1. My OBT

    Every day, blogger Donna Kramer publishes a post to inspire her readers, featuring “one beautiful thing” — or OBT — whether it’s a photo, artwork, a piece of jewelry, or some other object that catches her eye.

    Art
  2. “Names have power.”

    Jena Barchas-Lichtenstein, a writer and linguistic anthropologist, reflects on the power of names to shape our identity — and to highlight both privilege and discrimination.

    Commentary
  3. Moving is hard. Sometimes, it’s brutal.

    “Loss is a fundamental part of traveling; people rarely tell you that.” A traveler looks back on the time he said goodbye to North Carolina — and to Ashley.

    Memoir
  4. Salt of Portugal

    From food recommendations in Lisbon to insider tips on travel in the countryside, this blog, created by a group of Portuguese friends, is a one-stop resource for all that’s beautiful, delicious, and interesting in Portugal.

    Architecture
  5. “Good writing must be a constant oscillation between unselfconscious momentum and self-examination. You must look beyond your immediate impulse in order to avoid what’s easy, hackneyed, unexaminedly ideological, and what’s merely smooth and pleasant to the inner ear.”

    Inspiration
  6. These days, I don’t wear my glasses when I’m out in public. . . . I can see the world, but it’s out of focus. I can’t make out faces, recognize friends. Most importantly, I can’t tell where anyone is looking. If men’s eyes consume me, I’d rather not know.

    Essay
  7. 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.

    Photography
  8. Berlin Typography

    The blogger at Berlin Typography shows how a city’s soul is found in small details like the fonts used in its streets and lovingly documents signs, storefronts, and other texts embedded in the urban landscape.

    Design
  9. A Recipe for Writing Poetry

    A poem about baking and writing from Carolin Messier: “As I roll the pin / across the fifth crust / of buttery dough / to fill fluted pans from France, / my fingers itch / to grasp instead / a pencil.”

    Cooking
  10. 8Duffels & 2Mutts

    This family of six (two parents, two toddlers, and two mutts) left Iowa for Ecuador, selling everything they owned and leaving behind everyone they knew. “This is our story, the tale of our evolution. The journey of our quest to live with less stuff and more ‘us.’”

    Exploration
  11. A Wonder of the Multicultural Medieval World: The Tabula Rogeriana

    Do maps reflect your worldview — or shape it? Meet the genius 12th-century cartographer you’ve never heard of, al-Idrisi, and his marvelous multicultural map.

    Culture
  12. 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.

    Jetpack
    Image by Justraveling
  13. tim.blog

    At tim.blog, explore the podcast, books, TV show, and blog of The 4-Hour Workweek author, entrepreneur, and lifestyle guru Tim Ferriss.

    Authors
    Photo via tim.blog
  14. Art
    Art by Anica Amphlett
  15. 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.”

    Abuse
  16. 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.”

    Mental Health
  17. Why write, when you can shout? Why write, when the situation needs much more urgent action? Why write when the swamp of words is filling faster than we can bail it out?

    Writing
  18. Eater’s Manifesto

    Suresh eats at and reviews some of the world’s best restaurants, and teaches readers to create Michelin-star-worthy plates in their own kitchens.

    Cooking
  19. 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.

    Death
  20. None of that is to say religion doesn’t explain the world I live in, doesn’t aid my living a good life, doesn’t provide me with a community. It does all of those things. It’s simply that I don’t need religion to do any of those things.

    Religion
  21. 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.

    Art
    Photo by Pam Holland
  22. Art
  23. A Natural History Lexicon: Lek

    Welcome to your guided tour of the Greater Sage Grouse’s lek, where male birds gather and show themselves off, hoping to be selected by a female. Brendan McGarry takes us inside a spectacle that’s at once ridiculous and utterly serious.

    Nature
  24. Jambo Robyn

    On her blog, Robyn Murray publishes poems and stories about random and ordinary things.

    Poetry
  25. State of Being: Envisioning California

    “California, the best of it, is what lives and prospers in a liminal, unnamed space—somewhere between dreams, disappointments, and recalibration.” Lynell George describes how California — Los Angeles and San Francisco — moves through you.

    Essay