Greetings, digital wanderers —
How is your heart this week? Are you taking good care of your body? Part of life for me right now is trying to learn to slow down. This week, I’ve been forced to move at more leisurely pace, which has been painfully discouraging, so I’m making efforts to at least enjoy the scenery. I keep reminding myself that I can do anything, I just cannot do everything. Some days, simply getting enough rest is enough.
I had a long visit with my integrative physician last night. I plan to share some of her thoughts and plans after my brain is done processing it all. In all honesty, I’m feeling sad for what my body is going through. And confused. And even a little bit scared.
My boyfriend and I have been talking a lot about conciseness, AI and holofractals since watching The Matrix a week or two ago His insights into the theories and the proven and widely-accepted psychics behind these themes is blowing my mind! I’m looking forward to piecing together the ideas into a post or a short story when the brain fog lifts.
For the first time in six years, my boyfriend and I are planning a real vacation, where we actually venture more than 150 miles from home. Thanks $5 jar! We’re planning to spend ten days exploring Washington and Oregon, particularly a few cities that are on our wish list for eventual relocation. My boyfriend lived in Seattle for a decade, so we’re hoping to catch up with his old art school friends and visit his favorite hangouts. I’m already bursting with anticipation!
Take care of yourself. And each other.
What have you been reading, watching, playing, thinking about and exploring lately? Feel free to share anything worth checking out in the comments! Here are my 10 picks for the week:
- “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” is turning 50 years old. Eric Carle was my five-year-old self’s hero, and it thrills me to see that his work is still loved by children today.
- On her Instagram account, Marin Mushrooms, nature photographer Alison Pollack captures the otherworldly beauty of fungi and slime molds in northern California forests. So neat!
- Quote from Timothy Leary I’ve been pondering: “Admit it. You aren’t like them. You’re not even close. You may occasionally dress yourself up as one of them, watch the same mindless television shows as they do, maybe even eat the same fast food sometimes. But it seems that the more you try to fit in, the more you feel like an outsider, watching the “normal people” as they go about their automatic existences. For every time you say club passwords like “Have a nice day” and “Weather’s awful today, eh?”, you yearn inside to say forbidden things like “Tell me something that makes you cry” or “What do you think deja vu is for?” Face it, you even want to talk to that girl in the elevator. But what if that girl in the elevator (and the balding man who walks past your cubicle at work) are thinking the same thing? Who knows what you might learn from taking a chance on conversation with a stranger? Everyone carries a piece of the puzzle. Nobody comes into your life by mere coincidence. Trust your instincts. Do the unexpected. Find the others…”
- The California poppy superbloom is spectacular.
- Where do the healthiest people live? A recent study found that Colorado boasts seven of America’s top 25 healthiest communities and 28 of the top 500 overall.
- Yes, It’s All Your Fault: Active vs. Passive Mindsets.
- Insight from Seth Godin: “Most problems don’t require more data. They require more insight, more innovation and better eyes.
- The first concrete evidence that smartphone use undermines enjoyment of face-to-face social interactions (PDF). So, put down your phone and schedule coffee with a friend.
- Who’s had the greatest impact on your life? What would like to say to them?