Goat towers are a thing?
In this six-minute time lapse video, you can watch a single cell grow into an alpine newt salamander.
Big thanks to Kevin Kelly for sharing Am I Part of The Problem? It’s an interactive (and empathic) tool that will walk you through how to apologize. Kevin also describes in his post: “It also helps you understand the difference between intent and impact and the different ways you can make amends — direct, indirect or by example. It’s not designed to make you feel better about yourself, but instead is a useful practice in accountability.”
“The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.”
— Mary Oliver
Amanda Gorman took my breath away during today’s inauguration.
I cried my eyes out when Kamala Harris was sworn in. Madame Vice President! What a moment!
“That moment of waking is an incredible opportunity, and it’s quite a tragedy if you go straight to your to-do list.”
– David Whyte
As individuals, if we want to be creative, we need to give ourselves space to play and experiment without a set agenda. Amos Tversky famously said that the secret to doing good work is being a little unemployed so you always have hours in the day to waste as you wish. During that wasted time, you’ll likely have your best, most creative ideas.
“Life isn’t about finding yourself.
Life is about creating yourself.”
— George Bernard Shaw
For my German speaking followers: I just remembered this gem from Loriot. So delightful. Weirdly appropriate for 2020.
In one sentence:
What do you wish someone had told you when you were a kid?
— Orange Book ?? (@orangebook_) November 27, 2020
Click through for the responses on this thread.
My response was: Your body will tell you what is right for you and what is not. (Jobs, friends, homes, … really anything) It all comes down to resonance.
Thank you Kottke for surfacing this fascinating piece on raising children in a gender-neutral way. Thought provoking.
This speech by Valarie Kaur made me weep a few months ago while walking through a Brooklyn park. Listen to the very end. It’s powerful. So very powerful.
I am beyond thrilled and honored that Valarie is our guest at CreativeMornings/NYC this Thursday, November 19th.
I wish everyone on this planet would read her book See No Stranger – A memoir and manifesto of revolutionary love.
I am humbled I’ll get to be in conversation with Valarie this Thursday at 4:30pm ET. Join us. (It’s free.)
I loved this video in which Tim Ferriss breaks down how he reads and synthesizes books. Super interesting.
Highly recommend surrounding yourself with honorable, courageous, generous, supportive, no-bullshit women who make you want to show up to their level. Above all of changes I’ve made, and the personal work I’ve done, this has made the greatest difference in my life.
— Jennifer Romolini (@jennromolini) November 11, 2020
I feeling this Tweet. I have sensed an intense desire in me recently to surround myself with strong, courageous, generous women. I am lucky I have so many of them in my life. Women lifting each other up is glorious.
1. Remind yourself that time is valuable and once it’s spent you absolutely can’t get it back.
2. Ask yourself: “Would I be willing to do this thing tomorrow?” It’s easy to sign yourself up for something in April when it’s only September. Do your future self a favor and try this little exercise.
3. Respond quickly. Don’t leave people hanging once you know you’re saying no.
4. Own your “no” if it’s not a priority (because something else actively is): “Thanks so much for thinking of me. I’m not going to be able to take this on, but I wish you the best with X.”
5. Reframe your “no” to assuage your guilt (if it’s something you genuinely wish you had time for). Acknowledge that this commitment is significant to you, even if you’re not taking it on. A good sample script: “This is so important that it deserves someone’s full energy, and since I can’t do that because I have XYZ other things, I would be dishonoring the importance of this event/role/weekend getaway by saying yes.”