This is normally the place where I put a personal reflection or mini-essay. For logistical reasons that have to do with attention spans and email limits, I try to keep it below 400 words. This morning I got as bit carried away as I was writing about the way that the making of things is historically one of the ways we humans connect to the world around us, and one of the reasons so many of us feel adrift right now. In the end, it was in excess of 800 words, so I put it over on my sadly neglected blog instead.
I do hope you will read it, though. I think that the making of things is one of the ways we connect ourselves to the broader world, and one of the things that make us truly human.
This website will tell you what time tonight a satellite will fly over your location, and help you find it, assuming clouds and light pollution cooperate with you, of course.
The planet is changing. I think that is something we can all agree on, even if individuals dispute the causes, even as science is clear that it is human caused. Google Earth (one of the lesser known, but still brilliant, Google Projects) has created a time-lapse view of satellite photography, so you can see with heartbreaking reality the change in city size, infrastructure, and environment we have brought about over the last 20 years. Check out their beautifully done promo video showing off the new feature.
I have shared elsewhere this article about how the feeling of blah so many of us feel is actually languishing. I like the article, and there is power in having language for an experience you have. That said, I really like artist and author Austin Kleon’s rebuttal, where he says he is not languishing, but is merely dormant. Words are so powerful, and the reframing he does here is brilliant.
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Well, that is it for this week. I hope you have a great week, and that your life is filled with beautiful things. If you see something beautiful this week, I hope you will let me know about it, and if one of my five I shared today struck you in a special way, I hope you will let me know about that, too.
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