Jad Abumrad at CreativeMornings/NYC

What a gift! This talk! Wow!

Last Friday, the remarkable Jad Abumrad unwrapped a gift on stage, in talk from, in front of our CreativeMornigns/NYC community.

It’s a talk about wandering and wondering. Thoughtful. Thought provoking. Beautiful. Well worth 20 min of your time.

Your heart

“A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart.”
– Von Goethe

Tree.fm

Tree.fm allows you to listen to a random forest. This is beautiful.

(Thank you Book of Joe)

Our Society Lacks Nurture

Ice Fishing Huts

Ice Fishing Huts. Made me look! Wow!

(via Present and Correct)

Artificial Skylight

I want to put these artificial skylights all over my house.

Old Made Good

I. Love. These. Prints.

And just ordered some.

Vuelta Lamp

Dear Vuelta Lamp, please come into my life.

Sebastian Curi

I love Sebastian Curi‘s bold style. Deciding what to put on my walls.

(Via Colin)

LAYLO Dog Bed

I got my dog a LAYLO dogbed. She approves! I do too – aesthetically. My favorite touch: The leather handle wraps!

RSS Anything

This site transforms any old website with a list of links into an RSS Feed.

(via Chris)

Secrets to a Well Lived Life

Dr. Gladys McGarey is 103 years old and considered the mother of Holistic Medicine. In this captivating and powerful interview, she shares the secrets to a longer, healthier, happier life. For more, we recommend Dr. Gladys’ new book: The Well-Lived Life.

Link Pack

Feist and Hundreds of Choir Members Sing ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ in Tribute to Sinéad O’Connor

– Stumbled upon this old PRINT post in which I share my dad’s Fondue recipe. A blast from the past.

Rest of the World captures tech stories from everywhere around the world outside of the West. (Via Chris)

Who got time for deep community? By Fabian Pfortmuller.

Whale bolster cushion, come into my life.

This made me giggle.

What neighborhood do you live in in NYC?

Quilt Bot will convert any image into a quilt pattern. (via)

– WOW! A Forgotten Vault Where Michelangelo Hid and Sketched For Months Opens for the First Time

How to Make Chai

– Study finds the thinking pattern predictive of success: Optimism.

“10. Don’t just resist cynicism — fight it actively”. These personal lessons from my friend Maria are beautiful!

– I dig this bee pin. Also this grumpy cat.

– Excellent read: If capitalism is a cancer, what are we? What immunology taught me about living on Earth (via DD)

– Dr.Gladys McGarey is 103 years old and considered the mother of Holistic Medicine. She shares the secrets to a longer, healthier, happier life.

Interesting thread. Loved this nugget: Energy > competence.

– I have signed up for DMAchoice to opt out of physical junk mail. It seems to be working.

– The other day I wore this Flower Tattly by Lara Maju and so many thought it was real. Still makes me chuckle when people think I’d actually get a real tattoo.

I follow Caroline Weaver on Instagram and thoroughly enjoy her small independent store shopping adventures. She curates Locavore, a NYC digital directory for IRL shopping.

Wave Tape Dispenser

Gasp! What a sculptural beauty of a tape dispenser. Designed by Todd. St.John.

50

Yesterday was big: Happy my 50th birthday to you! Here are a few of my intentions for the new year:

– Keep slowing down. (Notice how everything’s still happening? Nothing is breaking.)

– Remember to stay open. (Whatever you do, don’t close. If your body wants to close, lean into curiosity.)

– Notice what you’re noticing. (Embrace being fully present. Gently notice when I am not. Redirect.)

– Feel that!? (It’s the universe holding you. Say thank you!)

– Ask yourself: What if it was easy (Recognize openings and moments of ease.)

– Experiencing a hard moment? Instead of getting frustrated lean into: “Huh, isn’t that interesting!?” (Life bumps are your teachers.)

– You’re never stuck. (A belief is a thought we keep on thinking. You can change your thoughts.)

– See beauty in everything. (The magic is in you!)

– Declutter. (Your outer world is a reflection of your inner world.)

– Say what you need. (People will still love you.)

– Talk to your plants and your house. (They can hear you!)

– Invest in linen sheets! (Celebrate and love on the things you own!)

– Truth always expands. (Pay attention to your body’s reactions to things.)

– Love is real. (It starts with you. Never withhold love.)

– Always follow the excitement! (Fun is a plenty good reason to do something, even in business.)

– Gently hold yourself to a high standard. (Always add that extra layer of love.)

– Soften even more. (You have to soften to receive!)

– Dance. (Look for disco balls. And, hang a few yourself.)

– Keep expecting miracles.

Thank you for visiting my digital garden. I haven’t been posting as much as I’d like to recently. But, I am still here! Sending you love from Brooklyn!

How Language Shapes Thought

What an incredibly fascinating talk by Lera Boroditsky on how language structure shapes thought! Highly recommend!

The Opposite of Addiction

“The opposite of addiction is not sobriety, the opposite of addiction is connection.”

Heard here. And here’s the full TED talk by Johann Hari. (Thanks for the comment, Pablo)

The Third Thing

“What we did: love. We did not spend our days gazing into each other’s eyes. We did that gazing when we made love or when one of us was in trouble, but most of the time our gazes met and entwined as they looked at a third thing. Third things are essential to marriages, objects or practices or habits or arts or institutions or games or human beings that provide a site of joint rapture or contentment. Each member of a couple is separate; the two come together in double attention.”

The Third Thing by Donald Hall

I am Not Sure That I Exist

“I am not sure that I exist, actually. I am all the writers that I have read, all the people that I have met, all the women that I have loved; all the cities I have visited.”

― Jorge Luis Borges

Now is Better

The conversation starts at 16:47

We closed out our CreativeMornings/NYC year with a conversation between two design legends, Debbie Millman and Stefan Sagmeister. I love Stefan’s orientation towards optimism and urging us to think longterm. Jump to the start of their conversation by clicking here and skipping over all the intros. You can buy Now Is Better Book here.

Things That Aren’t Doing The Thing

“Preparing to do the thing isn’t doing the thing.

Scheduling time to do the thing isn’t doing the thing.

Making a to-do list for the thing isn’t doing the thing.

Telling people you’re going to do the thing isn’t doing the thing.

Messaging friends who may or may not be doing the thing isn’t doing the thing.

Writing a banger tweet about how you’re going to do the thing isn’t doing the thing.

Hating on yourself for not doing the thing isn’t doing the thing. Hating on other people who have done the thing isn’t doing the thing. Hating on the obstacles in the way of doing the thing isn’t doing the thing.

Fantasizing about all of the adoration you’ll receive once you do the thing isn’t doing the thing.

Reading about how to do the thing isn’t doing the thing. Reading about how other people did the thing isn’t doing the thing. Reading this essay isn’t doing the thing.

The only thing that is doing the thing is doing the thing.”

Things that aren’t doing the thing

On Bringing People Together

The wonderful Madeleine Dore interviewed me for her podcast/newsletter A Social Life with Friends. You can listen to it on Spotify or Apple iTunes. And you can read her Substack post here.

I love love love love how Madeleine shows up in the world – her thoughtfulness – the sparkles she sends out into the world with all of her projects.

Karl Lagerfeld Home Library

Gasp! This library!

The Poem

Clever.