A Mini-Travelogue from Harare, Zimbabwe, with Love

Plants in Zimbabwe, photo by author.


Passing time before my complimentary Internet runs out between flights…


A free-fall meditation on the dreaminess of nostalgia, romanticizing the past and the slipperiness of time

A bouquet by the author, inspired by Olivia Laing’s thought-provoking “Funny Weather. See the face?


Notes from an old life I discovered in a recent audit of my email, and keeping some of the basic structure, rewrote.

A little dreamscape.


A phrase that stuck with me after a friend offered it. She then asked me, “Who waters you?” A response in vignettes.

Photos by author.


EXPRESS YOURSELF

What two bouquets and a book taught me about creativity

Bouquet by/for Outlandish Plants.

“yellow + restraint = light.”


THIS IS US

A meditation on the gifts of death inspired by the failure of my first bouquet, plus an exercise in creating from decay

Goodbye, bouquet. Photo by the author


In which I assess and contemplate moments this week that made me feel “the quality or fact of being plentiful or large,” including a memory of the larger-than-life Michael K. Williams

Self portrait by author with bouquet.

Each week in Bodrum, Turkey I become a giant.


In which I consider the gifts of prolonged discovery, gratitude for minor inconveniences, motorcycle rides, dancing with strangers and, briefly, Trevor Noah

What is this grainy-but-sassy video still screenshot you ask? Read on.


A new blog from me, Caits, about the wisdom of plants, of strangers, and of dead people — and of course, always, always, the wisdom of children.

Image by Outlandish Plants

Caits Meissner

Caits writes here about mining for daily wonder, the lessons of grief, and building (which is simply embracing what is) an expansively creative life.

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