Some of this stuff is a few years old, but it came to me recently, right when I needed or was ready for it. Sharing in the hopes it will be such for you as well. Whoosh! Away we go:
Reality Bites at 25 (Studio 360)
This movie about recent college grads in Houston came out when I was a college grad in Houston. How could I not love it? I’ll fight anyone who argues against its charms. That said, listen to the segment and tell me whether starting the piece with a reference to the Big Chill is not the most aggressively Boomer thing evah. News flash: not everything is about you, behemoth generation… which is one of the subtext of the film.
Free beyond Wires
Been pondering this piece of art since a friend posted it… what do you think?
Climate Wars: The End of the Beginning? (Washington Post, Capital Weather Gang)
A word of cautious optimism about a story that seems to have very little.
Equal-Opportunity Evil (Slate)
A new history reveals that for female slaveholders, the business of human exploitation was just as profitable—and brutal—as it was for men.
Poet Jane Kenyon’s Advice on Writing (Brain Pickings)
More at the link. Like most writing advice, it’s good advice for life too.
A Facebook friend shared this page—a construction company whose employees share stories of what they do in their pursuit of the American dream. They are as diverse and infused with everyday strength as you’d expect. This site reminds me of a workshop I took many years ago about helping organizations find their purpose and mission. The trainer once worked with a group of city employees who helped fill potholes. He helped them move from “I fill potholes” to statements like “I help people get home from work safely to their families.” A lovely reminder for all of us of the power of framing and finding that deeper Yes that animates us.
Why I Hope to Die at 75 (Atlantic)
Written by a doctor, who makes a very compelling argument… which I say with trepidation, given that I have several family members in their 70s and I’d like them to stick around for a few more healthy decades.
“Closeness Lines” Visualizations of Relationships Over Time (Olivia de Recat)
Sweet and thought-provoking:
An Illustrated Talk with Maurice Sendak (The New York Times)
An illustrated segment of a four minute snippet of a 2012 interview with Maurice Sendak:
The Delicate Cages of a Stranger’s Hands, Robert Bly (Improvised Life)
In a jewelry studio at the legendary 92nd Street Y, an instructor stopped in to chat with a colleague. Her hands were adorned with more rings than I’d ever seen anyone wear. When I asked her if I could photograph them, I learned she was Honey Jeanne Laber, who had been teaching jewelry-making at the Y for 30 years. Of her 40 or so rings, only one had not been made by her — of wonderfully incongruous-but-right-at-home emeralds and diamonds that was her grandmother’s. When I asked which was the oldest, she pointed out the first ring she ever made.
But more astonishing than the rings were her hands. They were to me a surprising symbol of how very beautiful we can become as we move deeply through life — the big gift of my day.
Onward, friends. You are all beautiful!