I'm back! I'm back! If you know me personally, you'll say, "You never left!" Which I guess is true -- I didn't go anywhere, I just took a break from blogging for a bit to take some time after a family member passed away. I will, at some point, make some kind of post relating to the issue of what happened, because I think it's something good to share, but right now, let's get to more cheerful things: hilarious Nihilist science fiction cartoons! Yes, you know the cartoon of which I speak, it is Rick and Morty.


I don't want to worry anyone, I'm taking a short break from this blog, but I promise to return.  I started the Jaunty Magpie five years ago as a personal blog to collect all the things that inspire or bring me joy, (above photo being a huge part of that, which I'm very grateful for!), but I'm sad to say a recent and sudden death of someone very close to my heart has left me feeling rather broken. Right now, everything is tinged with sadness and a bit of pain, and I don't want that to seep into a blog about good things. I do want to share about what's happened, I think that conversation could potentially be helpful to others going through something similar, but right now the hurt is too close, and I don't want to make announcements before close friends and family are fully in the loop. And frankly, I just need time to recharge, rejuvenate, and find Hope again. So, wish me luck, I promise I will be back soon! 

Jaunty Fine Print: Photograph by Denise Sakaki


The last Monday of May is traditionally Memorial Day, also associated with the three day weekend of summer's official start, but let's not forget why we have a Memorial Day.  It's not just about cranking up the barbecue grill or getting stuck in gridlock to spend a few precious hours on the beach -- take a moment to think about all the men and women who have sacrificed their lives, in service of their country. Not to be confused with Veteran's Day, which honors the service of all US military veterans, Memorial Day is a time of reflection for many, so if you have a moment, take some time to give thanks. 

Jaunty Fine Print: Photograph by Denise Sakaki