Tabs 52: A Laugh and Some Advice

Friday, October 21, 2016

Ah, hahaha

"You're not in competition with anybody." Advice for life.

Make it Last

How to start running

Tabs I Can't Close 51: Art, Strangers, a Motorcyle

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Meg Hitchcock

We don’t move like other people, I thought, and who is to say there are not things we have learned uniquely from our way of moving or being?

A reminder to consider truth in our striving for the Truth.

Her first stop would be Walmart, where she said Twombly liked to sit on a bench outside. “One of the most urbane, sophisticated humans alive, he would just sit there and watch the people come out and look at the mountains,” she said. “He was fascinated.”

Sisters, not twins

It was a sort of nowhere Utopia — a big, soft, stretchy packet of temporal freedom within which to be bored and idle and sleep late and watch reruns of “My Three Sons” and daytime talk shows and stare through the curtains out the window, and smell the curtains, which had a deep dusty smell, and learn one of the profound lessons of life, which is that all education is self-­education. Nobody needs you to do anything, so that anything you do has to come from yourself.

Locals warned her of being eaten by pumas or, worse, suggested her hunt was futile because the trees had been logged to make railway sleepers. But, as she approached the Cordillera de Nahuelbuta mountain range, the force of each rumour vanished. The forests existed, and were owned by two Irish men, who happily accompanied her there.  

Prepare to be disoriented, to take all sorts of wrong turns and find things you weren’t looking for. Surrender control.

It's a practice inspired partly by Oliver, a woman unafraid of the wilderness within herself. Each part of my life provided a respite from the other and gave me a sense of proportion that classmates trained only on law studies lacked. 

Good heavens.

Tabs I Can't Close 50: A Home Remedy, a Market, Instagram

Friday, August 26, 2016

"The best home remedy is to move to Iceland."

Good Maker's Market!

New favorite Instagram account.

And this. :) :) :)

Speaking of Instagram, if you follow me you know I like taking pictures of manhole covers marked with city names, so I loved this photo essay on NYC manhole covers (via Reading My Tea Leaves).

How to Choose a Book

Monday, June 13, 2016

Choose an author.* Read one of her books. Then read everything else she's written. (Mourn when you've read it all; pray she writes more.)

A few I recommend: 

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 
Kate Atkinson
Zadie Smith 
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

*Choose a prolific and/or still living author. 

Tabs I Can't Close 49: Bike Rides, Trees, Getting Dressed, Insulation

Friday, June 10, 2016

These are the days for bike rides and walks along the river, ice cream in hand. My work takes me on long drives down dusty gravel roads and at the end of the day I am covered in a not-so-fine layer of dust. All I want to do is this.

People like trees.
I...want getting dressed to be a simple affair. I want to wake up in the morning and open my drawer or my closet and be able to select, in a matter of minutes, something to wear for the day.
Erin Boyle
Erin's blog is one of the few I read these days, and I love Elizabeth Suzann.

I'm expecting one of these perfectly simple dresses in the mail today. (Oh, it's in the mailbox right now. Half of the fun of ordering something new is tracking the package, right?)

Last night I had to rush home from the grocery store as the ice cream melted in the trunk, making me wish I had one or two of these.

Thanks for stopping by, reading, generally being there! 
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