This was published a year ago and I’m just now reading it. Regardless, Solnit exposes an horrific pattern and degree of offense of which we need to be aware- and involved in changing.

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Long before Amelia Earhart, female aeronauts were some of the most famous performers of their day, riding aloft in beautiful silk balloons loaded with fireworks to perform acrobatic tricks thousands of feet above the ground. Napoleon’s favorite daredevil was Sophie Blanchard. … Sophie devised a special balloon for her ascents, which featured a tiny festooned gondola that could hardly fit one standing person. She would float above the crowd as if standing on air, fireworks trailing behind, often wearing a signature white dress with a colorfully plumed hat.

Falling Upwards – an illustrated history of the golden age of hot air balloons and how we took the skies.

fabulous! explore-blog:

Long before Amelia Earhart, female aeronauts were some of the most famous performers of their day, riding aloft in beautiful silk balloons loaded with fireworks to perform acrobatic tricks thousands of feet above the ground. Napoleon’s favorite daredevil was Sophie Blanchard. … Sophie devised a special balloon for her ascents, which featured a tiny festooned gondola that could hardly fit one standing person. She would float above the crowd as if standing on air, fireworks trailing behind, often wearing a signature white dress with a colorfully plumed hat.

Falling Upwards – an illustrated history of the golden age of hot air balloons and how we took the skies.

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"

We tend to revisit our prisons. And we always go back.

[…]

I’m in the suburb of my mind. I’m in the farm town of my mind. I’m in the childhood bedroom of my mind. I think every writer stands in the doorway of their prison. Half in, half out. The very act of storytelling is a return to the prison of what torments us and keeps us captive, and writers are repeat offenders. You go through this whole journey with your prison, revisiting it in your mind. Hopefully, you get to a point when you realize there was beauty in your prison, too.

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Advice on writing from Sherman Alexie, author of The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven - a fantastic addition to our ongoing archive of advice from acclaimed authors.  (via explore-blog)

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Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace. - Amelia Earhart

Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace. - Amelia Earhart

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strandbooks:

Book inscription in Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke.

—,
In the words of Rilke,
"Perhaps it will turn out that you are called to be an artist. Then take that destiny upon yourself and bear it ….. without asking what recompense might come from outside. But perhaps after this descent into yourself …. you have to give up being a poet. But even then this inward searching which I ask of you will not be in vain. Your life will in any case find its own ways, thence, and that thing may be good, rich and wide. I wish you more than I can say."

So a frightening yet promising year ahead for you and I guess for all of us. You are precious, —.
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Such a pleasure to spend a few minutes with Margaret Lawson and to share North of Hope with new readers!

luxlotus:

Just left an amazing benefit committee meeting for The Common. Save the date, May 2014 in New York for a Roman evening evoking the spirit of one of the world’s most treasured promenades, the Piazza Navona, site of an ancient circus. Become a fan/follower of the magazine for first crack at tickets, which will be limited and offered for sale soon.
My personal aesthetic inspiration is the single-greatest one-line response I ever had the pleasure of sending to an old lover who’d written me out of the blue: Ciao from Roma, I’m living it up on Via Veneto like a movie star.
I do hope you’ll join us.

luxlotus:

Just left an amazing benefit committee meeting for The Common. Save the date, May 2014 in New York for a Roman evening evoking the spirit of one of the world’s most treasured promenades, the Piazza Navona, site of an ancient circus. Become a fan/follower of the magazine for first crack at tickets, which will be limited and offered for sale soon.

My personal aesthetic inspiration is the single-greatest one-line response I ever had the pleasure of sending to an old lover who’d written me out of the blue: Ciao from Roma, I’m living it up on Via Veneto like a movie star.

I do hope you’ll join us.

Did you know NORTH OF HOPE has a Spotify playlist? (it had to, of course) Enjoy. #memoir

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this is a list I’ll pay attn to!

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Books I’ve loved this year in no particular order and not necessarily published in 2012:

Mary Ruefle, Madness, Rack, and Honey

Poets were writing the best non-fiction prose I read this year, both allusive (which I’d expect) but also incisive. See also Christian Wiman

Wilkie…

"Gratitude can have such a powerful impact on your life because it engages your brain in a virtuous cycle. Your brain only has so much power to focus its attention. It cannot easily focus on both positive and negative stimuli. It is like a small child: easily distracted. Oh your tummy hurts? Here’s a lollipop. So you lost your job? Isn’t it wonderful we’re having KFC for dinner? On top of that your brain loves to fall for the confirmation bias, that is it looks for things that prove what it already believes to be true. And the dopamine reinforces that as well. So once you start seeing things to be grateful for, your brain starts looking for more things to be grateful for. That’s how the virtuous cycle gets created."

The Grateful Brain – Alex Korb takes a look at recent research exploring our neural reward circuits. Also see the hard-wired limits of the human brain and complement with some famous thoughts on gratitude

( It’s Okay To Be Smart)

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