Personal Musings Filter
  1. Hello Rejection, My Old Friend

    “I’d like to say who cares, but I do care.” Romance novelist Holland Rae writes on rejection — an integral part of the creative process for most artists and writers (not to mention job and college applicants) — and what keeps her motivated.

    Authors
  2. The Old Chokecherry Tree (and Raw Apricot Cheesecake)

    Montana-based blogger Kristin shows how a single post can be more than one thing — in this case, a lovely musing on seasonal change, a collection of gorgeous photography, and a vegan cheesecake recipe.

    Animals
  3. When Love Wins

    Sahitya Poonacha reacts to the Supreme Court of India’s landmark decision to decriminalize gay sex: “Society still has a long way to go, but now with the court on love’s side, it gives the confidence to the people who are afraid.”

    Current Events
    Photo by Kandukuru Nagarjun (CC BY 2.0)
  4. Charlotte Hoather, Soprano

    If you ever wondered what an opera singer’s daily life looks like, you’ll love Charlotte Hoather’s blog, where the British soprano invites visitors and fans behind the scenes (and occasionally on stage, too).

    Culture
  5. “Imagine having a swarm of rabid bumblebees trapped inside your head. There are hundreds of buzzing bees, and every single bee has its own project to do. Every bumblebee project is emergent and needs to be completed, in its entirety, immediately.”

    Mental Health
  6. Why Emily Contois Is Still Blogging After Six Years

    A recent episode of online trolling hasn’t stopped this food and media scholar from making her voice heard.

    Academia
  7. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Bloggers

    Cristian Mihai has been a prolific blogger for years; in this post, he shares his hard-earned insight into the things that can help people build — and maintain — a blogging rhythm and an audience.

    Inspiration
    Image by Cheri Lucas Rowlands
  8. This Is Why You Are Afraid of Photographing People while Traveling

    Sweden-based travel photographer Lola Akinmade Åkerström reflects on the invisible barriers that stand between her (and every traveler’s) camera and the strangers that become the subjects of many of her most powerful photos.

    Culture
    Photo by Lola Akinmade Åkerström
  9. A Dose of Inspiration: Three Perspectives on Writing

    Love to write but sometimes need a boost? Read fellow writers’ insights on the craft.

    Inspiration
  10. Chaotic Shapes

    Brandon Knoll is a young artist drawn to geometry. In his posts he often shares works-in-progress and discusses the highs and lows of the creative process.

    Art
  11. A Hermit’s Journey

    “I do not live alone, I live with myself.” At Photo Sociology, photography student Richard submits his coursework, writes, and shares photo essays. Here, he shares a very personal narrative about his mental health — and how photography is essential to his life.

    Exploration
  12. Paula Stone Williams

    Paula Stone Williams, a pastor in Longmont, Colorado, writes on her personal blog about religion, LGBTQ rights, gender equality, and her own transition.

    Gender
  13. Acknowledgments

    “I still look towards the horizon. I remain restless. I continue to feel that there is something underneath me that defines me more than what I have done.” The author at Flowers for a Lab Mouse reflects on big writing projects as milestones, but not necessarily things that are life-defining.

    Authors
  14. “Sight loss has meant insight gains. . . . I don’t know what society’s perfection looks like as I have never been able to properly see. I can tell you though what a beautiful person is like. A beautiful person is loving. A beautiful person is kind.”

    Personal Musings
  15. A River Runs North

    A blogger reflects on a series of tragic life events: “We’ll look for artifacts and make up stories and I’ll show them how, defying all logic, the river runs north, but still it flows.”

    Family