A Brief History & Ethos of the Digital Garden

A garden is a collection of evolving ideas that aren’t strictly organised by their publication date. They’re inherently exploratory – notes are linked through contextual associations. They aren’t refined or complete – notes are published as half-finished thoughts that will grow and evolve over time. They’re less rigid, less performative, and less perfect than the personal websites we’re used to seeing.

Great read: A Brief History & Ethos of the Digital Garden

Andres Amador’s Earthscapes

What a beautiful soul: Andrews Amador.

Not Judgmental

“Be curious, not judgmental.”
– Walt Whitman

Book Bedroom Dreams

It’s not real, but it’s beautiful.

Digital Gardens

“…as I wander the internet, I wonder where the digital gardens are that will connect me to fellow gardeners more deeply. More often than not, the digital gardens of today are botanic—privately owned online spaces made for visitors to fawn over while a “do not touch” sign looms in view. These private gardens are generative for our personal learning, but they are far from the communal gardens I grew up in that valued collective work and knowledge. Where are the digital gardens that lead us towards collective learning, play, and dreaming?”

On Digital Gardens: Tending to Our Collective Multiplicity by Annika Hansteen-Izora

(Thank you Annie)

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(via Chris)

– I love moss. I’d wear this.

The color of the NYC sky. Scroll a bit back and you’ll see the orange tint from a few days ago caused by the Canadian wildfires. Here’s what it looked like.

Real-Life Infrastructure That Looks Like Sci-Fi

– I am in love with the A.OK body oil. And the packaging makes me swoon. Such a good gift!

– The kid in me is totally into this Anatomy Stamp Set

This is a beautiful, modern outdoor rug. Discovered via Anna.

What a simple yet fun browser-based game. Play it with with your smart phone or table. (Thank you Steve)

This Whale Bolster Cushion made me gasp! YES PLEASE!

– THIS! A violinist played for 45 minutes in a New York subway. A handful of people stopped, a couple clapped, and the violinist managed to raise about $30 in tips. No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best musicians in the world. In that subway, Joshua played one of the most intricate pieces ever written with a violin worth 3.5 million dollars. See the thread here.

2023 Global Pride Parade Calendar

– Nerdy designer humor: Cutting Mat Socks

This looks like a beautiful documentary.

– Gulp. Everything Must Be Paid for Twice

– Pride is around the corner. Get your Tattly on.

Magic Happens Through Relationships

“Magic happens through relationships and through faith. How do you build the trust so that people believe that magic is possible? You hae to let people cultivate solidarity and love for each other, individually; almost anything can happen in a room where people have that level of connection with at least a few others in that space. That’s all you need.
Adrienne Maree Brown

Brian Eno on the Importance of Creative Intelligence of Community

(Thank you Tim)

Lagusta’s Luscious Vegan Chocolates

Last week I was introduced to Lagusta’s Luscious’ Rosemary Seasalt Camarels and my life will never be the same. How can vegan chocolate be this good? What? Thank you Tim!

The Ultimate Touchstone of Friendship

“The ultimate touchstone of friendship is not improvement, neither of the other nor of the self, the ultimate touchstone is witness, the privilege of having been seen by someone and the equal privilege of being granted the sight of the essence of another, to have walked with them and to have believed in them, and sometimes just to have accompanied them for however brief a span, on a journey impossible to accomplish alone.”
– David Whyte

Charlie Wilson: Tiny Desk Concert

Practice Any Art

“Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow.”
Kurt Vonnegut

It’s Real

This vintage looking cassette player and bluetooth speaker combo by NINM made me gasp. What a beauty!

What does it mean to go home to yourself?

(Via Dense Discovery)

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Carl Sagan describing books.

– Need more bass in your car? These decked out cars made me laugh.

A New Creative Era (via)

-If you ever find yourself in Fort Greene Brooklyn, make sure to eat at Miss Ada and have the Whipped Ricotta. It’s the most heavenly dish I ever had. And if visiting NYC is not in the cards, you can make it yourself. Here’s the recipe. You’re welcome.

Crazy Ideas. Love this!

The next Buddha will be a community, – Thich Nhat Hanh

The First Safe Chat-GPT for Kids, built by my dear friend Youmna Cham Cham. Try it with your kids.

