Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Signs & Wonders


I wouldn't call myself a superstitious person per se, but I do believe in signs: coincidences that aren't really coincidences, little nods from the universe that can show us we're on the right path -- or the wrong one. So when I stopped by the post office today to mail my signed author contracts for The Sunflowers to Avon/HarperCollins, imagine my reaction when I saw a colorful sunflower display on the counter to celebrate the USPS new Sunflower Stamp!

Speaking of signs & wonders, I have to mention a big local miracle: a mere six or seven minutes away from where I'll be teaching my class tonight, the Tampa Bay Rays will be playing Game 1 of the World Series. Now the Rays were *dismal* until this season, really dismal, the joke of the league. But now they are American League champs! They could win it all! Worst to first! Superstitious folks may tell you it's not a coincidence, that changing the name from "Devil Rays" (which many people thought would bring a curse on the team when team was created in 1998) to just "Rays" this year made the difference. I don't know about that ... but it does make you go HMMM...

4 comments:

Amanda said...

Hmmm...I think you are on to something. I love the sunflower stamps :)

Catherine Delors said...

Sheramy, I was digging into Van Dyck the other day for the Paris show at the Jacquemart-Andre. Do you know that gorgeous self-portrait of his with the sunflower?

Sheramy said...

Hi Amanda: I do too. Of course I bought a set of them while at the PO.

Hi Catherine: I've seen a picture of that painting, but I've not seen it in person. I think it's in a private collection. Is it on view at the Jacquemart-Andre for a show?

Catherine Delors said...

Don't know, Sheramy. I have yet to go see this show.
Saw Bonaparte and Egypt, rather disappointing. Want to see Picasso, but the crowds are daunting...
And I just gave your blog an award: go check mine!