How To Citizen With Baratunde

I was able to listen in on the live taping of this episode of How To Citizen with Baratunde and Eric Liu as his guest. A timely and important listen for many of us. And also, for me, as I just became a citizen, after living in the USA for 21 years. Eric started Citizen University and is an overall impressive human. Thank you Baratunde for all you do. Very, very excited for this new podcast of yours.

Water Has Three States

“Water has three states, but you know, not really only three—clouds, fogs, mist, rain, and many others. A rainbow is related to water. Our bodies are 70% water, and our planet is also 70% water on the surface. We’re almost like a puddle of water. As you know, those different states of water can look very beautiful, but sometimes they can be very violent, like a tsunami.”
Ryuichi Sakamoto

Marble Doorstop

I have a thing for doorstops. This one caught my attention.

You Are Enough Mirror

Jessica Hische had a heartbreaking conversation with her daughter: Her daughter told her that sometimes she looks in the mirror and wishes she had a different and more beautiful face. It inspired Jessica to make this piece with the message “You Are Enough”. For the full story, see her instagram post about it. Wonderful.

You can pre-order it here. (Love her experimental pricing.)

Ceramic Vase

This is one beautiful and fancy looking ceramic vase. Jordan Ferney shared it on her Oh Happy Day Instagram Account the other day. I am happy she did.

Care A Whole Awful Lot

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
— Dr. Seuss

How Much Heart People Invest

“The only calibration that counts is how much heart people invest, how much they ignore their fears of being hurt or caught out or humiliated. And the only thing people regret is that they didn’t live boldly enough, that they didn’t invest enough heart, didn’t love enough. Nothing else really counts at all.”
― Ted Hughes

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New Yorkers Do Not Crave Comfort

“New yorkers temperamentally do not crave comfort and convenience – if they did they would live elsewhere.”
— E. B White 1949

(via)

Ben Ichinose

“Nothing happens *to* you. It happens *through* you.”
— Ben Ichinose


(via John)

NYC’s Iconic Rubber Stamp Shop

John Casey is the owner of East Village mainstay Casey Rubber Stamps, a local landmark that has endured for almost two decades. The iconic stamp and ink shop, located on East 11th Street in downtown New York, is beloved by locals. For years, residents and tourists alike have swung by to buy and make their own novelty rubber stamps. Watch this short film from filmmakers Eric Maierson and Leandro Badalotti for a glimpse into Casey’s intricate stamp-making process.

Ambiguous Loss

That means reckoning with what’s called ambiguous loss: any loss that’s unclear and lacks a resolution. It can be physical, such as a missing person or the loss of a limb or organ, or psychological, such as a family member with dementia or a serious addiction.

“In this case, it is a loss of a way of life, of the ability to meet up with your friends and extended family,” Boss says. “It is perhaps a loss of trust in our government. It’s the loss of our freedom to move about in our daily life as we used to.” It’s also the loss of high-quality education, or the overall educational experience we’re used to, given school closures, modified openings and virtual schooling. It’s the loss of rituals, such weddings, graduations, and funerals, and even lesser “rituals,” such as going to gym. One of the toughest losses for me to adapt to is no longer doing my research and writing in coffee shops as I’ve done for most of my life, dating back to junior high.

“These were all things we were attached to and fond of, and they’re gone right now, so the loss is ambiguous. It’s not a death, but it’s a major, major loss,” says Boss. “What we used to have has been taken away from us.”

Your ‘Surge Capacity’ Is Depleted — It’s Why You Feel Awful, by Tara Haelle

Acorn Shaped Pencil Sharpener

How adorable is this Acorn Shaped Pencil Sharpener?

Unique

“Unique doesn’t mean better; it just means unique.”
— Carl Sagan

(via Paul)

Link Pack

Silence is the presence of time undisturbed. It can be felt in the chest. It nurtures our nature.” — Gordon Hempton

– This is a pretty electric pencil sharpener

– A powerful listen: Made to Be Broken

A counting: A voice portrait of The United States

Kottke launched a podcast. I am here for it.

Sew-it shoulder bag. Fun!

– Thinking about the appropriate scale of a business a lot since I watched this talk by Matthew Stichcomb: “How do do you develop a business that is of appropriate scale and can still honor all the people and places that it touches and root itself deeply in the community so that your growth is actually supported and creating benefit for everyone.”

– Fellow Americans. Here’s a handy guide to casting your vote. What are the options? What are the deadlines? What is the right link? Plan your vote!

The Five Steps Of The Creative Process

Color me NYC

– Great read: Your ‘Surge Capacity’ Is Depleted — It’s Why You Feel Awful. Here’s how to pull yourself out of despair and live your life, by Tara Haelle

The Work You Do, the Person You Are, by Toni Morrison

– New Gimlet podcast: How to Save a Planet. Earthlings, we’ve got work to do.

– Love when folks share their workflow. In this case, Ugmonk shares how he uses Dropbox Paper to run his business.

Essential Reads on Feminism: The New York Public Library Creates a Reading List to Honor the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

– Japanese grandparents create life-size Totoro with bus stop for their grandkids. Life goals!

All about composting in NYC

Design Books by Womxn & People of Color

VOTE Necklace.

A pool full of Golden Retrievers. Yes, please.

IN-SHADOW: A Modern Odyssey

– This made me smile: Chocolate snow falls on Swiss town after ventilation defect at Lindt factory

A New Interactive Map Shows All Four Million Buildings That Existed in New York City from 1939 to 1941

– “The purpose of a meeting is not to fill the allocated slot on the Google calendar invite. The purpose is to communicate an idea and the emotions that go with it, and to find out what’s missing via engaged conversation. If we can’t do that, let’s not meet.” Toward a Zoom agreement

– Here’s how you reach super-aunt or super-uncle status with your nieces and nephews in no time: Send them an Animal or Funnest Tattly Tin. It works. I tested it, many times over.

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Colorful Dog Leash

Hello there, you hand-dyed, colorful dog leash. (I don’t even have a dog!)

A Different Life

“I hope people take away the fact that it is possible to have a different sort of life.”
— Jane Goodall

Slim Step Ladder

One day I’ll be able to justify the price of this beautiful Slim Step Ladder. It’s elegantly designed and folds down to almost nothing. Also available a little larger. Or tiny.

Georg Console Table

Can we talk about this beauty of a console desk? I keep coming back to it. Swooning. Wishlisted!

Understanding Ourselves

“If we understood ourselves better, we would damage ourselves less.”
— James Baldwin

(via Nitch)

Birch Wood Hooks

I love the simplicity of these woo Birch Wood Hooks. Also comes in a row of 4.

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New York Times Custom Front Page Puzzle

Did you know you can get a custom puzzle made with the New York Times Front Page of your choice (since 1851)? Such a fun gift for birthdays and anniversaries!

Your Life

“your life is your life
don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.
be on the watch.
there are ways out.
there is light somewhere.
it may not be much light but
it beats the darkness.
be on the watch.
the gods will offer you chances.
know them.
take them.
you can’t beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.
your life is your life.
know it while you have it.
you are marvelous
the gods wait to delight
in you.”
— Charles Bukowski