Some Days

Some days are not productive, or uplifting, or motivating. Some days are slow, and troubled, and confusing. Some days are the opposite of desirable. Some days are not meant to be creative. Some days are meant to be forgiving. Some days are annoying. Some days are acceptable. Some days are about accepting yourself. Some days are more open for experience. Some days are what they are, just some other days. Some days are quick to go, and some days never go by. Some days are all the same. Some days are unique. Some days are stable and comfortable. Some days are diverse and full of passion. Some days you crave the other days. Some days you accept and live those days. Some days are grateful. Some days are shameful. But some days are always gonna change in some other days.


Like all grandmas, Grandma was a tiny woman - god knows why all grandmas shrink in size, and naturally she did too. She had small hands that had never rested for too long, skinny arms that had held too much, and even skinnier legs that had taken her almost everywhere. Her eyes were icy blue, sharp and lively, and even towards the end, as they filled more and more with water and sand, they would cut through any bullshit and find the truth.

Her body carried 90 years of war, of poverty and sickness, of cancer and loss, held together only by the strength of her character. She believed in family, in service, in independence, and in practical wisdom. She was not kind with her words - if anything, she preferred silence and a fiery look to communicate her approval or disagreement - but she was generous with her doing, giving the little she had to her children and nephews and offering acts of service through delicious meals, knitted sweaters, or clothes alterations.

She used to speak Italian filled with dialectal words which would always make our day - learning these words and repeating verbal conjugations in Bresciano (the thick dialect of her hometown Brescia) was a delight and a comical exercise for me and my sister. When that happen, grandma would have a whimsical look, undecided if taking our attempts as mockery or compliment.

She preferred the background to the spotlight - leaving the latter to the bubbliest members of the family - and she despised being photographed at any occasion. The only time I was able to steal a quick photo from her, as we were walking to a bar for an afternoon spritz, she gave me a dismayed look, quite obviously disapproving my doing. I wonder if she did indeed mind it, or if deep down she liked and welcomed the playfulness and carefree attitude of us kids - something kids now embody freely and easily and adults take for granted, but grandmas know they had to fight for.

Grandma's Potatoes

Grandma’s potatoes are soft on the inside and lightly crunchy on the outside. They are cooked in olive oil in three steps: full flame for a few minutes, low flame for two hours, and then again on high heat for a few more minutes. The frying in olive oil gives each piece a memorable golden-orange crust that is only on one or two sides of the chunks, but nevertheless is to die for. It glows and smells of extra virgin olive oil, sunshine, and love. On top, a sprinkle of coarse sea salt and fried rosemary leaves adds flavor and divine texture.

Each piece is cut differently and unevenly, making the batch of grandma’s potatoes perfectly imperfect. Each one of us likes it differently: those who like the smaller and crispier chunks and those who don’t mind the creaminess of the bigger pieces; those who like them covered with rosemary and those who only like a bit of rosemary, preferably chopped small as to avoid having to deal with the full leaf between their teeth.

The kids wait impatiently for the potatoes to be ready, hopelessly try to sneak into the kitchen to see with their own eyes their gradual preparation, but are quickly removed and scolded for entering the sacred space. They savor the anticipation with a thrilled look, and try to  find a distraction, any distraction, that lets their mind wander away from the thought of grandma's potatoes - even setting the table or cutting the bread or washing their hands.

When finally the potatoes are ready, the kids jump at the table, fork in their hand, contending the glorious platter that is quickly emptied out in each of the guest’s plate. The potatoes come always first in the plate and in the mouth - as to check the quality of this particular batch.

First comes the sensation of saltiness, that opens up the palate to welcome the richness of the oil and the uneven texture of the crispy top versus the smooth bottom; the rosemary adds to this texture as the potato is being smashed to the palate, almost with no effort, and the teeth are left the satisfaction of biting through the double crust, while the ears enjoy the delicious concert. It is, without a doubt, a complete sensory experience in a single bite. These are grandma’s potatoes.

