“Whenever we touch nature we get clean. People who have got dirty through too much civilization take a walk in the woods, or a bath in the sea. Entering the unconscious, entering yourself through dreams, is touching nature from the inside and this is the same thing, things are put right again.”
— Carl Jung
Wine Windows, or buchette del vino, are little hatches which were originally used to sell surplus wine direct to Florence’s working class. These wine windows are unique to Florence and Tuscany, and were once a normal part of everyday life here. Now, several wine windows have re-opened for the first time in generations, and are being used to serve food and drinks in a socially distanced way. This makes me happy.
“Don’t just aspire to make a living, aspire to make a difference”. — Denzel Washington
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I love Jacinda Ardern. So much.
Now that I am going into the office a bit more often, I had to find a mask that I don’t mind wearing all day. I tried a few different ones and have really come to like the feel of the OAD Face Mask. It fits snug and feels soft. Do you have a mask you love?
Update: A reader just reached out to me saying that these masks (poly/spandex blends) are apparently one of the least effective fabrics to protect you and others. Nooo.
The converted candy factory in Brooklyn is home to artists from all over the world who, thanks to landlord Ann Ballentine. They have cultivated their own sense of community in New York for more than 40 years. Thank you InStyle Magazine for this beautiful feature. Read the full article.
(My office landlords Frank and Mario, owners of The Invisible Dog Artist Building, deserve the same kind of tribute!)
Are your kids bored and missing their friends? Young designers can learn and make new friends online at the Museum of Design Atlanta’s live-instruction camps and after-school classes.
From Minecraft to skateboarding, video games to sustainability, and Animal Crossings to architecture, MODA’s got lots of ways to keep kids having fun while improving their STEM and design skills.
Check out the camps and after-school programs here.
“Ask yourself honestly: are you looking for a steady, predictable life? Is this what you want? If so, you must realize that the world cannot offer you this. Everything in the world is in the process of change. Nothing is steady. Nothing is predictable. Nothing will give you anything other than temporary security. Toughts come and go. Relationships begin and end. Bodies are born and pass away. This is all the world can offer you: impermanence, growth, change.”
— Paul Ferrini
From the book Love Without Conditions
You can now rent a “backyard” on the waterfront at Pier 17. The Seaport District rooftop has set up 28 mini lawns with cabana-style lounge chairs, umbrellas, Yeti Coolers, USB ports and more that you can reserve this summer. ⠀
This pretty much sums up the insane weird that is summer 2020 in NYC. I want to cry!
Kissa by Kissa: How to Walk Japan (Book One) is a book about walking 1,000+km of the countryside of Japan along the ancient Nakasendō highway, the culture of toast (toast!), and mid-twentieth century Japanese cafés called kissaten.
“If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy,
don’t hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty
of lives and whole towns destroyed or about
to be. We are not wise, and not very often
kind. And much can never be redeemed.
Still, life has some possibility left. Perhaps this
is its way of fighting back, that sometimes
something happens better than all the riches
or power in the world. It could be anything,
but very likely you notice it in the instant
when love begins. Anyway, that’s often the
case. Anyway, whatever it is, don’t be afraid
of its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb.”
– Mary Oliver
“Stop measuring days by degree of productivity, and start experiencing them by degree of presence.”
— Alan Watts
A few minutes ago, we launched our yearly, crazy big birthday sale over at Tattly. I am feeling quite emotional about it as I honestly wasn’t sure earlier this year if we would make it to 9. We persisted and now I am hoping we will make it to 10. I love this little mighty company so much. I bootstrapped Tattly with my amazing team and have paid out of 1.4 million in artist royalties to our artists. I am proud of that! Thank you to all of you who have supported us over the years, who have helped spread good art and joy. I appreciate you! And if you feel so inclined, go stock up on some wearable fun. It’s easy to ship to friends!
ps: If this pandemic has taught me one thing: SHOP SMALL! Your direct orders makes a huge difference (hello there, bigger margins!). Found something on Amazon you want? Make an effort, look up the brand’s website and order directly. If we don’t, only Amazon and highly funded startups will be left.