarket deli. on one of the windows of the building, you can just see a graffitied “smp”, which you see tagged everywhere around here. whenever i see it, it makes me think of my department at university: “Society, Culture, Media and Philosophy”. because i am susceptible to non-musical ear worms, i usually end up thinking the phrase “Society, Media, Philosophy” like a mantra for hours afterwards. because my brain loves me that way.