Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Inspiration! Roundup: Help Aleppo, disco trucks, Mister Night, and more!

This Week's "I want to go to there":
Curling up in blankets! So warm! So cozy!

Help Aleppo

The news out of Aleppo is heartbreaking and it's easy to feel helpless. Here is a list of seven things you can do to help make a difference, including charities that are on the ground over there and could use your support, protest action, and political persuasion.

At the Disco

Image Source: Colossal

Talk about inserting celebrating into the unlikeliest of places: fancy a cement mixer disco truck (by artist Benedetto Bufalino.)

What Are You Truly Like

“We should spare ourselves the burden of loneliness. We are far from the only ones with this problem. Everyone is more anxious than they are inclined to tell us. Even the tycoon and the couple in love are suffering. We’ve collectively failed to admit to ourselves what we are truly like.”
-Alan de Botton

Time to Reflect

We're coming up on the end of the year, and that means it's time when we're supposed to be reflecting and renewing and resolving. So basically, this time of year is like CANDY for me, because I LOVE a little navel-gazing and self-exploration and learning about who I am and reflecting on what I can be!

Of course, examining one's life can be a bit daunting. Here is a suggestion of three questions you could ask yourself about the past year: what did you do this year that you are really proud of? What have you learned from your mistakes? What are you willing to let go of? (That third question is going to be the death of me.)

Mister Night

Wonder what night would do on a day off?


Self-Taught Artists on Display

The Smithsonian recently acquired a collection of 100 pieces of art by self-taught artists. It includes some pieces by artists who are famous if you know about artists (James Castle and Judith Scott, for example) and others previously unknown. The work is really really lovely, and a wonderful reminder that we can just do a thing if we want to do it.


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