Inspiration! Roundup: Drawing Illnesses, Plates You Could Eat Off, Defining Problems, and More!

A roundup of inspirational things including art by Kazuhito Takadoi, Betsy Walton, and quotes by Seth Godin
This Week's "I want to go to there": Just some casual hangs with some normal pals.
Photo by Jimmy Fermin.

Drawing Illness

I love love love it when I hear about someone stepping outside of established practice and trying some new perspective. A study recently asked patients to draw their illnesses, giving doctors new insight into how they see their disease. What a brilliant idea! Not only could it be a useful one to understand our own perspectives on our own problems (draw your loneliness), but also to understand a loved one's experience.

Eat Off This

I would love a life filled with dishes like the ones created by Becca Jane Koehler.


Defining Problems

According to Seth Godin, "If there is no solution, then it’s not a problem. It’s a regrettable situation. It’s a boundary condition. It’s something you’ll need to live with."

I am pondering this definition and its implications, and I do appreciate it so.

Sweet Grass

Kazuhito Takadoi makes some pretty incredible scultptural art out of dried grass and washi paper.


Fathers

Robyn Price Pierre's new book Fathers is a simple series of photos of black fathers being caring and involved in their children's lives. From a couch cuddle to a ziplining adventure, the range is pretty wide in the types of situations included. The goal of the book is to provide tangible and heart-warming examples of black men as fathers who a there, as a counter to the overall narrative in our society of absent black fathers.

There has been criticism of the book for simply trying to replace one myth with another: of the ever-present, loving father of young children. Honestly, even if it's true that even the best dads screw up sometimes, I am here for a counter-narrative of constant presence and love.

Betsy Walton

Betsy Walton's work really caught my fancy.



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