Rules for Being Human


Signs of Healing

“More observing, less judging.
More responding, less reacting.
More self-love, less sabotage.
More boundaries, less resentments.
More inner peace, less outer chaos.
More clarity, less confusion.
More being, less doing.
More faith, less fear.”


Old Friends

“Old friends cannot be created out of hand. Nothing can match the treasure of common memories, of trials endured together, of quarrels and reconciliations and generous emotions.”
— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


“Society is not some grand abstraction, my friends. It’s just us. It’s the words we use, which are the thoughts we have, which determine the actions we take.”
– Umair Haque

Escher-esque Chinese Bookstore

Mirrored ceilings and criss-crossed stairwells give this Chinese bookstore the feeling of an M.C. Escher Woodcut. Wow!

Anything By Itself

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.”
— John Muir

Bibo Bee Hotel

Bibo Bee Hotel is here to help solitary bees who are struggling to find a natural place to hibernate.

The Anti-CEO Playbook

SO MUCH YES! This talk by Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya resonates so deeply.

Endless Rain Record

This atmospheric record has circular grooves on its “drop” side, allowing raindrop sounds to loop endlessly. Lovely.

Idea Mist

This idea mist room spray made me laugh.

Friday Link Pack

77 Life Rules for Photographers

An incomplete list of 30 things I learned in 30 years

– Stunning! Murmuration: 10,000 Porcelain Birds Create a Calligraphic Landscape at the National Gallery of Victoria

10 Things to Remember About Memorial Day

Mark One is one of my favorite pens.

– I dig this lucky clover object.

Heartwarming thread about Floyd Martin, a mailman of 35 years.

An Old-School Photo Birthday Cake. FUN!

– I know some folks who would proudly wear this Spreadsheet Hat.

Pasta machine. Fascinating.

– This brass apple paper weight is ideal to keep a cook book open while cooking. Also, pretty.

Defeated vs Inspired Thinking.

– This is fascinating: Emoji are showing up in court cases exponentially, and courts aren’t prepared

– Now this is a tea light candle holder I can get behind.

– These plant stands are cute.

Happy Stripe Keds

– Not that I would ever buy a Lacoste T-Shirt, but this made me look: Lacoste swaps famous crocodile logo for ten endangered species

– An ongoing series of digital mobiles by illustrator and animation director Jimmy Simpson.

Silver Peace Sign Scuplture

– “This is the difference between profit and true wealth.” —

This makes me uncomfortable but I can’t stop looking.

Wear a rainbow.

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– A big thank you to Parsons at Open Campus for sponsoring my blog and RSS Feed this week.

Virtual Choir

Completely mesmerized by Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir. The Virtual Choir is a global phenomenon, creating a user-generated choir that brings together singers from around the world and their love of music in a new way through the use of technology. Singers record and upload their videos from locations all over the world. Each one of the videos is then synchronised and combined into one single performance to create the Virtual Choir.

(I recently started a real life choir, inspired by James Sill’s CreativeMornings “talk: last December!)

Create A “Noticing Wall” For Your Kid

I love the idea of a Noticing Wall – a zero-pressure space for parents and kids to write notes to each other, ask questions, jot down fun things you learned, and make plans. I’ll definitely give this a try!

My Mind

This made me giggle.

All of the Colors

I know I shouldn’t have a favorite Tattly, but I do. All of the Colors by Jason Polan just launched and has already won my heart!

Opportunities are Attached to People

“Every opportunity is attached to a person. Opportunities do not float like clouds in the sky. They’re attached to people. If you’re looking for an opportunity — including one that has a financial payoff — you’re really looking for a person.”
Ben Casnocha


My Dad, the Facebook Addict

“I have a folder on my computer full of memes!” This is sad and funny at the same time. So many emotions. My Dad, the Facebook Addict

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How Does EMDR Work?

Been hearing a lot about EMDR recently. Would any of you have any experience with this type of therapy?

In Search of Knowledge

“We are, finally, all wanderers in search of knowledge. Most of us hold the dream of becoming something better than we are, something larger, richer, in some way more important to the world and ourselves. Too often, the way taken is the wrong way, with too much emphasis on what we want to have, rather than what we wish to become.”
— Louis L’Amour

(via Farnamstreet)

Dime-Bag Spectrum

Love this dime-bag spectrum. Hayden is such a creative soul.


“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”
— Dr. Seuss

Friday Link Pack

Megan Poe is a psychiatrist and interpersonal psychoanalyst who teaches one of New York University’s most popular and fastest-growing classes. Her topic? Love!

The most disruptive office distractions, ranked. (#12 made me laugh)

This t-shirt keeps making me giggle.

– “Anger is one of the densest forms of communication. It conveys more information, more quickly, than almost any other type of emotion.”

Downlink updates your desktop background with the newest images of Earth. (Mac OSX) (via Chris)

10 Fun Facts about the New TWA Hotel at JFK Airport

Banana Peel Art

Let’s all wear cats on our collars.

– Resonance: How to Open Doors For Other People

– “My Plants Understand Me”-Pin.

– These delicate hand-blown glass tubes each contain a unique piece of nature sealed within them.

Toro Y Moi Tinydesk Concert

– “I worry more about the subtle, pervasive draining out of meaning, of intimate contact, from our society and our culture.” The Machine Stops

Why Do Birds Fly in a V-Formation?

– “The collective noun for a group of pugs is a grumble.”116 Amazing Facts for People Who Like Amazing Facts

– Tattly is running a 25-50% off Tin Sale today. Tattly tins are a party in a box.

– The CreativeGuild is a global directory of creative companies.

– A big thank you to Parsons at Open Campus for sponsoring my blog and RSS Feed this week.

Brick Mode

“When my phone is in Brick™ Mode and I’m completely disconnected from the internet (at dinner with a friend, on a hike, or reading a book) anyone who texts me will get an automatic reply saying that I’m off my phone and I’ll get back to them when I’ve reconnected. This simple auto-reply relieves my “always on” pressure because I know that anyone who texts knows I haven’t seen the message yet.”

How I Hacked My iPhone’s “Do Not Disturb While Driving” Function and Significantly Improved My Life

(via Jocelyn)