Daily Bits

A blog of daily post-its

When I was a kid I was told that writing, drawing, and art in general were pointless as adults because they don't bring you success nor pay the bills. Now I believe storytelling, creativity, and play make you a more complete person and a more nuanced designer.
If we couldn't laugh we would all go insane.
Robert Frost

Wed, Nov 15th

Tue, Nov 14th

Passion has little to do with euphoria and everything to do with patience. It is not about feeling good. It is about endurance. Like patience, passion comes from the same Latin root: pati. It does not mean to flow with exuberance. It means to suffer.
Mark Z. Danielewski

Mon, Nov 13th

You don't need to justify your love, you don't need to explain your love, you just need to practice your love. Practice creates the master.
Don Miguel Ruiz
All that is important is this one moment in movement. Make the moment important, vital, and worth living. Do not let it slip away unnoticed and unused.
Martha Graham

Sun, Nov 12th

Sat, Nov 11th

Look at everything always as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time: Thus is your time on earth filled with glory.
Betty Smith

Fri, Nov 10th

Life is an experimental journey undertaken involuntarily. It is a journey of the spirit through the material world and, since it is the spirit that travels, it is the spirit that is experienced. That is why there exist contemplative souls who have lived more intensely, more widely, more tumultuously than others who have lived their lives purely externally.
Fernando Pessoa
This is the real secret of life - to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.
Alan Watts

Thu, Nov 9th

Wed, Nov 8th

Enjoyment appears at the boundary between boredom and anxiety, when the challenges are just balanced with the person's capacity to act.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Tue, Nov 7th

Always say “yes” to the present moment. What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to what already is? what could be more insane than to oppose life itself, which is now and always now? Surrender to what is. Say “yes” to life — and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.
Eckhart Tolle
She worked her toes into the sand, feeling the tiny delicious pain of the friction of tiny chips of silicon against the tender flesh between her toes. That's life. It hurts, it's dirty, and it feels very, very good.
Orson Scott Card

Mon, Nov 6th

Sun, Nov 5th

Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.
I remembered that the real world was wide, and that a varied field of hopes and fears, of sensations and excitments, awaited those who had the courage to go forth into it's expanse, to seek real knowledge of life amidst it's perils.
Charlotte Brontë

Sat, Nov 4th

Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted. And experience is often the most valuable thing you have to offer.
Randy Pausch - The Last Lecture

Fri, Nov 3rd

Thu, Nov 2nd

The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience.
Leo Tolstoy

Wed, Nov 1st

A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
Albert Einstein
No one loses anyone, because no one owns anyone. That is the true experience of freedom: having the most important thing in the world without owning it
Paulo Coelho

Tue, Oct 31st

History is as light as individual human life, unbearably light, light as a feather, as dust swirling into the air, as whatever will no longer exist tomorrow.
Milan Kundera

Mon, Oct 30th

Sun, Oct 29th

He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.
Elbert Hubbard
Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.
Robert A. Heinlein

Sat, Oct 28th

Through our eyes, the universe is perceiving itself. Through our ears, the universe is listening to its harmonies. We are the witnesses through which the universe becomes conscious of its glory, of its magnificence.
Alan Wilson Watts

Fri, Oct 27th

Thu, Oct 26th

Do stuff. be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration's shove or society's kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It's all about paying attention. attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. stay eager.
Susan Sontag

Wed, Oct 25th

Above all, don't lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.
Fyodor Dostoevsky
At the end of the day, let there be no excuses, no explanations, no regrets.
Steve Maraboli

Tue, Oct 24th

Mon, Oct 23rd

We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.
Anais Nin

Sun, Oct 22nd

Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.
Maya Angelou
Cheerfulness, it would appear, is a matter which depends fully as much on the state of things within, as on the state of things without and around us.
Charlotte Brontë

Fri, Oct 20th

Thu, Oct 19th

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.
Lao Tzu

Wed, Oct 18th

And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry - The Little Prince
You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
Love like you'll never be hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening,
And live like it's heaven on earth.
William W. Purkey

Tue, Oct 17th

Mon, Oct 16th

To share your weakness is to make yourself vulnerable; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength.
Criss Jami
I believe in everything until it's disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it's in your mind. Who's to say that dreams and nightmares aren't as real as the here and now?
John Lennon

Sun, Oct 15th

I learned that it is the weak who are cruel, and that gentleness is to be expected only from the strong.
Leo Rosten

Sat, Oct 14th

Fri, Oct 13th

When you are joyful, when you say yes to life and have fun and project positivity all around you, you become a sun in the center of every constellation, and people want to be near you.
Shannon L. Alder

Thu, Oct 12th

Give a bowl of rice to a man and you will feed him for a day. Teach him how to grow his own rice and you will save his life.
What can an eternity of damnation matter to someone who has felt, if only for a second, the infinity of delight?
Charles Baudelaire

