Beetle & Byte

Bisa Butler Quilts

At first glance, I thought I was looking at a beautiful painting. I’m all the more enthralled knowing this delicate work has all been done with fabric by Bisa Butler.


You Do Not Have To Be Good.

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

Mary Oliver Wild, Wild Geese

A Week of Links

If only we all had such conviction and fortitude. Thank you, Jon Stewart.

I may be late to the party, but it’s never too late to enjoy a stream of bodega cats.

Charming animated film all about the clitoris.

Raw Sauce is the sensory highlight of my morning skin care routine.

Adele rapping Monster by Nicki Minaj never ceases to make me smile. Yes, it’s three years old and I’m still watching it on repeat.

The dreamiest storefront the world has ever known.

The scrummiest of scrummy-looking french toast. Need to devour ASAP!

A rainbow of roosting pigeons.

When People Talk, Listen Completely.

“When people talk, listen completely. Don’t be thinking what you’re going to say. Most people never listen. Nor do they observe. You should be able to go into a room and when you come out, know everything that you saw there and not only that. If that room gave you any feeling you should know exactly what it was that gave you that feeling. Try that for practice.”

Ernest Hemingway

via Swissmiss

Puck Koper Illustrations

I’m loving these wonderful illustrations by Puck Koper (best name ever) for the children’s book, Where Is Your Sister?

According to the description, Harriet gets lost in a department store that, “is a riot of dots and stripes, patterns and checks!” How delightful!


Battlefield Cat

What a wonderful story about a soldier and a cat he met on the battlefields of the American Civil War. It’s humbling knowing generations of soldiers have found kinship with animals during times of war and have gone to great lengths to ensure their safety when the soldier’s own safety is so deeply uncertain.

Stoop Newsletter App

For the past couple of months I’ve been using the Stoop newsletter app. I find myself taking more time to read through each email newsletter and I am far less likely to preemptively delete them to keep my inbox tidy.

Thanks to this Twitter thread from Jocelyn K. Glei, I can look forward to far more interesting content, including Girls Night In, which is the perfect weekend read.

Not an ad.

Ellsworth Kelly Stamps

The United States Postal Service just released a stamp set commemorating the colorful and abstract work of Ellsworth Kelly, an American painter, sculptor, and printmaker.

I just got my set.