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Leonard Michaels’s Playful and Poignant Meditations on the Enigma of Our Feline Companions and How They Reveal Us to Ourselves – Brain Pickings – Self Improvement Article

“A cat must have three different names,” T.S. Eliot proclaimed in the iconic verses that became the basis of one of the longest-running and most beloved Broadway musicals of all time. “You can never know anyone as completely as you want. But that’s okay, love is better,” Caroline Paul wrote generations later in her gorgeous memoir of finding the meaning of life through a lost cat. Between our longing for love, our urge to name what we barely understand, and…

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This sand artist creates animal sculptures so incredibly detailed, they almost look real – Positivity Article

One of the most admirable traits of an artist is their ability to use anything as a medium. For Andoni Bastarrika, a multimedia artist from Basque Country, Spain, he found that sand was the best material to express his creativity. While most of us feel really proud of ourselves after building a sandcastle on the beach, Andoni has us all beat with his magnificent sand sculptures. His works focus on creatures of the natural world, such as bulls and sharks.…

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Edward Gorey’s Tender and Surprising Vintage Illustrated Allegory About the Meaning of True Love – Brain Pickings – Personal Development Article

Great loves, like great works of art, live at the crossing point of the improbable and the inevitable. That, at least, has been my experience, both as a scholar of history and as a private participant in the lives of the heart. Such loves come unbidden, without warning or presentiment, and that is their supreme insurance against the projectionist fantasy that so frequently disguises not-love — infatuation, obsession, jealousy, longing — as love. But when they do come, with all…

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Ordinary Household Items RE-designed – Growth Guided – Self Improvement Article

Ordinary Household Items RE-designed – Growth Guided Katerina Kamprani has created a collection terribly designed household items that give us appreciation for good design. This project started after I failed to finish my… © 2012-2020 Growth Guided, Inc. All Rights Reserved This is only a snippet of a Self Improvement article written by growthguided Read Full Article

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Ordinary Household Items RE-designed – Growth Guided – Self Improvement Article

Ordinary Household Items RE-designed – Growth Guided Katerina Kamprani has created a collection terribly designed household items that give us appreciation for good design. This project started after I failed to finish my… © 2012-2020 Growth Guided, Inc. All Rights Reserved This is only a snippet of a Self Improvement article written by growthguided Read Full Article

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Poet and Philosopher David Whyte’s Gorgeous Letter to Children About Reading, Amazement, and the Exhilaration of Discovering the Undiscovered – Brain Pickings – Personal Development Article

I remember the feeling of first seeing the Moon through the small handheld telescope my father had smuggled from East Germany — how ancient yet proximate it felt, how alive, as though I could glide my six-year-old finger over its rugged radiance — the feeling of electric astonishment at something so surprising yet so inevitable, something that seemed to have always been waiting there just for me to discover it. I remember next having that feeling nearly a decade later,…

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Stunning 19th-Century Illustrations from the World’s First Encyclopedia of One of Earth’s Most Vibrant and Delicate Ecosystems – Brain Pickings – Self Improvement Article

While the German marine biologist Ernst Haeckel was salving his fathomless personal tragedy with the transcendent beauty of jellyfish, having enraptured Darwin with his drawings, his English colleague William Saville-Kent (July 10, 1845–October 11, 1908) was transcending his own darkness on the other side of the globe with the vibrant, irrepressible aliveness of the Great Barrier Reef and its astonishing creatures. Anemones from The Great Barrier Reef of Australia, 1893. (Available as a print.)By the end of his adolescence, William…

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Top 30 Quotes That Inspires The Artist In You – Self Improvement Article

Art is a pictorial representation of life and wild adventures of the mind. It is a window through which different kinds of emotions are passed, anger, love, peace, joy, without actually physically showing it. Art speaks louder than words or action with different emotions wavering around it, those emotions which are passed to every eye that is laid on it. As an artist, your emotions are passed to different people who might even understand it in completely different ways. However,…

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At Home in Cartagena with Richard Mishaan – Lifestyle Article

With a love and knowledge of fashion, architecture and design, Colombian born, New York based designer Richard Mishaan has, for over 25 years, created interiors that effortlessly meld timeless and contemporary design with a sophisticated flair. Every project, whether residential, commercial or hospitality expresses Richard’s worldly take on modern luxury, including art and furnishings that help tell the story of the space with personality and appropriateness. And no place is this more evident than in his stylish retreat in the…

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Virginia Woolf on Finding Beauty in the Uncertainty of Time, Space, and Being – Brain Pickings – Happiness Article

“How should we like it were stars to burn with a passion for us we could not return?” asked W.H. Auden in one of the greatest poems ever written — a subtle, playful, poignant meditation on what it takes to go on living — to go on making poems and symphonies and equations, to go on loving — when faced with something so much vaster than we are, so beyond our control and so rife with uncertainty, be it the…

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Coping with COVID-19: How I Yearn to Be Packed Tight with Strangers. – Self Improvement Article

