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We All Have Hurt Someone

Bee Charm


Bees are the quintessential collaborators, strong and focused. I’d wear this bee charm.

Please Wash Hands

Please Wash Hands. Pretty, please.

The Great Mental Models Project

This new book by Farnam Street covers the first 9 mental models that we refer to as the General Thinking Concepts. A thorough understanding of these will improve the way you approach problems, consider opportunities, and make difficult decisions.

The Great Mental Models is a project by Farnam Street to help equalize opportunity in the world by making a high-quality education free and available to everyone.

Their newsletter is one of my favorites. Always super thoughtful and thought provoking. You can sign up here.

The Speed of Achievement

Two remarkable women in conversation: On Jocelin K. Glei’s latest Hurry Slowly episode, designer Debbie Millman brings the real talk about her struggle with being an over-achiever. In a world tailored to deliver instant gratification, how do we accept the idea that making anything worthwhile takes time?

Politeness vs Kindness

“Manners matter, but at the end of the day, politeness is cold comfort.

Politeness is rote memory. It comes from the mind, not the heart. And people can feel that — both the giver and the receiver can sense the shallowness off the interaction.

But kindness is all heart. When we are kind, we are sharing the light within us to make another person’s burden a little lighter.

Not because it’s the mannerly thing to do. But because it’s a human thing to do. And when we interact with people in this whole-hearted way, it can lift the vibrations of the entire room.”

— Dr. Laura Berman

Trilby Nelson Blanket

On my trip to Santa Fe last week I bought this blanket by Trilby Nelson. It not only looks but also feels beautiful.

Habits of Lucky People

Friday Link Pack

This moon footage speed up is currently my favorite thing on the internet.

– The Times Machine lets you access 150 years of New York Times Journalism. Amazing.

– A giant banana pool float. Ha!

50 Things Amy Sedaris Can’t Live Without (via Chris)

– Two new podcasts on my radar: Time Sensitive and Going Through It.

– I got to see Elijah Ray in concert tonight. He is incredible.

– I want to go here.

– This made me chuckle: Three professional Japanese footballers play against one hundred children. (via)

Constellations on your ceiling (via Chris)

– “Whereas mentors dole out words of wisdom, coaches roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty. They don’t just believe in our potential; they get in the arena to help us realize our potential.” Mentors Are Good. Coaches Are Better

– So how do you get to Sesame Street? New York finally reveals the location

– I am intrigued by this tiny knock-off NOKIA phone

What is the Green New Deal?

Excellent thread filled with lots of recommended designer talks.

– “The feeling creates the healing.

– My daughter is officially a Tween and this podcast conversation about how to deal with Teens was just what I needed to listen to.

– This Olive Cake looks yum.

– Wow! Shuudan Koudou Is the Japanese Art of Synchronized Precision Walking

– From earlier this week: How to save our planet

– Psst.. Free shipping this weekend over at Tattly.

– “The nicest applicants came through your job board!” We hear this a lot. I am proud of it. Go hire some nice folks.

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What Creative Type Are You?

This little quiz helps you find out your creative type. Fun and oh-so-visually pleasing. (Apparently I am the visionary type. I’ll take that.)

Well done, Adobe!

On Children

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.

— Kahlil Gibran

Hummingbird Tattly

Hummingbird Tattly by NYC based Illustrator Chris Buzelli.

Photography by Brooke DiDonato

Brooke DiDonato has a photographic eye that makes me gasp. Beautiful!

Rumble Language

… The story I make up
… I am curious about
… Tell me more
… That is not my experience
… I’m wondering
… Help me understand
… Walk me through
… What’s your passion around this
… Tell me why this doesn’t fit/work for you

These are a few of Brené Brown’s favorite questions and sentence starters during hard conversations, when she feels herself reaching for her favorite armor (perfectionism, anger, being the knower, trying to control, emotional intensity, getting critical). In those moments she tries to remember that the antidote to armoring up is staying curious.

I will use this.

Unconditional Love

“When you are in the presence of unconditional love, that is the optimum environment for your heart to open, because you feel safe, because you realize nobody wants anything from. you. The minute that heart opens, you are once again letting in the flow.”
— Ram Dass

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How to Save Our Planet

(via Kottke)

Porter To-Go Bowls

This travel container made me look. Stylish, and according to my friend Katherine, completely air tight. She biked with it to work and nothing spilled, even tough the contents were soupy. Katherine doesn’t exaggerate. I must buy.

Shaolin Kung Fu training From Space

This is wild.

Four of My Favorite Products


The OGs of the internet, Kevin Kelly and Mark Frauenfelder interviewed me for their wonderful Cool Tools podcast. In this conversation, with a lot of giggles, I share four of my favorite products: An inflatable FREITAG Travel bag, a Raclette grill, a blow dryer and my favorite thermos tumblr. (Quite an experience to talk with two men about a blow drier!) You can listen to the episode above and see links to the products here.

I Love the Brits!

Thousands were running the London Marathon this weekend and this incredible chap decided to run it dressed up as Big Ben. The ending is everything. So much credit to the human behind this costume. (He ran the whole marathon like this!)

Google Street View Camera Selfies

Google’s street view camera taking photos of itself in mirrors. Scifi wonderfulness. Made me giggle.

(via Daniel)

Smiley Basketball

This smiley basketball is fun.