Exhaustion is a funny thing. Sometimes it sneaks up on you slowly and you gradually realize you need to get ready for bed and lay down, maybe falling asleep while reading your latest biography or memoir. Sometimes it smacks you right in the face all of the sudden and it is all you can do to keep your eyes open and your head from drooping as you take the train home. In the end it is a losing battle but you cannot help but try.

Tonight I regret watching a few too many episodes of Tiny House Hunters, foregoing ample time for reading (I’d like to start Amy Poehler’s new memoir Yes, Please. It is waiting and calling my name, and I so badly want to answer that call! But today I drove myself to the point of exhaustion, spending an hour filling out a job application at a bookstore (no idea it would take that long! I also bombed the literary quiz at the end because it was last name only to book titles…I was thinking of some different famous authors for some and got quite confused) and two hours at the New York Historical Society (worth it, but I was overcome with yawning as the amount of information and reading became too much).

Speaking of the NYHS…they have some great exhibits on right now. The photos from Selma are stunning. Most are in black and white, but they are chilling in their power and sadness. A beautiful homage to Dr. MLK Jr. and all the other leaders involved. An interesting exhibit as you are provided the photos without context and left to your own devices to recreate the scenes you are witnessing. Truly something, well worth the visit.

The next photo exhibit we perused was titled “Pilgrimage” by Annie Leibovitz. Her photos were absolutely stunning and told so many unique stories of both people and places. Capturing glimpses into history and drawing in the viewer, the images connected us to artists, writers, performers, and political figures alike. Photos connected to Eleanor Roosevelt, photos of Abraham Lincoln’s gloves, photos of where Georgia O’Keefe used to live, photos of Virginia Woolf’s home, all with vibrant colors and impeccable detail.

We saved the most text heavy exhibit for last (not on purpose, as I began to fight exhaustion as we started our last exhibit), “Chinese Exclusion/Inclusion.” Beautifully constructed and designed, thoroughly researched putting it all into historical context (and what a long and complicated history the United States shares with China and Chinese immigration). From the early trading in the late 1700s and 1800s to the gold mining, railroad construction, the heavy racism against Chinese immigrants in the US, and the paper sons & daughters. I highly recommend taking some time to check out the exhibit. Worth the time, money, and energy. Always good to support history!

And now, it is time to give in to that nagging exhaustion so I can be refreshed to work outside in the cold tomorrow.

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