Can’t LIVE Without Wonder

Welcome to Wednesday. Today it’s all about the things that help me invite wonder in my life. The places and experiences I can’ LIVE without if I am gong to LIVE a simply Wonder-full life! xxoo

The National Gallery of Art
I adore the National gallery of Art. I adore art period. There is something about the vision the artists has and being able to see the finish product. How they take blank canvases, pigmented oils, charcoals, inks, metals and clay and create things that only their minds could conceive that send me into a wonder coma.

Photo courtesy of DC Photography

Housing Works SoHo
There are several Housing Work stores in New York City bit the one in SoHo with the café is my favorite. The Housing works shops are designed to benefit individuals living with HIV/AIDS. What makes the one in SoHo my favorite is that it’s like the social justice version of Barnes and Noble. It is a glorious old brick building lied with shelves that hosts hundreds and hundreds of books. In the back is a sweet little cafe with a simple menu of delightful treats and beverages and plenty of  seating for you to sit and be in awe of the establishment or any one of ht books you picked up to read.

Photo courtesy of Betty Blade

Yerba Buena Gardens
It doesn’t matter where my final destination is, whether its the Museum of Art, the Jewish History Museum, the Museum of the African Diaspora, or the convention center, a date at a tea lounge,I always always ALWAYS cut through Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco. It is magnificently beautiful, even on cloudy fog adorned mornings. The gardens draws an eclectic group of people, from little children teeter tottering on the grass to elderly individuals engaging in tai chi. There is a waterfall and behind it pictures and words from Dr. King’s I have A Dream Speech, and large rocks perfect for laying on and staring up into the heavens.

Photo courtesy of Ingrid Taylar

In 2005 I was introduced to The Vagina Monologues. In 2008  I performed in them for the  first tie and have been performing and supporting every year since. Nonetheless, every year I find myself humbled, motivated, and wonderstruck. Working to end violence against women and girls and being privileged to learn about the strength and courage victims find to survive, thrive, fight, and advocate for change leaves me full of wonder and deep respect and gratefulness.

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Connor

If you ask anyone about my favorite aspect of traveling, it’s the airports. There are so many people from all walks of life it is amazing. Airports remind me that the world is so much bigger than my little corner of it. There are plenty of opportunities to watch people interact and how they relate, there are ranges of emotions to observe from anxiety to excitement, and languages to hear. Plus, if I am really fortunate, I get to meet strangers and have some amazing conversations.

Photo courtesy of Herb Migdoll

Coffee Shops
I don’t know what it is about coffee shops but once I select a non coffee beverage (I don’t like coffee) and a seat, my mind wanders and gets to wonder about all kinds of things. Everything from personal past experiences to revamped dreams. Plus coffee shops draw wonderers. It draws creative types, entrepreneurs, and students, people making possibilities and realities.

Photo courtesy of Oliver Strand

Places of Worship
I typically go to church as my place of workshop, although I have been to a synagogue before, ad I don’t subscribe to a physical structure being the only place one can worship. However, I do believe there is something to be said for being in a place of worship. There is such a peace and a safety that I find there and am readily able to rest, to be, to let my mind wander, and let it wonder endlessly and hopefully.

Photo courtesy of A. Hassocks

How do you get wonder filled?

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