Went out this evening after dark to pick some parsley, basil, and peppers from my garden. Brought the bunch inside, and as I was washing it, a small anole lizard crawled out, went to the side of the sink, and opened its dear little mouth. I picked it up, the first time I have done so, and it did not resist, perhaps knowing I was going to carry it to the back porch and let it out. These small profound moments of affirming life are what happiness is all about. I had never picked up one of these tiny creatures; it was incredibly easy.
Got up early and went to a couple of yard sales. The second one was the most organized and efficient estate sale I have ever attended. Everything in the house was carefully laid out, marked with a price, and there were several staff there to help. I purchased a couple of garden tools and a lovely turquoise basket that will become a dog/cat bed once I put a blanket in it.
My old friend Judith Butler is the first woman to be awarded the prestigious Adorno prize, in Germany. She is getting a great deal of flak/flack for her criticism of Israeli foreign policy. She is one of the most intense, intelligent, attentive, caring, and funny people I've ever known. That combination is incredibly rare.