Among the many pearls of wisdom Ray Bradbury shares in this excellent interview, this has got to be one of my favorites:
The things that you do should be things that you love, and things that you love should be things that you do.
S/O to Maria Popova for her curatorial skills, which are always on display at Brain Pickings. Her panel with Noah Brier, Max Linsky, Mia Quagliarello and David Carr served as a solid reminder of why a SXSWi badge is still worth every penny.
Sure, you could stay home and listen to the Clientele until it stops raining. Or you could just attend Everything Is a Remix, so Steal Like an Artist, then call it a day and still get your money’s worth.
But then you’d miss the Razorfish Happy Hour at Roial and all the other cool shit going on at SXSWi. And you don’t want to do that. So lace up your galoshes, grab your slicker and go splash around in some puddles.
On my way down yet another Saturday morning internet wormhole, I came across Casa Fernando Pessoa. Being the word nerd that I am, I immediately began reading about Pessoa’s annotations. One note in particular stood out to me:
One buys glory with misfortune.
If you asked me to describe saudade (or, to a certain extent, Portuguese culture) in five words or less, I might point you to this sentence. It reminded me of Bobulate’s great post about the social life of marginalia.
Sometimes our notes reveal more about who we are and what we think than our polished thoughts ever could. Which is exactly why they’re worth sharing — and contemplating as part of a body of work as well as on their own merits.
These clichés sound vapid and trite to anyone who suffered a devastating loss. And yet, they endure. Maybe because they contain a degree of truth.
Of course, bromides like these aren’t always true. Once we become parents, for example, we are parents forever. Nothing can change that.
Three hundred eighty-two days ago, our daughter Amalia joined us. Seventeen days later, she died. Which makes today an anniversary (one of many for us).Time has taken on new meaning since Ama entered our lives. Every day brings a new milestone, each connected to Ama and what her life has revealed to us about the world.
Of all these revelations, the things we’ve discovered about Down Syndrome loom large. But while a diagnosis of DS is a sign of challenges to come, it’s also the beginning of something incredible. And thanks to the support of people who care, it’s becoming more and more possible for children with DS and their families to enjoy life to the fullest.
Amalia was a beautiful and serene child. She exuded a sense of calm, and brought joy into the lives of everyone around her.
We have no choice but to accept and embrace our loss. We will always love Ama. She will always be our daughter and our first child. We will never forget her, and she will continue to teach us new things for the rest of our lives.
If you’d like to help children like Amalia and parents like us face the challenges of DS, please donate to the Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas.
France has bid the word “mademoiselle” adieu. As Fillon points out, the honorific marries a woman’s identity to her “matrimonial situation” while her male counterpart suffers no such burden. And really, where’s the honor in that situation?
Sound advice for from Saul Bass:
Learn to draw. If you don’t, you’re gonna live your life getting around that and trying to compensate for that.”
As true for writers, architects and anyone else who makes things as it is for designers.
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