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81. Hippie.

After having brunch with friends Amy and Alyssa today, Alyssa and I wandered over to Dupont Circle to enjoy the beautiful spring weather. We picked a spot next to a man who was arranging rocks in the shape of a flower.

The man, listening to our conversation, decided to interject at various points with the most random stories about an encounter he had with a raven and making sand sculptures on the beach. He was a self-proclaimed, bandana-wearing hippie, telling us all about the free love days of Dupont back in the 1960s (as told to him by his sister, he noted; it wasn’t quite as free when he arrived in the 1970s) and how he tried to hop the White House fence back when Jimmy Carter was in office.

All the while, he continued to make his little rock art on the pavement.

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79. Love.

I first learned about the New York Times column Modern Love right around the time I was about to leave for college. I had recently become obsessed with podcasts, and back then, the column had a podcast.

It was the name that drew me to it. Modern Love. The words spoke to my hopeless romantic sensibilities, developed as a young child watching soap operas and listening to the radio program Delilah with my mother.

Eight or so years later, I still read the column on a regular basis (sadly, the podcast went kaput ages ago). Sometimes, I wholeheartedly agree with what has been written. Other times, I try to put myself into the shoes of someone in a seemingly impossible situation, wondering what if I would do if it was me. And more often than not, I cry. I can’t help it.

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78. Civilization.

Our civilization may be done for within the next few decades, according to a new study.

I first spotted the story on Policy Mic and then read the original on the Guardian. The study — partially funded by a NASA grant and led by a mathematician — apparently* paints a bleak picture of the end of the world because we, like the Romans and Mayans before us, have stretched our resources too thin and have become divided between the haves and the have nots. And not even science can save us, because that would take up more resources.

In summary: we are destroying the earth and karma’s a bitch.

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77. Kindred.

The name of the Capitol Hill Chorale’s season this year is Kindred Voices. Director Fred explains it in the concert notes:

In this Kindred Voices season, the Chorale is singing music from different parts of the world that wasn’t created originally for concert performance, but instead was sung by people with each other as part of their everyday lives… In this March concert, I looked for traditional choral music from America that ordinary 18th and 19th century Americans sang. I was drawn to two of the earliest types of traditional music in America – shape note and Shaker tunes.

During tonight’s rehearsal — our antepenultimate until this weekend’s performances* — we were briefly joined by a group of shape note singers who happen to get together in the Capitol Hill church our concerts are sometimes in. Fred has repeatedly has told us that these songs are a part of this country’s musical culture. But it’s one thing to hear that and an entirely different thing to see it.

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