‘You’ve got to Jump’ via Annie Dillard and Ray Bradbury

For years writer Annie Dillard’s “Pilgrim at Tinker Creek“, for which she won the Pulitzer Prize, shaped our thinking and way of seeing — observing — the world around us. With her new book ‘The Abundance“, she has entered our minds again and is actively in the zeitgeist; her original, quirky, daring view of life continues to surprise, resonate…

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Big Picture Reminder from Heliotown

Our friend Thomas Ashcraft is an artist, naturalist, Electroreceptor, scientific instrument builder and radio astronomer who spends his time looking UP, recording the activity of meteors, fireballs, space dust and Transient Luminous Events — lovely and mysterious emanations of light — that have gained him some renown (bottom image) Here’s a wondrous accidental avian moment Tom’s…

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A Mentor’s Wisdom: ‘Jump back and kiss yourself and count the blessings’

 (Video link here.)  In 1983, James Brown and band were playing the Beverly Theatre in Los Angeles with legendary blues man B.B. King. Halfway through the set, Brown asked “another fantastic people” to join him onstage: 25-year-old Michael Jackson watching the show ignognito in the audience. Brown’s words are as astonishing as Jackson’s 30…

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Arlene Gottfried on the Benefits of Wandering

For over forty years, Arlene Gottfried  has photographed the people she meets in her journeys around New York City, revealing its diversity and heart through her extraordinary images. The very personal moments she captures call to mind Diane Arbus and Viviane Maier. The roots of her work, which includes assignments for The New York Times Magazine and Life Magazine, lie in her…

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We’re Back, Fly with Us!

(Video link here.) A friend sent us this video of Domenico Modugno singing Volare – Nel blu dipinto di blu, a song we’ve heard (and disliked) a million times; we just couldn’t get with Dean Martin. But Modugno’s 1958 version of the song HE wrote is pure joy. It made us look up translations of…

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