The Mossletter 13

Hey Friends,

On this solemn day in America (it’s 9/11 — and there’s now a death toll equivalent to a 9/11 occurring every three days) — on this very same day — I step outside my front door and can visibly see wildfires raging on the hills off in the distance. We’re not alone here in California; many of our friends in Oregon are also walking around in a genuine hellscape of orange and red smoke. I’m not sure who else needs to hear this, but I’ll say it louder for the people in the back: Climate change is real. Pandemics are real. Anyone that tells you otherwise is lying to you.

So what do we do until we can fix these larger problems? Well I can tell you that around our house — we’re seeking distractions that shift our focus to the brighter side of life. (Which ironically, for us — means the “darker” side …)

As we enter the “spooky season”, we’ve been going through the Ghostbusters movies with our (now) five year old, and it’s been a kick to experience these movies again “for the first time”*. We’re planning on hanging our Halloween decorations this weekend (yes, we’re those neighbors and no, we don’t care) — and we’re looking forward to a familiar change of pace. What are you doing to get out of the doldrums and grab a bit of “normalcy” this year?

However you do it, please stay safe. ☮️

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*PSS: Did you know that there is a new Ghostbusters movie (Ghostbusters: Afterlife) that has already completed principal photography — and was supposed to hit theaters in July of 2020 — but since the world went completely crazy-pants, it’s now been pushed back to March of 2021? (Did I mention it has national treasure Paul Rudd in it? 🚫👻)

📸 Pics Or It Didn’t Happen

Speaking of spooky — I saw this piece at a hotel (talk about vertigo!) 🌀

Speaking of spooky — I saw this piece at a hotel (talk about vertigo!) 🌀

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🍿 Popcorn Break

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🖋 Parting Words

When you hit a wrong note, it’s the next note that makes it good or bad. — Miles Davis, Trumpeter