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Are You a Phone Hater?

January 17, 2018

 

Chart by Matt Shirley

Hobbies That Keep Us Sane

January 16, 2018

On Sunday, I started my day at the Farmer’s Market, and then at home, made a batch of lentil-sausage stew. It’s a favorite recipe that feeds 8 -10, so there are now plenty of leftovers in the freezer. I put individual servings in ziplock bags marked with the date, which are easy to microwave. Except for the cleanup, the entire process makes me feel happy and nurtured.

Photo by Joseph Ford

Testament of Hope

January 15, 2018

“When our days become dreary with low-hovering clouds of despair, and when our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, let us remember that there is a creative force in this universe, working to pull down the gigantic mountains of evil, a power that is able to make a way out of no way and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows. Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.”

 

Be Here

January 12, 2018

In search of beauty after another crazy week.

Illustration by Michael Dumontier

 

Flaming Mad

January 11, 2018

Time Magazine cover by Edel Rodriguez

How Do You Feel About Purple?

January 10, 2018

Make way for ultra-violet, the Pantone color of the year 2018

Painting by Lisa Congdon

Rainy Season

January 9, 2018

During the last 2 days in Los Angeles, we finally got soaked. At 5 AM, my neighborhood lost power, which in an all-electric building feels dramatic. No lights of course, but also no heat, no working stove (with the immediate result of no morning hot beverage), and if the outage lasts long enough, no hot water. Dawn was approaching, and with it, some natural light (despite a darkened sky) so that was good. My phone was newly charged. In other words, I had a lot to be grateful for. 5 hours later, we were back in business.

Painting by Brad Phillips

Zen of Toothbrushing

January 8, 2018

Maybe like your electric toothbrush, mine has a 2-minute cycle, with 30 seconds allotted for each quadrant of the mouth. I’m consistent at lasting for the entire 2 minutes, but I’m always walking around my apartment, not paying attention. On New Year’s Day, in the spirit of mindfulness, I decided to try another approach, to see what it would feel like to actually be still for 2 minutes and concentrate on the task at hand. It’s hard. Let’s see how long it lasts.

Illustration by Geoffroy de Crécy

Winter Olympics Preview

January 5, 2018

 

How’s the Weather?

January 4, 2018

Safe safe and warm.

Embroidered skates by Ulla-Stina Wikander