I was at the beach. With my mate. For five days. For the first time since we became the parents of not two, but three daughters. I think this picture documents the one minute I elected to get out of my beach chair.
Celebrate continued to be on my mind...and I caught it a few times during my vacation reading binge, about which you will hear more later. For now, here are a couple of found treasures from my trip to the beach...
Celebrate :: the relationship between celebration and attention
"And it goes on for hours--with Thomas reminding us of the health merits of each dish so we won't become too distracted by their exquisiteness. 'Its amazing, the momentum,' Bouley says, when I catch up with him after the four-hour lunch. 'You just start paying more attention. And at that point you're not just feeding anymore, you're celebrating.'" --Kevin Conley quoting celebrity chef David Bouley, in a Town 'n Country article entitled Haute Health Food
Celebrate :: the relationship between celebration and healing
"I used to think that I would be mature when I could simply be gay without emphasis. I have decided against this viewpoint, in part because there is almost nothing about which I feel neutral, but more because I perceive those years of self loathing as a yawning void, and celebration needs to fill and overflow it." --Andrew Solomon, in his book Far From the Tree, describing why after consideration, he still believes in the over-the-top-ness of gay pride celebrations.