open thread: come now, taste what the world has to offer

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Channeling is a semi-regular dispatch from Jenna Wortham about creativity, life, everyday mysticism, and coping mechanisms.

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sliced papaya, drenched in fresh lemon

The other day my neighbor friends gave me some lemons from their yard. They look like wrinkled little limes, hard green ovals, but when you cut into them, their precious insides spill out, a bright yellow to balance all the toughness. Halves of a miracle. It’s the simplest thing, but it makes me so happy. I put them in water, in salad dressing, on fruit. I keep a few in a bowl, just to look at until I’m ready for them. They remind me that so much can come from so little, just sun and dirt. There’s not much at scale offering comfort these days, or even joy, so for me, zeroing in on the tiniest bits of beauty and tenderness seems to help.

What are the things that are bringing you delight right now? Keeping your heart, tongue, body afloat? Perhaps it’s an old song, or a new flavor? A silky texture or a dense book? A reassuring ritual or reliable recipe? I look forward to reading and responding to your comments.

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title via “What to Eat, What to Drink, and What to Leave for Poison,” by Camille T. Dungy

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