The postings below are a collage of random musings, links to cool content on the web, books I am reading, music I am listening to, articles that don't fit in a broader category, and more: the idiosyncrasies, the stuff that's not like the other stuff.
The journey is to fill your belly with the unknown. The journey is to fill the unknown with yourself. Most of the questions you ask in your life are never supposed to have a reasonable answer. They are supposed to lead you to wander and wonder. You get choice but you don't get answers. I f I acknowledge my buried treasure, my own value, I have to then make decisions of a higher quality. So I bury it and I act like a pirate: wild and reckless.
If you haven't come across the viral YouTube video of Pharrell discovering Maggie Roger's track during an NYU music class, take a listen below. Haunting, original, lyrical, and wholly unique: it's on regular rotation in the OPS studio. Have a favorite to share? Send a link!
This newsletter / lifestyle resource is sure of voice, http://www.onbeing.org/blog/mary-oliver-the-fourth-sign-of-the-zodiac-part-3/8889
Eight years ago I tore a page out of Interior Design magazine showcasing Gilhooly's wire sculpture and have been religiously sorting it back to the top of my "wow pictures to look at" pile. Her forms are organic and geometric, romantic and architectural — and cast shadows equally intriguing to look at. More recent work includes the exuberant Balls for the Wall. Check out her site to see what keeps me looking.
From the blurb that inspired me to purchase the book: "The Rise explores the inestimable value of often ignored ideas — the power of surrender for fortitude, the criticality of play for innovation, and the propulsion of the near win on the road to mastery, the importance of grit and creative practice." Sounds like a recipe for good living and good working.
Visual literacy is increasingly urgent today. Engaged global citizenship requires grappling with pictures.
I discovered Mari Andrew's Instagram feed through the usual algorithmic down-the-rabbit-hole labyrinth of social media. Her self-deprecating humor, vulnerable observations, and quirky line drawings are consistently charming.
I read this blog most weekends, during early morning coffee and while scratching the belly of the furry beast who shares my home. Some posts, like this one about Mary Oliver, are special favorites. As a go-to source for reasonable, calming discourse in the madness of our times, On Being works.
If you haven’t read the lyrical and powerful Eating Stone: Imagination and the Loss of the Wild by Ellen Meloy, do yourself a favor and check a copy out of the library. “An inspired reflection on the bond between wild creatures and the human imagination, told as a chronicle of four seasons with a band of rare desert bighorn sheep.”