How to Disappear
For Alex DiFrancesco, coming out as transgender — even to themself — wasn’t possible without first disappearing.
Why Chefs Wear White (and Sometimes Color Too)
How did modern chefs come to wear white jackets and 12-inch-tall “toques”? It all started with Marie-Antonin Carême and Auguste Escoffier.
In defense of the ordinary
Writer Andrea Badgley reflects on the value of her writing practice: “Details are meaning enough. Being present in a moment is meaning enough.”
The beauty of small things: a voyage into a garden’s microcosm
“The more we travel, the bigger the world gets.” Avid traveler Verne, using macrophotography in a Portuguese garden, discovers that you need not travel far to discover a whole new world.
Interactive Map: United Colors of Tourism
Not sure where to travel? Let Justraveling’s interactive “United Colors of Tourism” map entice you. It displays the marketing slogans of national tourist boards from around the world.
What we talk about when we talk about sexual harassment
Michael Hobbes on the societal blindness that puts the blame for harassment on the victim: “If you have never been hurt by jokes about your gender or your race or your sexuality, those who complain about them seem oversensitive.”
I Wished to be a Sparrow (Reflections on Depression)
Alexis Kanda-Olmstead contemplates finding faith in the depths of her despair: “Depression is like being dead in a world that is cruelly alive.”
Moved by Kim
“Through his tears, he asked if they’d let him use heroin there.” Seth Davis Branitz on his brother’s drug addiction and death, and burying his entire immediate family within two months.
The tools of an artist
For Pam Holland, the tools of her art include a camera and an eye for color in her travels, which include India, Costa Rica, Nepal, and Australia — just to name a few.
All The Small Things
At Busy Mockingbird, Mica talks about sparking creativity in kids: “So give them the good supplies! Let them try the real things! Show them how, and see where they take it. It only takes a little time and attention . . . “
Freewheeling through Rural Andalusia: The Via Verde of Seville
See who photographer Tim Ginty meets on his 20 km bike ride through the Sierra Morena mountains in the Andalusian region of southern Spain.
“Is It Hard To Be A Mom?”
In the surreal spin of a busy morning, Nicki reflects on motherhood: “Four brown lunch bags stand smartly on the counter in front of me, eagerly awaiting their contents. They remind me of Hanukkah candles just before they’re lit — neat and upright, promising magic and surprise.”
Each Breeze Began Life Somewhere As a Little Cough
Poet Christoper Citro meditates on the omens — good and bad — that arrive on air: “I pierced the clear membrane and the coils expanded and the guest bed took its first deep breath. Each time a visiting friend or family member sleeps on it, it will take another.”
Learn about how Lucy Hague made her intricately beautiful durrow shawl — a hand-knitted, Celt-inspired piece she designed herself — from sketch to fruition.
You could spend hours poring over Chris Fraser’s intricate Jumble City and still not absorb all of its fine details. But don’t let that stop you from trying!
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