“The only time we really know what’s really going on is when the rug’s been pulled out from underneath us and we can’t find anywhere to land.
Things falling apart is a kind of testing and also a kind of healing. We think that the point is to pass the test or to overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It’s just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.
We never know if we’re going to fall flat or sit up tall. When there’s a big disappointment, we don’t know if that’s the end of the story or the beginning of a great adventure.”
—Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times
A big thank you to Tekuno for sponsoring my blog this week.
Tekuno is a San Francisco tea company that works directly with producers to showcase the world of Japanese green teas (and matcha!). Their small team travels to Japan each year—COVID notwithstanding—to source teas based upon a simple philosophy: find teas that are expressive in aroma, flavor, and texture; choose teas that reshape how we think teas should taste; and seek small scale producers with whom they can have a close relationship. And if you need a tea recommendation, they’re always happy to help via email or Instagram DMs.
“To refuse to participate in the shaping of our future is to give it up. Do not be misled into passivity either by false security (they don’t mean me) or by despair (there’s nothing we can do). Each of us must find our work and do it.”
— Audre Lorde
This is fascinating.
– There’s a serious shortage of poll workers for this year’s US presidential election. You can volunteer to be one! Learn more here.
– This headline would have made no sense a year ago. Now, with two kids remote schooling, it made me click not he link: Let Your Kids Bike in Place While They Zoom
– These carved tree leaves are stunning.
– This Chrome/Firefox extension adds helpful features to your Twitter web experience: stay on the chronological timeline forever, move Retweets to a separate timeline, remove sidebar content (Trends, Who to Follow), and a lot more. My Twitter experiences just got way better. (Thanks Kai)
– This documentary over on Netflix is pretty amazing: My Octopus Teacher is the story of a filmmaker who forges an unusual friendship with an octopus living in a South African kelp forest.
– Shahed Khan built a tool that allows you to quickly share your calendar availability inside of Gmail.
– This arch table made me look.
– This Mouse Rubber Boat made me chuckle.
– I love how Kottke shares in this post how he was able to flip the narrative in his head about how he sees and approaches winter season. I keep reminding myself all the time that it is in *my* power how I feel, at all times.
– Uhm… yes, I would love to own this vacuum jug by Eva Solo.
– Mushrooms are having a moment.
– This is an oddly soothing time-lapse: Broccoli sprouts growing in a jar
– A cat scratcher rainbow? Uhm, yeah, that’s funny.
– I like this simple phone sling by OAD
“The habitual tendency when things get tough is that we protect ourselves, we get hard, we get rigid. But…that’s the time to soften and see how we might play or dance with the situation.”
— Jeff Bridges
Beautiful video for Paul Kalkbrenner’s new single by London-based director Taisia Deeva.
The world needs more poetic humans like Tom Lawton. He is the creator of Uplift, a solar-powered sculpture designed to soothe the soul that’s made from waste fishing nets.
These photos of cats invading their owners personal space made me laugh. They won’t leave their owners’ side as they go to the bathroom be it for a shower, bath or to use the toilet.
“Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.”
“Leave the door open for the unknown, the door into the dark. That’s where the most important things come from, where you yourself came from, and where you will go.”
— Rebecca Solnit
“Fight for the things that you are about,
but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”
— Ruth Bader Ginsburg