Right now, we’re in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, and it will continue and change for a long time. While everyone across the globe is affected, it’s hitting people differently in different places. Countries are experiencing it at different times, and within the United States, states are being hit at different times. The crisis affects individuals very differently, too; people’s fears and challenges vary dramatically. Wherever we are, we’re all so grateful for the healthcare workers and other essential…

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How graffiti art brightens up lives – Spiritual Article

In a society that is increasingly isolating us inside condominiums, with the Coronavirus and with remote work, street art is injecting colour and consciousness into our lives.I live in an urban environment where people are struggling to find and maintain employment, housing and their mental health. Living online by following social media, doing online shopping and reading Twitter feeds just isn’t for me. I still like putting my hands in the Earth and meeting people in the flesh, and I…

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How Ernst Haeckel Turned Personal Tragedy into Transcendent Art in the World’s First Encyclopedia of Medusae – Brain Pickings – Personal Development Article

“I hope you are able to work hard on science & thus banish, as far as may be possible, painful remembrances,” Charles Darwin wrote in the spring of 1864 to a young and obscure German correspondent who had just sent him two folios of his stunningly illustrated studies of tiny single-celled marine organisms — a masterwork that enchanted Darwin as one of the most majestic things he had ever seen. But Ernst Haeckel (February 16, 1834–August 9, 1919), who would…

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Decorate Your Walls With These Nature Inspired Metal Posters – Lifestyle Article

*This post is sponsored by Displate.com. The information and opinions presented are all ours.   Spring is all about out with the old and in with the new. And after you’ve whizzed through your spring cleaning routine it’s only natural to want to bring the joy of spring into your own home. That means switching over to lighter fabrics and linens, but it’s also the perfect time to update the wall art in your home with brighter colors and fresher spring-like…

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5 Tips to Starting a Daily Creative Practice – Wit & Delight – Lifestyle Article

Photo by Petra Bindel for Milk DecorationAs previously seen on Wit & Delight Editor’s Note: Our March theme, Say Yes, is about making a deliberate choice that shakes things up and grants a new perspective. Contributor Jill Elliott is a master of creativity and in this post from 2019, she shares how you can say yes to practicing creativity daily. We hope it inspires you to get out there and create something new this spring. As a lifelong creative, I…

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Report from My Metropolitan Museum Experiment: The More Slowly I Go, the More I See. – Self Improvement Article

I’ve written about my “Metropolitan Museum Experiment.” Every day this year, when I’m in New York City, I’m visiting the Met. So now I’ve been doing it for many weeks, and here are a few minor observations: The Met is far bigger than I realized. To my astonishment, I’ve found many galleries that I’d never seen before. I just finished my first walk-through of the First Floor, and am now in the Mezzanine Level. It’s very, very large. The Gift…

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Stunning, Sensual Illustrations from the World’s First Encyclopedia of Octopus and Squid Wonders from the Ocean Depths – Brain Pickings – Happiness Article

“While stroking an octopus, it is easy to fall into reverie,” naturalist Sy Montgomery wrote in her breathtaking inquiry into how Earth’s most alien creature illuminates the wonders of consciousness. “To share such a moment of deep tranquility with another being, especially one as different from us as the octopus, is a humbling privilege… an uplink to universal consciousness.” A century before her, and decades before the great marine biologist, conservation pioneer, and poetic science writer Rachel Carson invited the…

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Here’s Five Minutes Of Peaceful Pottery [VIDEO] – Self Improvement Article

Here’s Five Minutes Of Peaceful Pottery [VIDEO] – Growth Guided If you are having a stressful day and need to take a five just to gather your thoughts and have a moment to breathe,… If you are having a stressful day and need to take a five just to gather your thoughts and have a moment to breathe, this is the perfect video for you today. The meditative process involved in pottery making has always been very attractive to me,…

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Neri Oxman Reads Walt Whitman – Brain Pickings – Personal Development Article

A century before computing pioneer Alan Turing comforted his dead soul-mate’s mother, and perhaps himself, with the insistence that “the body provides something for the spirit to look after and use,” and generations before Rilke defiantly refused to become “one of those who neglect the body in order to make of it a sacrificial offering for the soul,” Walt Whitman (May 31, 1819–March 26, 1892) appointed himself the poet of the body and the poet of the soul in one…

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Gorgeous 19th-Century Engravings of Cacti – Brain Pickings – Happiness Article

Among the oddities of my childhood in communist Bulgaria was my mother’s collection of cacti. Against the chipped grey concrete of our apartment building, these improbable emissaries of another climate from another world stood as spiked sentinels of a fantastical optimism at the portal to another life. Each winter, we brought the entire ensemble — dozens of them, all kinds of shapes and sizes and species — indoors; each summer, we carefully arranged them back on the tiny balcony overlooking…

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At Home in Antwerp with Gert Voorjans – Lifestyle Article

