Life Will Break You

“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and being alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You have to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes too near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself that you tasted as many as you could.”
― Louise Erdrich

Mary Ellen Bartley

Mary Ellen Bartley’s medium of choice is books, stacked in beautiful, satisfying layers.

(via Present & Correct)


In this six-minute time lapse video, you can watch a single cell grow into an alpine newt salamander.


Rove Side Table

Hello there, Rove Side Table, by Kenyon Yeh. You beautiful! (Also comes in white)

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A Primer for Hosting Online Creative Workshops, by Priya Parker

– I am deeply inspired by this incredible, winter swimming, big-hearted human, who I am proud to call my friend: Patricia Garcia-Gomez, 54: Winter Swimming and The Power of Ritual

– ‘I love Typography’s favorite typefaces of 2020. (via)

– I think I am developing an obsession for citrus juicers. Look at this beauty!

– If you like lose tea you will LOVE this mug. Thanks for the tip, Sharon!

– Some women walk down the street with a Yoga Mat, you’d be more likely to see me with one of these Rolled Up Potting Tarps.

To Start a New Habit, Make It Easy. Removing obstacles makes it more likely you’ll achieve a new health goal. The 7-Day Well Challenge will show you how.

This map showcasing building ages in the Netherlands is fascinating.

This Twitter thread about a NYC apartment is one of the wildest things I have seen in a long time.

Cardinal Print by Berkley Illustration. My heart!

– I’d be into this Ocean Anatomy 500-Piece Puzzle

– The cheese lover in my rejoices: Cheese isn’t bad for you.

– I would give this bell lantern a loving home.

– Loving Claudia Pearson’s new Tree Collection.

These Herb Storage Containers made me giggle. Makes your herbs look like astronauts.

– Plant lovers: Here’s a post explaining How to Make Compost Tea for Plants with Banana peels, Onion skins, Eggshells and Coffee grounds

– What a lovely, graphical vase. (Why are they do not showing it with any flowers in their product photography?)

– Debbie Millman has a new columns on Print Magazine called What Matters. I am here for it.

– ‘I get better sleep’: the people who quit social media

– Beautiful Read by Craig Mod: Looking Closely is Everything. “I’d say that that huh is the foundational block of curiosity. To get good at the huh is to get good at both paying attention and nurturing compassion; if you don’t notice, you can’t give a shit. But the huh is only half the equation. You gotta go huh, alright — the “alright,” the follow-up, the openness to what comes next is where the cascade lives. It’s the sometimes-sardonic, sometimes-optimistic engine driving the next huh and so on and so forth.”

What’s a newsletter you open and read the minute you get it? Why?

– Let’s manifest an early Spring! Put some flowers on you.

The Way We Experience The World

“The way we experience the world around us is a direct reflection of the world within us.”
– Gabrielle Bernstein

Alan Watts on The Spectrum of Love

Cloud Pillow

Why are you sold out, you beautiful Oeuf Cloud Pillow?

Your Presence

“Never allow anyone to be humiliated in your presence.”
Elie Wiesel

Kiondo Market Basket

Ah, you beautiful Kiondo Market Basket, come into my life.

Minimalist Toilet Paper Stand

Gah, this is a stunning, minimalist toilet paper stand.

Wildflower Seed Confetti Cannon

I am totally into these colorful party cannons filled with confetti made out of wildflower seeds.

We Will Be Okay

Thank you Adam J.K.

Adam Grant on Design Matters

In this wonderfully deep conversation, Adam Grant discusses his new book “Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know”—and the value of checking in and checking up on yourself. Design Matters, the podcast by Debbie Millman is a gift that keeps on giving.

Magnetic Pillow Fort

This magnetic pillow fort would have made little Tina very, very happy. You can back it for 45 more hours over on Kickstarter.

Most People Don’t Grow Up

Quote by Dr. Maya Angelou shared via Cleo Wade.

How to Look Like You’re Sitting in an Invisible Chair

Sitting in an invisible chair is refreshingly weird. It made me smile. (It sure does not look comfortable.)

Daft Punk

Daft Punk break up. This is their farewell video.

Alone In A Far, Far Forest

“If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you’ll come to understand that you’re connected with everything.”
– Alan Watts

All Shall Be Well

Thank you for sharing this gem with me, Stefan.

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– When it comes to lasting romance, passion has nothing on friendship. The type of love that makes people happiest, by Arthur C. Brooks

This made me laugh out loud. Definitely the case if you have kids.

– ”The things you learn in maturity: not to engage in self-destructive behavior or burn up energy in anxiety. You learn that self-pity and resentment are among the most toxic of drugs.” —John W. Gardner (via John Maeda)

Bespoke Sunshine Coast tailor gives new life to old memories. Mr Trimble meticulously deconstructs sentimental items and repurposes them into functional clothing.

This is one colorful, visual firework Instagram account, capturing the color of Miami

– Please enjoy this live stream of 3 baby pandas. (via)

Hiking Is an Ideal Structure for Friendship, by Julie Beck

How to back up your Instagram photos.

– So simple. So good: is a simple tool that allows you to specify a list of authors, and generates an RSS feed with each author’s most recently released book. (via)

– “A challenge for anyone programming at a monopoly, a public company, a well-funded startup or even a non-profit in search of donors is this: Do you have the guts to build an algorithm you can be proud of even if it doesn’t pay off as well in the short run?” Algorithms give or they take, by Seth Godin

How Apple builds its stores

People share 30 of the funniest contact names they have in their phones. One of them: “One of my identical twins has the other twin in his phone as ‘spare parts’.

Slow Down and Write Better Emails, by Erica Dhawan

– THIS IS INCREDIBLE: Audiblogs lets you listen to any web article in your podcast player in an Audible-like voice. Use it to “read” while you exercise, cook, do house chores, etc.

Vintage radiators with built-in plate warmers. Wow.

Rams Palettes taken from Dieter Rams legendary production collection for Braun. Made by Chad Ashley. If you don’t know who Dieter Rams is, you might enjoy this documentary about his life and legacy.

If you’re good, say you’re good, by Adrienne Maree Brown

– I can’t keep up with all the supercool puzzle brands popping up. Here’s another one: Rejig. (via)

– Calling all singers, songwriters, poets, puppeteers, comedians, dancers, magicians, mimes, and everything in between for our first ever ⁦CreativeMornings/NY digital open mic on February 26, 9am.

– Did your kids love the news about a robot landing on Mars? They might love this Tattly Set.

The Free Soul

“The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it – basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them.”
– Charles Bukowski