Visualization of prepositions

– “Gratitude is not a passive response to something we have been given, gratitude arises from paying attention, from being awake in the presence of everything that lives within and without us.” Full Article

VW ID Buzz coming in 2024. Wheee! (via)

– Matt Gray runs a ‘personal board meeting‘ every month.

Finding the Mother Tree by Suzanne Simard tells us about how trees communicate underground through a complex web of fungi, and how they coordinate a powerful network that heals and sustains each other and in the end, us. (via)

– It has been my secret dream to be on How I Built This. It happened this week! Still can’t believe it.

– Pride is just around the corner. Get ready.

Yours Truly on How I Built This

Have you ever dreamt of something really big? So big you felt it could only happen in 5-10y? (If at all!) And then, BOOM it’s reality and the universe giggles and whispers “naaah, you’re ready”!


It has been my secret dream to be on How I Built This, to have CreativeMornings one day be recognized for the completely magical, radically generous, collectively powerful, heart-centered organization it is.

The episode came out yesterday. I am swimming in a sauce of gratitude for anyone who has attended, contributed, supported, loved on CreativeMornings. As Thich Nhat Hanh said: “The next Buddha will not take on any individual form. Maybe he will take the form of a Sangha, a community practicing understanding and loving kindness…”

The Song of Significance

Seth Godin launched a new book, titled The Song of Significance: A Manifesto for Teams and the People Who Lead Them. It is a a rousing contemplation on work: why it is the way it is, why it’s gotten so bad, what all of us–especially leaders–can do to make it better. I deeply resonate with this blurb on the book description:

“The choice is simple. We can endure the hangover of industrial capitalism, keep treating people as disposable, and join in the AI-fueled race to the bottom. Or we come together to build a significant organization that enrolls, empowers, and trusts everyone to deliver their best work, no matter where they are.”


Improve The Silence

“Don’t talk unless you can improve the silence.”
– Jorge Luis Borges

Stick of Butter Bookmark

I LOVE butter and am giddy over this butter bookmark.

Measure Time

“Being with you and not being with you is the only way I have to measure time.”
– Jorge Luis Borges

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R.I.P Tina Turner. What a force! Proud to be her namesake. Fun fact, she became Swiss. I became American. A Tina-trade of nations.

Yahia Lababidi, an Egyptian author I follow and who’s work I admire, has a new book out, titled Quarantine notes, Aphorisms on morality and mortality.

Last week’s CreativeMornings/NYC talk moved me. Deeply. If you are someone who has a creative practice, or wants to pick one up, this talk is for you.

A Trove of Video Profiles of Artists

4 stress-reducing Google Calendar settings you didn’t know you needed. The “View calendars side-by-side in day view” made me gasp! YES! (via the CreativeMornings newsletter)

– I love plants. I didn’t know humidity trays are a thing.
Lay Lo makes some pretty design-y dog beds. I like.

How long do frozen foods (0°F) maintain their quality?

– This vintage espresso maker from 1956 is something else! (via)

I want a forest on my roof.

– My daughter LOVES bread. She would dig this bread bed.

– Is it really urgent?

– Explore the Extraordinary Eons-Old Details of the Moon’s Surface in an Astounding 1.3-Gigapixel Composite

My friend Jocelyn is offering a new 8 week course that is all about connecting to your creative life force in a new way — one that empowers you to tune into inspiration, drop into flow, and manifest your creative vision with ease. Jocelyn is a force.

– Summer is here and I am overhearing more and more conversations around people wanting to get a tattoo. Did you know that you can test drive a tattoo by a real tattoo artist, for just a few days? Here you go.

Still Life

Composed of over 1000 engravings from the 19th century, Still Life is a meditation on subject/object dualism.

Hopping Through Life on One Leg

“It doesn’t matter how sensitive you are or how damn smart and educated you are, if you’re not both at the same time, if your heart and your brain aren’t connected, aren’t working together harmoniously, well, you’re just hopping through life on one leg. You may think you’re walking, you may think you’re running a damn marathon, but you’re only on a hop trip. The connections gotta be maintained.”
Tom Robbins

Coffee Break

Made me look. Coffee break by Borje Alegre and Javier Jaen.