Classically trained and yet famously unconventional, Belgian designer Gert Voorjans creates interiors that are exuberant, elegantly eccentric and refreshingly unexpected! Fearlessly blending antiques, bold color and exotic influences, Gert shares his love of history, art and design throughout his work. Please join Susanna and me for a visit to the colorful and creative realm that is Gert’s atelier and home in Antwerp, Belgium.  Rather like Antwerp itself, Gert Voorjans is an authentic amalgam of old and new, of heritage…

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An Illustrated Victorian Encyclopedia of Poetic Lessons from the Garden – Brain Pickings – Happiness Article

“In forty years of medical practice, I have found only two types of non-pharmaceutical ‘therapy’ to be vitally important for patients with chronic neurological diseases: music and gardens,” the poetic neurologist Oliver Sacks wrote in contemplating the healing power of gardens. More than two centuries earlier, gardening had taken on a new symphonic resonance with the psychological and physiological score of human nature when the philosopher Erasmus Darwin, Charles Darwin’s grandfather, published The Botanic Garden — a book-length poem using…

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Gorgeous Illustrations from Elizabeth Blackwell’s 18th-Century Encyclopedia of Medicinal Botany – Brain Pickings – Happiness Article

A century before botany swung open the backdoor to science for Victorian women and ignited the craze for herbaria — none more enchanting than the adolescent Emily Dickinson’s forgotten herbarium — a Scottish woman by the name of Elizabeth Blackwell (1707–1758) published, against all cultural odds, an ambitious and scrumptiously illustrated guide to medicinal plants, titled A Curious Herbal: Containing Five Hundred Cuts of the Most Useful Plants Which Are Now Used in the Practice of Physick (public library). Elizabeth…

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Wilson Bentley’s Pioneering 19th-Century Photomicroscopy of Snow Crystals – Brain Pickings – Self Improvement Article

Hardly any scientific finding has permeated popular culture more profoundly, transmuted its truth into a more pervasive cliché, or inspired more uninspired college application essays than the fact that no two snowflakes are alike. But for the vast majority of human history, the uniqueness of snowflakes was far from an established fact. In the early seventeenth century, while revolutionizing science with the celestial mechanics of the macro scale that would land his mother in a witchcraft trial, Johannes Kepler turned…

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At Home in Wales with Penny Morrison – Lifestyle Article

Just over the British border, in the breathtaking countryside of Wales, Penny Morrison and art dealer husband Guy retreat from their busy lives in London to their beautiful country home. While the house was originally built in 1790 with an addition thirty years later, the Morrisons were thrilled to discover when they purchased the property some 30 years ago, that it hadn’t been touched since 1910.  After a sensitive 18 month renovation, Penny put her own decorative stamp on the interiors,…

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Poet and Painter Rebecca Hey’s Gorgeous 19th-Century Illustrations for the World’s First Encyclopedia of Trees – Brain Pickings – Self Improvement Article

“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing which stands in the way… As a man is, so he sees,” William Blake wrote in his most beautiful letter a quarter millennium before scientists began to see the molecular poetry of what trees feel and how they communicate. Perched partway in time between Blake’s time and ours, and partway in sensibility between the poetic and the scientific, Sylvan Musings, or,…

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Potter and Poet M.C. Richards on What She Learned at the Wheel About Non-Dualism, Creative Wholeness, and the Poetry of Personhood – Brain Pickings – Happiness Article

Looking back on the first thirteen years of Brain Pickings, I termed my thirteen most important life-learnings “fluid reflections on keeping a solid center.” But how exactly do we locate our center and master its osmotic balance between fluidity and solidity? That is what poet, potter, and manual philosopher M.C. Richards (July 13, 1916–September 10, 1999) explores in her 1964 counterculture classic Centering: In Pottery, Poetry, and the Person (public library) — an inspired inquiry into “how we may seek…

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The Best of Brain Pickings 2019 – Brain Pickings – Happiness Article

Love, poetry, friendship, solitude, and lots of trees. By Maria Popova In this annual review, following the annual selections of the year’s loveliest children’s books and overall favorite books, “best” is as usual a composite measure of what I most enjoyed thinking and writing about over the course of the year, and what you most ardently read and shared. It has been curious to observe, in this most difficult year of my life, the patterns that emerge — strong women’s…

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My Metropolitan Museum Experiment: The Aims, the Rules, the Questions. – Happiness Article

Soon, Elizabeth and I will reveal our “20 for 2020” lists in episode 255 of the Happier podcast. One item on my list is particularly ambitious: it’s my Metropolitan Museum experiment. For the year of 2020, every day that I’m in New York City and the Met is open, I will visit. Every single day. Why? For my next book project, I’m exploring…I don’t yet know how to describe it. I want to shake myself, I want to reach my…

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Favorite Children’s Books of 2019 – Brain Pickings – Self Improvement Article

Great children’s books are really miniature cartographies of meaning, emissaries of the deepest existential wisdom that cut across all lines of division, scuttle past the many walls adulthood has sold us on erecting, and slip in through the backdoor of our consciousness to speak — in the language of children, which is the language of unselfconscious sincerity — the most timeless truths to the truest parts of us. Here are the loveliest such truthful, timeless treasures I savored this year.…

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