David Ellingsen is a Canadian artist making photographs that speak to the relationship between humans and the natural world.

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Automatic Boot-Cleaning Machine

Can it be? Have I fallen in love with an Automatic Boot-Cleaning Machine. Go Boot Boy!

Don’t Ask Where I’m From, Ask Where I’m a Local

As someone who has lived in NYC for 23 years, I feel this.

Do It Again

“Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, “Do it again”; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, “Do it again” to the sun; and every evening, “Do it again” to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.”
― G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

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Can Sneakers Make You Happy?

These sneakers would qualify for what my team member Annie calls Dopamine Dressing. I love them. They won my heart. Wishlisted!

How To Stop Swiping and Find Your Person on Dating Apps

Luggage Tags

I am so happy to see that Brooklyn based Various Keytags expanded into making Custom Luggage Tags. I am totally placing an order. SO FUN!

To Be Hopeful in Bad Times

“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.

What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.

And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”
― Howard Zinn

Lushna Cabin

I am dreaming of this Lushna cabin in the woods.

The Extra Mile

“There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.”
– Roger Staubach

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Wheelbench

I want one.

Don’t Hesitate

If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy,
don’t hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty
of lives and whole towns destroyed or about
to be. We are not wise, and not very often
kind. And much can never be redeemed.
Still, life has some possibility left. Perhaps this
is its way of fighting back, that sometimes
something happens better than all the riches
or power in the world. It could be anything,
but very likely you notice it in the instant
when love begins. Anyway, that’s often the case.
Anyway, whatever it is, don’t be afraid
of its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb.
– Mary Oliver

Anything You Identify With

This made me think: Anything we identify with, has the ability to activate our nervous system.

Immaculate Heart College Art Department Rules

This. Is. Wonderful.

Love

“Love is friendship that has caught fire.”
– Ann Landers

The Psychology of Your Future Self

“Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they’re finished.” Dan Gilbert shares recent research on a phenomenon he calls the “end of history illusion,” where we somehow imagine that the person we are right now is the person we’ll be for the rest of time. Hint: that’s not the case.

Kindness

Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love.

– Lao Tzu

Open The Window

Why Did I Not Know About Notarize?

I had to get a form notarized yesterday. And I am sure many of you agree, finding a local notary is a total pain. My neighbor Marious suggested I use notarize.com. It connects you with a notary somewhere in the country, via video call. First you answer a bunch of questions that make sure you are who you say you are and then there is a real human notary, talking to you, via video conferencing. It was like magic! I totally squealed! So easy! So quick!

Spring

Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’
– Robin Williams

How To Pick Up A Duck

Consequential Strangers

I remember the morning in 1999, shortly after moving to NYC, when the coffee cart guy had my coffee and bagel ready by the time I arrived at the cart. He saw me coming. He made me feel home in a city where I didn’t know anyone. Definitely a consequential stranger.

Collect Moments Socks

I dig these socks.

Link Pack

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[Whispers] It’s been a moment since my last Link Pack. I know. Life has been a bit turbulent. I have been feeling a bit wobbly and didn’t have the brain space to tend to this garden as much as I would like. If you missed the Link Packs, thank you for caring. I appreciate you.

– I love the internet: This to that offers glue advice.

This man is winning at life.

– This is delightful: Illustrations Transform Landscape Photos Into a Charming Cast of Characters

This made me laugh.

The physical therapy metaphor

– Some solid advice in this thread.

– Welcome to the museum of endangered sounds.

– What does the future sound like? In the early 20th century, one answer rang out from Luigi Russolo’s intonarumori — lever-operated machines designed to pop, sough, shriek, and shock.

Stop Trying to Be Nice All the Time, by School of Life

– I find moles quite endearing: Uncovering the Secrets of Mole Motion

– I am LOVING my copy of Why Design Matters by Debbie Millman. Have you seen the book yet?

30 Affirmations (Free Phone Wallpapers)

Mood Meter can help you answer the question How Are You Feeling.

– My friend Barbara made this Rosemary Shortbead recipe and it was beyond delicious.

– My friend has these linen sheets by Quince on her bed and they are beautiful and feel super soft. On my wishlist.

Stray Dog Classics in Brooklyn sells vintage, meticulously restored Range Rovers from Spain. Drool.

– Always giggling at the fact that a lot of stores wouldn’t carry our original Tattly Mermaid because, you know, boobies. So we asked Jessi Preston to make one with a bikini top. Here you go.

– These jobs that caught my eye on the CreativeMornings Job Board: Esalen in Big Sur CA is hiring a night gate ward, a dishwasher, risk manager, director of advancement and a director of fundraising.