visiting ‘one of the nicest places on the internet’

(Video link.)  We recommend checking out “One of the Nicest Places on the Internet”, a website doling out virtual hugs. It’s mission: “turn the sad into happy and the happy into celebration.” We find it brilliant, curiously heartwarming, beautiful, strange, sweet, healing, sometimes a bit creepy, effective, and finally, if we stay too-long, overwhelming.  But what’s amazing…

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how to do more in less time: pulse and rest

We already so burnt out from holiday stuff, blogging, renovating, life, that this piece by guest blogger Sarah M came just in the nick of time: As a chronically overcommitted, over-scheduled multi-tasker, I regularly push myself to max capacity. Working long hours, offering up my time for others’ projects, sacrificing sleep for productivity, and running…

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we mashup attenborough’s ‘what a wonderful world’

(Video link here.) This video features the great natural history documentarian, Sir David Attenborough, reading lines from the Louis Armstrong song “What a Wonderful World” as stunning scenes from Attenborough’s documentaries fill the screen. While we watched, we were both delighted and a bit stymied. The video was both beautiful and perspective-broadening, while bordering on being precious and slightly…

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‘christmas is about remembering’

Our friend Lisa Morphew recently sent us a photo of Rabah Belamri, an extraordinary Algerian poet we met many years ago in the south of France. Accompanying the photo were these words: “It feels like this Christmas is about remembering the people that somehow changed my life.” Rabah was blind; he lost his sight when he…

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gifts for the wine curious: metro wine maps

When I saw ‘the improvised life’s recent post about christopher niemann’s fab color-tiled bathrooms, I immediately thought of the Metro Wine Map of France, created by architectural historian and wine buff Dr. David Gissen, which was introduced this past summer by De Long, a favorite resource of mine for beautiful wine region maps and clever…

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‘replace fear of the unknown with curiosity’

A perfect sign, after our own hearts, via Imaginary Foundation.  Replacing fear of the unknown with curiosity is something to PRACTICE. It reminds us of Eleanor Roosevelt’s great admonition: “Do one thing every day that scares you.” Related posts: gandhi: ‘our beliefs become our…destiny’ using your car to speak your heart reminder: it’s not what you…

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smoky, bacon-infused spirits for holiday cocktails

(Video link here –sorry about the commercial). We long been a fan of working subtle smoky-pig flavors into our cooking by using a good wood-smoked bacon – even using it to perfume chocolate cakelets. And we’ve always LOVED Maialino‘s margarita made with guanciale-and-sage-infused reposado tequila. Recently, we came across a recipe we’d bookmarked from New…

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