Journal collage: worship leaflets, newspaper text, Pope Francis stamp from Uganda, Zig calligraphy pens. Constructed over the course of a week.

I have since filled the right-hand page with an account of things I'm grateful for. It ends, "For many blessings (given and received), and for life itself, thanks be to God."

Extra: On my list of thanksgivings, a beautiful tree set against a perfect spring sky, enlivening downtown.

Why are we optimistic? Despite Brexit, despite the Orange Tweeter, despite the rapidly descending Dow Jones, it seems we are. It might as well be spring.

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