Cheri Lucas Rowlands
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  1. The Internet Made Me Hate My Notebook (But I Fixed It. We’re Good Now.)

    K.C. Wise tries different notebooks, from various Moleskines to a Bullet Journal to a SELF Journal — then back again to a Moleskine: “. . . my relationship with the Moleskine notebook started very simply. Girl meets simple black notebook and falls in love.”

    Inspiration
    Image by <a href="https://blackbunchedmassmom.com/2018/01/09/the-internet-made-me-hate-my-notebook-but-i-fixed-it-were-good-now/"Black. Bunched. Mass. Mom.
  2. A Writing Update for 2018

    Anna Shinoda puts a monster manuscript to rest amid a time of grief. “Writing has returned to being an emotional outlet for me. . . . My thoughts come out in small bursts. Emotions and words that are swirling find a better place on paper than circulating in my head.”

    Authors
  3. 50 Best Albums of the Year 2017, Ranked

    “I will always be an album guy. . . . there simply is no musical experience quite like a brilliant album listened to from start to finish.” At N.B.G.V, Eóin Donnelly offers his thorough, passionate take on his favorite albums, including Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN., Cigarettes After Sex’s eponymous debut, and dvsn’s Morning After.

    Music
  4. History: the Ghost at the Feast

    “Real life very rarely supplies us with strong, convincing narratives so we create our own in order to give ourselves a sense of purpose and meaning.” Ben Newmark contemplates the teaching of history and creating our own narratives on a personal and larger scale.

    Education
  5. Baring It

    “Over time, the body,
    when bitten enough,
    can build up a tolerance . . . ”
     
    Read the rest of “Baring It,” a poem by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer at A Hundred Falling Veils.

    Poetry
  6. I’m Not Saying We Shouldn’t Be Angry

    “I’m not saying we shouldn’t be angry.
    Anger seems reasonable. But perhaps
    we will do what I’ve heard the Inuit do—
    spend the emotion on walking, walk a line
    until all the anger has left our bodies.”
     
    A poem by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer at A Hundred Falling Veils.

    Poetry
  7. Know Your Audience

    “I became aware of this phenomenon—people believing fiction is true—some years before this mass delusion about a popular novel swept the nation.” At The Mendocino Humanist, Todd Walton recounts his experiences with audiences who assume his stories are autobiographical.

    Authors
  8. One Day Music Came

    “There was something in the tones, between the tones that made the world seem like a better place, the sky a bit bluer, the problems lighter to carry.” The writer and illustrator at Fictionspawn Monsters tells a tale in which music brings hope and joy.

    Fiction
  9. A Taxi Driver’s Life In San Francisco Before Uber

    “‘With app-based transportation,’ he explains, ‘the pick up and drop off points, along with the route, are recorded. You know the passenger’s name before they get in the car. They know yours.’” Pete Brook talks with cab driver Kelly Dessaint on Bill Washburn’s vivid taxi images from the 1980s.

    Culture
    Image by Bill Washburn via Prison Photography
  10. Dog-Saved

    “In the space of two weeks, I changed from a disheartened, unmotivated, lethargic ghost, to a person with something to live for.” At Marty South, Madeline Lucas reflects on Daisy, her Japanese Spitz, and how this dog has become incredibly precious to her and her family.

    Animals
  11. Best Street Style Looks of Milan Fashion Week

    “What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear Milan and fashion in the same sentence? While for most people it’s heritage or leather or stuff like that, for me it’s always PRINTS. Followed by COLOR.” Elif Filyos Tezer at The Fashion Medley selects her favorite street style picks of Milan Fashion Week.

    Fashion
  12. The last days in our first home

    “Memories accumulated as we marked milestones and anniversaries. We grew older together in this house . . . but we grew happier, too.” Heide reflects on selling and letting go of her home of 20 years.

    Personal Essay
  13. How We Escape It: An Essay

    “Writing is one thing, living is another—or maybe not. In this, our life-as-maze, we can either spend our days wishing the maze weren’t so difficult or accept the challenge and be a-mazed in turn.” At JSTOR Daily, Mary Cappello pens a scholarly longread on what it means to escape.

    Academia
  14. Finding Fossils with a Legendary Dinosaur Hunter

    “Wendy is more Mad Max than the nerd with a fondness for fossils I’d expected. A living legend, known the world over for her sixth sense. A celebrated dinosaur hunter. And a real badass.” Photographer Susan Portnoy explores the Canadian Badlands of southern Alberta with Wendy Sloboda.

    Exploration
    Photo by Susan Portnoy
  15. One Phone Call Can Change Everything

    “A lot can change in the course of one phone call.” At Commode to Joy, Jamie Muscato writes about her father’s death, her strong bond with her brother Troy, and the call that changed everything seven years ago.

    Death