Friday Link Pack

Here’s How You Can Help Fight Family Separation at the Border

– This story! A lonely 94-year-old man put a pool in his backyard and let kids in neighborhood use it.

A huge community where yoga is free and events promote neighborhood bonding. This sounds like the future.

10 Unusual Musical Instruments From Around the World

– “For the first time in its history, New York is, well, boring.”‘

– !!!! Woman Spends 3 Years Converting Old Bus Into Mobile Home, And It Looks Better Than Most Apartments

19 Tactics to Solve the Chicken-or-Egg Problem and Grow Your Marketplace

– What the what? Two Human Toes Were Stolen From an Anatomy Exhibit

Domino Park looks stunning!

– I love this website and Instagram account so much: Nitch. I want to have coffee with the person that runs it. Who is it?

Human feet as a geological force

– Do you have negatives or slides in your closet from the days before smartphones? I do, and I haven’t gotten around to tackling the task of transferring them into digital format. Wondering if PictoScanner is any good.

The Observers is a curious community dedicated to photography and books, an interview series in which notable photographers, curators, and filmmakers speak about the photo books that inspire their work.

– From earlier this week: Seized Belongings of Migrants

– A big thank you to Elegante Press for sponsoring my blog this week.

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The Observers

Mad respect for my friends Wesley, Paul and Jeff for launching their latest labor of love:

The Observers is a curious community dedicated to photography and books, an interview series in which notable photographers, curators, and filmmakers speak about the photo books that inspire their work.

How We View Change

“The natural ups and downs of life can either generate personal growth or create personal fears. Which of these dominate is completely dependent on how we view change.”
– Michael Singer

How many people do you need to change the world?

How many social activists does it take to change the world? No, this isn’t the setup for some lame joke. It’s a question no one really knew the answer to. Until now.

Seized Belongings of Migrants



A Janitor Preserves the Seized Belongings of Migrants. My heart.

Please Someone Take Me Here…

This is where I want to be. Right now.

Rainbow Long Exposure Photography

I can not stop looking at these rainbow long exposure photographs by Daniel Mercadante. He captured his partner running with a custom built lighting rig. So much appreciation for this. So much!

Full Rotation of the Moon

Marcus Aurelius on Life

“The only thing that isn’t worthless: to live this life out truthfully and rightly. And be patient with those who don’t.”
– Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius on Mortality and the Key to Living Fully

Pride Tattly






This Sunday New York will be out on the streets for the NYC Pride Parade. Tattly has plenty of pride themed designs for you.

A Case for Solitude and Stillness

When you surround yourself with moments of solitude and stillness, you become intimately familiar with your environment in a way that forced stimulation doesn’t allow. The world becomes richer, the layers start to peel back, and you see things for what they really are, in all their wholeness, in all their contradictions, and in all their unfamiliarity.

The Most Important Skill Nobody Taught You

Sitting Quietly in a Room Alone

“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”
– Blaise Pascal

The Most Important Skill Nobody Taught You

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

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?

– A big thank you to the Noun Project for sponsoring my blog this week.

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.