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serving the beloved community

Since there was no school on Friday due to parent-teacher conferences, Z attended Camp Shenanigans. It is the only camp that he has asked for a return visit. Play in a day resulted in a sterling performance and podcast.

I went with a group of new friends to the annual MLKJ Day Shabbat and enjoyed the rousing sermons.

After French school we learned about staging, lighting, and music with Opera Lafayette.

We made new friends during Hill Havurah's MLKJ Day service activity with a mosque in Baltimore.

We learned about Mindanao, sipà (hacky-sack), and picked up some Tagalog at Filipino Cultural School.

We ended the long weekend at Islamic Relief's office, making meal packs.

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balmy January

Z attended a birthday party featuring raptors of the Anacostia.

Our friend hosted a podcast launch party. The highlights were the trampoline and the parade through the neighborhood. Listen to: Zion's Suffragists on Deseret Podcasts

D and I have been friends since we were 12 and now decades later her delightful daughter and son-in-law stayed with us.

Ahead of violin lessons Z was fitted for his instrument at the local music store.
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I forgot I was going to Malawi, I left the Sunday after Thanksgiving, and returned to the holiday season in full swing.Collapse )
What else? Christmas tree purchased at Frager's | E's family's open house
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Thanksgiving Time

When the night winds whistle through the trees and blow the crisp brown leaves a-crackling down,
When the autumn moon is big and yellow-orange and round,
When old Jack Frost is sparkling on the ground,
It's Thanksgiving Time!

When the pantry jars are full of mince-meat and the shelves are laden with sweet spices for a cake,
When the butcher man sends up a turkey nice and fat to bake,
When the stores are crammed with everything ingenious cooks can make,
It's Thanksgiving Time!

When the gales of coming winter outside your window howl,
When the air is sharp and cheery so it drives away your scowl,
When one's appetite craves turkey and will have no other fowl,
It's Thanksgiving Time!

by Langston Hughes
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the season of gratitude

My life for the past couple of months have been consumed by this event but it went well and everyone is happy. Plus I got to see my friends and colleagues from all over the world for our big conference. (source)

There was a football game over the weekend. (source)

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What else? Good Neighbors meeting | day camp at Alliance Française | playground instead of parkour | ending lacrosse | brunch at Matchbox with N and C | MoBob in California | playdates | swim class | missing out on the Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon on Women in Foreign Policy | Relief Society activity