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A Week of Links

She may not be on the twenty dollar bill anytime soon, but at least more will learn Harriet Tubman’s story in film.

Intrigued by the 72-room home and study of photographer, Jay Maisel.

Cannot imagine any other ending to When Harry Met Sally.

Habits of lucky people.

Fascinating look at how hand-turned bowls are made.

I am now the proud and giddy owner of both the cat and dog matchbox sets.

How the work day of Americans has changed over the last 15 years.

A precisely quirky and delightful home.

A Japanese train filled with limbs of the Thousand-Armed Kannon.

Pinterest has introduced well-being features for users who seem stressed.

Difficult Day

There is no end to the delight I feel from the Strange Planet Instagram account. The illustrations often capture the all too real and equally strange experience of living in this world.

A Week of Links

Behind-the-scenes of Spike Jonze’s, Welcome Home. It really makes me appreciate how much talent, trial-and-error, and imagination go into a production this good.

I’ve been using Airtable to track all my job search efforts and it’s been a stellar companion and support system.

I’ll never look at surrealist art the same after listening to the podcast, Root of Evil.

Two very active and VERY curious kittens sometimes requires a pricey investment in distraction.

A slightly less pricey investment in distraction.

After the magnitude 4.6 earthquake in Seattle, I was reminded that I really need to get an emergency kit together.

Mind-boggling and useful sock hack.

I have happily added this urban beehive kit to my dream home wish list.

How trees communicate.

An eccentric and charming upstate home with loads of character at every turn.

Defeated vs. inspiring thinking.

A Little Surplus of Gratitude

Do I have my griefs and losses, my regrets and disappointments? Of course I do. But I’ve found that being grateful, though this is something of a cliché, offers great comfort to me, and could for you too. For cultivating gratitude for the good stuff in our lives, being aware of and even counting our blessings, brightens our view of who we are and where we are in the world—and can make us happier.

I’ve found that a little surplus of gratitude often has downstream effects, helping us become more tolerant, less judgmental, more forgiving of family and friends when they annoy or neglect us, hurt our feelings, or let us down. It’s tempting to add up their failures and flaws and compare them with our far superior selves, but we make a big mistake if we do. For while most of the folks in our life can, on occasion, be pains in the ass, so—let’s face it—can I and so can you. Figuring out that we, like they, are in need of a lot of acceptance and forgiveness can make for a happier old (or any) age.

Judith Viorst

via Girls’ Night In

The Cosmic Banana Peel

“Whenever the world throws rose petals at you, which thrill and seduce the ego, beware. The cosmic banana peel is suddenly going to appear underfoot to make sure you don’t take it all too seriously, that you don’t fill up on junk food.”

Anne Lamott

via swissmiss

‘Rainbow’ Blanket Octopus

Scientists caught rare footage of two ‘rainbow’ blanket octopus while off the coast of the Philippines.

According to National Geographic, blanket octopus pairs are quite unusual with males being as small as 0.9 inches in length while the females can be as large as six feet. The disparity in size is known as sexual size dimorphism and isn’t well understood. One theory is that the males focus on finding a mate at the expense of growing.

In order to mate, the male detaches its hectocotylus (a modified arm that holds sperm) and gives it to the female for safe keeping. After she’s laid upwards of 100,000 eggs, she will retrieve the hectocotylus and sprinkle the sperm over the eggs in order to fertilize them.

As if octopus are generally amazing creatures, the blanket octopus are impervious to the dangerous Portuguese man-of-war and will tear off the jellyfish’s tentacles to use as weapons against predators.

Another example of how fact is far stranger than fiction!

How to Triumph Like a Girl

I like the lady horses best,
how they make it all look easy,
like running 40 miles per hour
is as fun as taking a nap, or grass.
I like their lady horse swagger,
after winning. Ears up, girls, ears up!
But mainly, let’s be honest, I like
that they’re ladies. As if this big
dangerous animal is also a part of me,
that somewhere inside the delicate
skin of my body, there pumps
an 8-pound female horse heart,
giant with power, heavy with blood.
Don’t you want to believe it?
Don’t you want to lift my shirt and see
the huge beating genius machine
that thinks, no, it knows,
it’s going to come in first.

Ada Limón

A Good Life

“People matter. Meaning matters. A good life is not a place at which you arrive, it’s a lens through which you see and create your world.” 

Jonathan Fields

via swissmiss

A Week of Links

Last week I saw Late Night and it was an absolutely delightful, funny, relatable, and inspiring movie.

I would happily live in this collection of shirts adorned with cactus, cheetahs, pineapples, and more.

The coolest and oldest female sharpshooter in the world.

Thoroughly enjoying the music of Melody Angel.

“I said, ‘I wonder what it means,’ not ‘Tell me what it means.'”

Super trippy and hypnotic.

I would like to believe that one never has enough throws, especially ones this lovely.

It never occurred to me that I could make my own okonomiyaki, otherwise known as delicious Japanese pancakes.

It hasn’t quite sunk in that I’ll be here in just a couple days.