3 January 2018: Lime green rooftop buildings, A Poem

Context: I wrote this poem in response to a January 3, 2018 National Public Radio story called “In Lebanon, Mile-Long Artwork is a Sign of Peace.” I heard the broadcast on “All Things Considered” at 4:39 ET while driving. The original broadcast introduction below and entire audio recording can be found online.

“Lebanese twins Omar and Mohamed Kabbani painted "salam" — the Arabic word for peace — in bright green across 82 rooftops in the northern city of Tripoli. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Omar about the ambitious art project that can only be seen from the sky.”

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I am on my computer for the first time in a long time, and it feels weird, icky, selfish, and embarrassing.

I am on my computer for the first time in a long time, and it feels weird, icky, selfish, and embarrassing. So many adjectives for something so seemingly simple as typing about my day. I’ve missed this platform for sharing, mostly because I’d been so excited to work on “Two years ago today,” an odd compilation of writings, stories, pictures, poems, drawings, letters, and words from friends that could finally share a whole story. I wanted it to be so different. Different, not because I had anything different to try; different because the story is not a story. The story is an existence. So, in a lot of ways, it feels as though I have not existed in quite a long time.

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This is a thinking season. A dwelling season. A retreating season. A resting season.

This is a thinking season. A dwelling season. A retreating season. A resting season. It is not so in this place where consumer-driven sales are success measures, because these are prime seasons for less mobility and activity, and therefore deeper pulls for lucrative, all-weather shopping. But these seasons, these Fall and Winter times, are actually gifts. That is why they are complicated.

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Kendall Crouther
Suburban Nanny, Accidental hustler

Had you told me two months ago I’d profit $1,372.20 from Facebook Marketplace sales and an Estate Sale, I wouldn’t have believed you. So glad I had greater faith.

When my Estate Sale the last Saturday of July felt quiet, though, I can look back now and see I had some grandiose expectations, a trusted family friend recommended I try Facebook Marketplace. I was trippin’ – hard. Who puts items for sale on Facebook, unless they’re selling to Russia?

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