Post Election Improvised Politics: Actions to Take, Things That Help

If this election has done anything, it has pointed up the grave flaws in our government and political system. We HEAR that many people in our country feel forgotten and uncared. We’ve witnessed extraordinary levels of fear and its companion, anger and hatred. And we see that we are not a one person/one vote nation. It is truly dispiriting. So we’ve compiled a few things to do to keep moving toward the positive.

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What’s The Best Gift You’ve Ever Received?

In this season of frenzied holiday shopping, Quartz asked 40 leaders in art, business, fashion, science, and social justice the question: What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?  Their surprising answers cast a lens on just what a great gift really is, along with some really lovely ideas…. Junot Diaz, author: origami that helped heal and calm Maira Kalman,…

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Linda Rodin on Finding Style in Aging + Face Balms Mixed in a Coffee Cup

Linda Rodin, a late-sixty-something former model and fashion stylist is known for her signature style that revolves around a simple three element-formula: her long silvery gray hair, oversize glasses and red lipstick — always. She created her popular Olio Lusso Face Oil, which sells for $170 per ounce, by mixing the oils she used frequently “in a coffee cup…like salad dressing,…

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creative process: doing this-or-that ‘in your head’

We really love Maira Kalman‘s picture of her worn, old-fashioned boots and it’s simple, insightful, refreshingly real-life annotation. It affirms something we practice many times daily: imagining, fantasizing, trying-on scenarios in our heads that we ultimately will never do because the reality is, well, something we don’t really want to deal with, or can’t deal with.…

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dealing with uncertainty, from zen habits + maira kalman

Zen Habits recently published the very useful Finding Peace with Uncertainty, one of our favorite subjects. It made us go back and leaf through the great Maira Kalman’s wonderful book, The Principles of Uncertainty.    We clipped this image of her crossed-out musings thinking, for sure, she naturally applies Zen Habits’ 8 practices… Try something…

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maira kalman on life, death, work, love…

(Video link here.) We can’t think of a better way to celebrate this lovely ordinary day than with this video of the great Maira Kalman – whose remarkable books are a blend of images and words into vivid stories –  giving her two cents on what it is to be human. She covers a lot…

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