Beetle & Byte

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.

She Let Go

She let go.
She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go.
She let go of the fear.
She let go of the judgments.
She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head.
She let go of the committee of indecision within her.
She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons.
Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go.
She didn’t ask anyone for advice.
She didn’t read a book on how to let go.
She didn’t search the scriptures.
She just let go.
She let go of all of the memories that held her back.
She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward.
She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right.
She didn’t promise to let go.
She didn’t journal about it.
She didn’t write the projected date in her Day-Timer.
She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper.
She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope.
She just let go.
She didn’t analyze whether she should let go.
She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter.
She didn’t do a five-step Spiritual Mind Treatment.
She didn’t call the prayer line.
She didn’t utter one word.
She just let go.
No one was around when it happened.
There was no applause or congratulations.
No one thanked her or praised her.
No one noticed a thing.
Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.
There was no effort.
There was no struggle.
It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad.
It was what it was, and it is just that.
In the space of letting go, she let it all be.
A small smile came over her face.
A light breeze blew through her.
And the sun and the moon shone forevermore…

Safire Rose

via Happier in Hollywood Episode 105: Time to Ride the Dragon

The Value of Ritual in Your Workday

“What if every performance review began with a short thought about the importance of clear and open communication? If every time we worked on a spreadsheet someone else created for us, we paused to acknowledge the complexity of the work she did and the attention to detail she brought to it? If at the beginning of the day we paused to honor the work we are about to do and the people with whom we are about to do it?”

The Value of Ritual in Your Workday

via Swissmiss

Origami as Engineering

A lifelong passion for origami becomes this former NASA physicist’s second chapter. Robert Lang is not only a legend among origami hobbyists, he’s also pioneering new ways of applying origami principles to complex engineering problems.