Web Miscellany: Compilation #53

Hey there! How is your week going? It’s hard to believe that September is just around the corner. My recent (and ungodly expensive!) brain MRI revealed that the pituitary adenoma has grown over the last year. Fortunately, this type of tumor is nearly always benign. Since I’ve generally been feeling better, I’m not going to sweat it.

What are you up to this weekend? Every weekend, I devise elaborate plans that fall victim to exhaustion, so I’m going to call a spade a spade: my plans are sleep, sleep and more sleep.

Hope you have a good one! Here are a few links from around the web. Feel free to share anything interesting you’ve stumbled upon in the comments.

  1. Quote I’m pondering: “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” – Buckminister Fuller
  2. Athleisure, barre and kale: the tyranny of the ideal woman. “The ideal woman looks beautiful, happy, carefree and perfectly competent. Is she really? To look any particular way and to actually be that way are two separate concepts, and striving to look carefree and happy can interfere with your ability to feel so.”
  3. A seemingly related tangent: A woman’s greatest enemy? A lack of time to herself. I suspect the weight of household chores, supporting a family and maintaining social ties, pair the the social pressure to be picture-perfect is stealing women’s valuable attention from the things that truly matter–purpose, self-awareness, personal growth and leisurely activities.
  4. The unconventional, new-age ways people are getting buried.
  5. I came across two new visual artists this week: fucoueda and Koho Shoda.
  6. My favorite snack at the moment is a trail mix blend with equal parts macadamia nuts, goji berries, and 90% dark chocolate. Additionally, I’m enjoying GT’s root beer flavored pu’er adaptogen tea, which stirs up nostalgia of “brown cows” (root beer floats) on the beach with my grandparents as a child.
  7. If you have ever seen George Carlin’s rant about Stuff, this poem by Mary Oliver makes the same point quite beautifully.
  8. Advice from Frank Chimero: “Slow down, find a quiet place, and create time for solitude so you can hear yourself. It’s so noisy out there. And find the good ones around you – the patient, compassionate, and interested – then elevate the conversation as often as you can. The things that nourish you are also the things that will nourish your work, give it purpose, depth, and soul. It’s hard to say what those things may be, but life has taught me over and over that, you don’t need to know if you are willing to ask.”
  9. From the archives: We Need to Stop Trying To Protect Everyone’s Feelings. Perhaps a controversial opinion, I think the current atmosphere of political correctness and immense sensitivity is doing more harm than good.
  10.  The High Highs were my jam in 2012. I have so many fond memories of writing and traveling with this album as my soundtrack.

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