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Maria Popova

White, Black, Bird

Maria Popova writes The Marginalian, weekly reflections, in her own words, on "the search for meaning across literature, science, art, philosophy, and the various other tentacles of human thought and feeling ... — my one-woman labor of love exploring what it means to live a decent, substantive, rewarding life."

Maria published a series of photos of gravestones, three of the deceased were named "White" "Black" and "Bird". They reminded me of the Herman Charles Bosman's short story Unto Dust where the bones of white and black are indivisable in the African dust.

I recalled that Maria at one stage was quite obsessed with a particular kind of jumpsuit. I found this a charming foil to her hyper-intellectual/spiritual journey. : ) I also LOVE to dress my heroes to please THEM!

I also took this opportunity to make an osprey — a stunning bird, somewhere between black and white — that lives near me in the Bay Area.

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