This week’s listmaker: Mary Catharine Grau. Mary Catharine is director of business development at Well Done Marketing. She lives in Indianapolis, where she’s active in a number of not-for-profit initiatives, including Giving Sum and Tonic.
1. St. Paul’s Chapel of Trinity Church, New York. It’s the oldest church in Manhattan, and the simple fact that St. Paul’s Chapel of Trinity Church is standing is, in many ways, a miracle. Located across the street from the site of the World Trade Center towers, this lovely little church withstood the attack. Then, it was the base for care of the thousands of rescue workers serving the tragedy.
Today, St. Paul’s still offers warmth, love, and shelter. Quilts, letters, prayers, signs, photos, and more sent from all over the world are shared in this space for visitors to see and remember. It’s an inspiring space and a reminder of how the day changed our lives forever. And of the beauty we can create out of tragedy.
2. Spanish Pipedream. This goofy song was a huge hit around the Rancho Framasa campfire. I was thrilled when The Avett Brothers’s cover of John Prine’s song popped up on Pandora. I’ve listened to it on repeat for hours now. The refrain goes a little something like, “Blow up your tv. Throw away your paper. Move to the country. Build you a home. Plant a little garden,” and so on – seems like good advice to me. Find it and listen to it. Actually, go for the full Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine. It’s wonderful.
3. Anthropologie catalogs. Sign up for the Anthropologie mailing list, like, now. Reading these catalogs is like looking through vacation brochures without all of the lame copy and cheesy grins. Soft and colorful, the photography is as gorgeous as the clothing. The concepts are creative, and the varied locations are natural and warm. I love receiving mine every month, and I hope you do, too.
4. Hot Tub Time Machine. You may be skeptical of a movie with the words “time machine” in the title. I was. Luckily, someone suggested it to me. The thing about Hot Tub Time Machine is that the movie is significantly better than the title. Sure, the idea of a hot tub as a time machine is pretty hokey, but outside of that tiny piece, the plot is pretty good. The jokes don’t try too hard, and the 80s references are well placed. It’s only 101 minutes; give it a try.
5. Go Swinging. Get your mind out of the gutter; I mean the kind on a playground. That’s right; find a neighborhood park and party like a five-year old. Pump high into the sky until the chain pops a little on the descent. If you’re feeling really adventurous, jump off. It’s amazingly refreshing. I’m pretty sure it’s good for you too.