1. All Rise

    Greenpeace Board of Directors chair Karen Topakian, one of the activists arrested for hanging a “RESIST” banner on a crane over the White House, recounts her sentencing day.

    Current Events
    Photo by Joe Flood via Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)
  2. “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.”

    Family
  3. Art
    Comic by Sarah Laing
  4. Falling in Love with Words: The Secret Life of a Lexicographer

    In the first chapter of her new book, Merriam-Webster lexicographer and Harmless Drudgery blogger Kory Stamper describes how she fell in love with words and offers a peek into the world of writing dictionaries.

    Authors
  5. When life gives you hospital beds, find your inner balconies

    “When life gives you / hospital beds, / turn those / sunlit windows / into your / inner balconies / instead.”
     
    Christy Bharath meditates on life in India, post-surgery.

    Animals
  6. 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.”

    Essay
  7. What is Happiness?

    From a poem by Samuel Sadler at The Violet City:
     
    “What is happiness?
    My happiness comes in little poems,
    Like the eye of the hurricane:
    The moment of rest after one chaotic lifetime
    And the next.”

    Poetry
  8. Queen Smithereen

    Home cooking from a food-loving yogi: “I found magic learning to make a roux. I found perspective staring at the world upside down. I found happiness when chocolate and sea salt met.”

    Food
  9. How Much Poison Is Acceptable in Our Technology?

    Designer Ash Huang questions whether tech designs for the majority, or for the majority of white males. “For an industry that complains about the inconvenience of waiting for a cab, doing laundry, or picking up takeout, we sure build a lot of suffering into our apps.”

    Design
  10. CMOS Shop Talk

    At the Shop Talk blog, the editors and staff of the Chicago Manual of Style bring clarity, education, and amusement to anyone who works with words.

    Education
  11. Durrow shawl

    Learn about how Lucy Hague made her intricately beautiful durrow shawl — a hand-knitted, Celt-inspired piece she designed herself — from sketch to fruition.

    Art
  12. Notes to self

    It’s easy to lose track of time on Ranga Rohini’s site, where visual storytelling takes multiple shapes, from striking monochrome photography to sketches based on her wanderings around Chennai, India.

    Architecture
  13. When All Else Fails

    “The needle slides through easily and quickly and the magic happens.” Happy National Quilting Day! To celebrate, here’s avid crafter Kerry, reflecting on her love of all things stitch-related.

    Crafts
  14. “Jumble City”

    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!

    Art
    By Chris Fraser
  15. jiminy magazine

    The brainchild of two friends from the UK, Danni Claire and Emily Long, jiminy magazine is a lifestyle site that focuses on sustainability in food, travel, beauty products, and more.

    Design
  16. Taking a Trip Through Love Canal: The Residuum

    “That’s where we are at. As a society, our bodies and minds are in such a poor condition that we cannot touch our proverbial toes—we cannot control ourselves, yet we want to control something outside of ourselves.” Jack Caseros on environmental contamination, not climate change, as our most pressing environmental issue.

    Commentary
  17. What is America Anyway? An Interview with Eula Biss

    “We have a president who was elected not by popular vote, but by electoral college. And, the history of the electoral college is intimately tied to slavery and slave-owning states and is there in part to give more sway to states that had large populations of slaves who couldn’t vote.”

    Authors
  18. Animals
  19. A Mushy Love Letter About Blogging

    “I don’t work with brands, I don’t have things to sell, I just like writing things down. So, whilst I’m not going to pretend that I don’t care about numbers and followers, I’ve learnt that, for me, blogging has somewhat transcended all of that.”

    Jetpack
  20. What I Discovered After My Year In Space

    Astronaut Scott Kelly spent 340 days circling Earth. Read an excerpt from his upcoming memoir, Endurance: A Year In Space, A Lifetime of Discovery.

    Authors
    Photo by Scott Kelly
  21. Math with Bad Drawings

    “Math, teaching, copious metaphors, and drawings that will never ever earn a spot on the fridge.” Welcome to the blog of Ben Orlin, which blends mathematics, humor, and really bad drawings.

    Data
  22. If the Loneliness Comes, Beep Me

    Brian Burns on identity, queerness, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Buffy didn’t necessarily make me into who I am but it did allow me to be who I was.”

    Identity
  23. Without a relationship between your hands, eyes and your idea, you remove an element of humanity. You forget the shoes that scruff, fingers that leave smudge marks. The space will never remain stark and its users will all be imperfect.

    Architecture
  24. Another Poem About Survival

    From Kelly Hayes at Transformative Spaces, a poem about resilience and the promise of better, yet-unimagined futures: “remember: / Joy and pain, grief and pleasure, / will turn like wheels.”

    Poetry
  25. Above the Clouds

    A stroll up a Scottish mountainside rewarded Ewan Mearns with a calming, majestic view across the clouds, captured in this beautiful photo essay.

    Landscape