Black and White Outdoor Rug

Oh, I love this stripe-y outdoor rug.

Walk on Water

The WaterMat‘ is a non-inflatable, floating mat that’s basically a portable island. The mat can hold up to 1,200 pounds and rolls up for easy transportation making it perfect for your next lake adventure. FUN!

Understanding the Teenage Brain

Why do teenagers seem so much more impulsive, so much less self-aware than grown-ups? Cognitive neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore compares the prefrontal cortex in adolescents to that of adults, to show us how typically “teenage” behavior is caused by the growing and developing brain.

Being on The Water

“You wanna be on the water? How do you wanna be on the water? You wanna be on a yacht or you wanna be on a surfboard? I wanna be on a surfboard. I don’t wanna deal with a yacht. That’s a yacht. Some people want a yacht to say See my yacht.”
– Jerry Seinfeld

Here’s The Thing | WNYC Studios

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Planet Coasters

I would enjoy using this Planet Coaster Set.

Friday Link Pack (on a Thursday!)

– This vintage pin made me laugh out loud.

– “In every endeavor that isn’t already easy for you, progress requires you to move into certain uncomfortable feelings with regularity. So it makes sense, if you can, to interpret those feelings as good, rewarding, and reassuring—even though they aren’t, in and of themselves, pleasant.” The Art of Enjoying The Burn (via)

– I feel this: Live to Make Enamel Sign

– This Best Bud + Patch card is adorable.

In Praise of Extreme Moderation

– A resource for learning about indigenous territories, languages and treaties native-land.ca

– “de-personalizing” the situation by viewing feedback as useful data rather than an attack on your character. Pay attention to the facts you’ve received rather than your emotional response to it, and compartmentalize the feedback by incorporating only what’s useful to you. How to deal with negative feedback

– Meg Lewis created a self-discovery workbook and video series empowering to be you, called FullTimeYou. This looks fun.

– This Tweet on dating made me laugh, then sigh.

How to Work Alone, by Paul Jun

– I captured my favorite NYC moment of this week. It was glorious!

– An old mobile home turned into a swimming pool. So cool!

– I am a huge Raceltte fan and own a big Raclette grill, but I am tempted to get one of these small ones for a dinner of two.

Thoughts of dog. Made me chuckle.

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– “The point is, when you’ve been conducting your working life at the speed of a freight train, it takes quite a long time to roll to a stop and/or point yourself in a new direction—toward a new way of being, living, and working.” Confessions of a Burnt Out Over-Achiever

– I am collecting favorite songs to dance to. What is yours?

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Purpose of A Gathering

“We get lulled into the false belief that knowing the category of the gathering—the board meeting, workshop, birthday party, town hall—will be instructive to designing it. But we often choose the template—and the activities and structure that go along with it—before we’re clear on our purpose.”
– Priya Parker

The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters

Goals!

(This post was originally titled “Happy Friday”. Yes, I was a bit confused this morning.)

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Play

Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”
― Fred Rogers

Container Unit VO

This airline container would make a cool nightstand.

Favorite Song to Dance To

What’s your favorite song that you simply can not sit still to? Add in a comment below!

Urban Heroes

I live for these joyful NYC moments: I stood on a subway platform waiting for a train to arrive when these two women showed up, casually taking an impressive amount of balloons onto the subway. Urban heroes! Swipe right to see the video. Watch the guy on the right very very slowly realize what’s happening. I LOVE NYC!

Wooden Doorstop

This minimal wooden doorstop gets my two thumbs up.

Papa Felt Trivet

This Felt Trivet is a thing of beauty.

They / Them Enamel Pronoun Pin

Last week, while buying new prescription glasses, the lovely person at the store was wearing this pin. It resulted in a wonderfully honest, open conversation around gender. It was a lovely moment. This pin made it happen. More of this.

100% of profits are donated to Camp Aranu’tiq, a nonprofit program serving transgender & gender-variant youth and their families.

Three Ways to Ultimate Success

“There are three ways to ultimate success:
The first way is to be kind.
The second way is to be kind.
The third way is to be kind.”
― Fred Rogers

Books capes

Functional sculptures to display your favorite books. Love.

Everimal

The talented Lucas Zanotto launched a new book, it’s called Everimal. I am a big fan of his books, apps and illustrations. You can even wear some of them, as Tattly.

Yes To All The Love

Yes to all the love Bandana. I’d wear it.

Successful Human Relationship

“If you mount two clock pendulums side by side on the wall, they will gradually begin to swing together. They synchronize each other by picking up tiny vibrations they each transmit through the wall.

Any two things that oscillate at about the same interval, if they’re physically near each other, will gradually tend to lock in and pulse at exactly the same interval. Things are lazy. It takes less energy to pulse cooperatively than to pulse in opposition. Physicists call this beautiful, economical laziness mutual phase locking, or entrainment.

All living beings are oscillators. We vibrate. Amoeba or human, we pulse, move rhythmically, change rhythmically; we keep time. You can see it in the amoeba under the microscope, vibrating in frequencies on the atomic, the molecular, the sub-cellular, and the cellular levels. That constant, delicate, complex throbbing is the process of life itself made visible.

We huge many-celled creatures have to coordinate millions of different oscillation frequencies, and interactions among frequencies, in our bodies and our environment. Most of the coordination is effected by synchronizing the pulses, by getting the beats into a master rhythm, by entrainment.

Like the two pendulums, though through more complex processes, two people together can mutually phase-lock. Successful human relationship involves entrainment — getting in sync. If it doesn’t, the relationship is either uncomfortable or disastrous.”

– Ursula K. Le Guin

Telling Is Listening: Ursula K. Le Guin on the Magic of Real Human Conversation

(Thank you Michelle)

Heaven

“The connections we make in the course of a life–maybe that’s what heaven is.”
― Fred Rogers

I just went down a massive internet rabbit hole watching Mr. Rogers clips on YouTube. In this one, Mr. Rogers moved an entire room to tears when he got up to receive his Life Achievement Award at the Emmys in 1997. Instead of going on about his accomplishments and listing off a bunch of thank-yous, he asked everyone to take 10 seconds “to think of the people who have helped you become who you are, those who cared about you and wanted what was best for you in life.” “I’ll count the time,” he said gently, looking at his watch.

What a remarkable man! A ball of love!