Inspiration! Roundup: Connection, Nature on Nature, Love is a Verb, and More!

This Week's "I want to go to there": Can we get back to beach campfire season, please?
Photo by Toa Heftiba.


“We are all in search of feeling more connected to reality—to other people, the times we live in, the natural world, our character, and our own uniqueness. Our culture increasingly tends to separate us from these realities in various ways. We indulge in drugs or alcohol, or engage in dangerous sports or risky behavior, just to wake ourselves up from the sleep of our daily existence and feel a heightened sense of connection to reality. In the end, however, the most satisfying and powerful way to feel this connection is through creative activity. Engaged in the creative process we feel more alive than ever, because we are making something and not merely consuming, masters of the small reality we create. In doing this work, we are in fact creating ourselves.”
-Robert Greene

I love this. And would suggest that (not always, but sometimes) it can be even better to create something with other people. Then you get a double-hit: connection with other people and with the reality you are building. (Or maybe that's just my theatre-person-ness talking.)

Nature on Nature

Artist Jennifer Murphy uses magazine cut-outs of nature pics to make nature collages. They're beautiful.

Love is a Verb

“It’s a verb. It’s an active engagement with all kinds of feelings—positive ones and primitive ones and loathsome ones. But it’s a very active verb. And it’s often surprising how it can kind of ebb and flow. It’s like the moon. We think it’s disappeared, and suddenly it shows up again. It’s not a permanent state of enthusiasm.”
-Esther Perel

To be fair, this definition is not new. One of the benefits of growing up in a church community is that I had the notion of love being a verb drilled into me (there is even a song by one of the hottest Christian bands of the 90s called Luv is a Verb). I was taught over and over that love is active, love is a choice, that you might meet someone and feel an overwhelming enthusiasm for them, but to expect that feeling to go away and have to choose to stay.

The reminder is still valuable.

Environmental Education

Italy is the first country to mandate education about the environment and climate change. Hey everyone else, let's be inspired byt hem and follow their lead!


I have only seen little snippets of Samantha Agar's art on her Instagram account, but I am TAKEN with it. She seems to work with a bunch of found retro images and collage them together with text and I loooooove it.

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