On Sunday morning I was reading Zebra Sounds, one of my favorite blogs that (for the most part) doesn’t involve news, politics or sports, when I came across a name I hadn’t seen in three years: Amy Krouse Rosenthal.
On Saturday, Judy Clement Wall (who writes the Zebra Sounds blog) posted a video called “The Beckoning of Lovely,” an ongoing film project by Rosenthal. (You can find the video by clicking here. It is worth watching. Bonus: It was filmed in Chicago near Cloud Gate, a.k.a., “The Bean.”) The next day, Judy unveiled her “amazing, wonderful, big fat fun idea,” based on Rosenthal’s film, to “make a bunch of stuff.” It’s an inspired idea, which you can read about in more detail by clicking here.
Anyway, when I came across Rosenthal’s name on Judy’s blog, something clicked in my head. I knew I had seen that name before. I walked into my den and removed a book from the bottom shelf of one of my bookcases. I was right — I have a book by Rosenthal: Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, which I was given as a Christmas gift in 2005 by my friend Rich, who is a regular reader of The Bread Line. I read the book shortly after I received it, but hadn’t thought about it since then — until now.
There really isn’t much of a point to this blog post except to say it’s amazing how connected the denizens of my little corner of the blogosphere are — even the ones who don’t know each other in any capacity beyond The Bread Line. Consider that Rosenthal is a Chicago author — local to Rich and I — yet Judy, who lives in California, knows of her and wrote about her film project. It seems Walt Disney was right — it is a small world, after all.