My friends in Buffalo roll their eyes at how little it takes for us in the Ohio River Valley to call a snow day. A bit of ice on the roads, some flocking on the trees. This morning I looked out the window and said, “Oh, look how pretty.” And took a snow day. It’s one … Continue reading Snow Day
The fleas are tenacious this year. The youngest cat in the household has an allergy to flea bites and he has been miserable with them, but no one’s having an easy time of it. Standard treatments become ineffective as generation after generation of ever-hardier bugs develop resistance to drops, collars, and oral treatments. We’re all … Continue reading Bugs
Assume that your drive to experience pleasure isn’t a barrier to your spiritual growth, but is in fact essential to it. Proceed on the hypothesis that cultivating joy can make you a more ethical and compassionate person. Imagine that feeling good has something important to teach you every day. ~Rob B./Freewill Astrology
It may be the case that expensive cities are killing creativity, but I suspect the real culprit is the belief that you have to live in a certain sort of place in order to create. If you want to have time to make your art, it helps to live somewhere that offers low overhead. Cheap … Continue reading Where Creativity Might Live
Validation: I am a Maker. What about you? (via Swiss Miss)
The co-op had some great oranges this week. Sweet and juicy and altogether perfect. Sometimes one is all I need to feel really happy. Sometimes, it takes two. Paul Jarvis asks, Am I presently happy or do I assume I’ll be happier in the future, and if so, why? Good question(s).
My friend Mychele is a long-time a practioner of kundalini yoga. It was she who introduced me to the phrase “ambrosial hour,” which I immediately loved. The Sikh expression is Amrit Vela, (“nectar time”), an altogether lovely concept, and practice, especially for those who awaken at three or four a.m. and wonder wtf. Bonus Rives: Museum of Four … Continue reading 4 a.m.
I have several alternative lives that exist only in my head. (“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”) In one, I am like Bryan & Jen, who live a nomadic life, build lovely things, and share the details on their blog. … Continue reading The Dangerz
Oliver Burkeman says cut yourself some.
Suzanne Slomin is a farmer and baker who runs a small bread bakery in Vermont and has some things to say about work and running a small business and tending to her sourdough starter (no long vacations!) Douglas Rushkoff is the author of the book Team Human, and host of the Team Human podcast. This is their conversation.