Wed, Oct 11th

Tue, Oct 10th

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.
Martin Luther King Jr

Mon, Oct 9th

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
Helen Keller
I am afraid that our eyes are bigger than our stomachs, and that we have more curiosity than understanding. We grasp at everything, but catch nothing except wind.
Michel de Montaigne

Sun, Oct 8th

Sat, Oct 7th

The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing, and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.
Henri Nouwen

Fri, Oct 6th

The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.
Randy Pausch
Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
Mark Twain

Thu, Oct 5th

Wed, Oct 4th

Bran thought about it. "Can a man still be brave if he's afraid?"
''That is the only time a man can be brave," his father told him.
George R.R. Martin

Tue, Oct 3rd

Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.
Ann Landers
It is a joy to be hidden, and disaster not to be found.
D.W. Winnicott

Mon, Oct 2nd

Sun, Oct 1st

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

Sat, Sep 30th

When people cheat in any arena, they diminish themselves-they threaten their own self-esteem and their relationships with others by undermining the trust they have in their ability to succeed and in their ability to be true.
Cheryl Hughes
Live the life of your dreams: be brave enough to live the life of your dreams according to your vision and purpose instead of the expectations and opinions of others.
Roy T. Bennett

Fri, Sep 29th

Thu, Sep 28th

Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.
Mark Twain

Wed, Sep 27th

Because one believes in oneself, one doesn't try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn't need others' approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.
Lao Tzu
Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.
Marcus Aurelius

Tue, Sep 26th

Mon, Sep 25th

People don't get better, they just get smarter. When you get smarter you don't stop pulling the wings off flies, you just think of better reasons for doing it.
Stephen King

Sun, Sep 24th

I don't trust people who don't love themselves and tell me, 'I love you.' ... There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.
Maya Angelou
The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.
Albert Einstein

Sat, Sep 23th

Fri, Sep 22th

I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. He taught me that if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be
Roald Dahl

Thu, Sep 21th

I take pleasure in my transformations. I look quiet and consistent, but few know how many women there are in me.
Anais Nin
Because one believes in oneself, one doesn't try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn't need others' approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.
Lao Tzu

Wed, Sep 20th

This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature. Take the power to control your own life. No one else can do it for you. Take the power to make your life happy.
Susan Polis Schutz

Tue, Sep 19th

Mon, Sep 18th

I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded; not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night.
Khaled Hosseini - The Kite Runner
Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself.
Henry David Thoreau - Walden

Sun, Sep 17th

Sat, Sep 16th

The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.
To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.
William Blake

Fri, Sep 15th

Thu, Sep 14th

Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.
Henry Thomas Buckle
We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.
Kurt Vonnegut
The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.

Wed, Sep 13th

Tue, Sep 12th

Most men either compromise or drop their greatest talents and start running after, what they perceive to be, a more reasonable success, and somewhere in between they end up with a discontented settlement. Safety is indeed stability, but it is not progression.
Criss Jami

Mon, Sep 11th

A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition.
Henry Miller

Thu, Aug 31st

June 18 - Titan submersible implosion: All five crew members of Titan, a deep-sea submersible exploring the wreck of the Titanic, are killed following a catastrophic implosion of the vessel.

Wed, Aug 30th

Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and 14 other Commonwealth realms dies at Balmoral Castle in Scotland at the age of 96.

Tue, Aug 29th

The exploration of space will go ahead, whether we join in it or not, and it is one of the great adventures of all time, and no nation which expects to be the leader of other nations can expect to stay behind in the race for space.
John F Kennedy

Mon, Aug 28th

No matter how big a nation is, it is no stronger than its weakest people, and as long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you might otherwise.
Marian Anderson

Sun, Aug 27th

April 10, 2019 - the Event Horizon Telescope captures the first image of a black hole

Sat, Aug 26th

The struggles we endure today will be the ‘good old days’ we laugh about tomorrow.
Aaron Lauritsen

Fri, Aug 25th

Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.
Virginia Woolf

Thu, Aug 24th

The Gotthard Base Tunnel, the world's longest and deepest railway tunnel, is opened following two decades of construction work.
Fire and water looked so lovely together. It was a pity they destroyed each other by nature.
R.F. Kuang

Wed, Aug 23th

Tue, Aug 22th

Alan Eustace, an American computer scientist, sets a world record for the highest and longest free fall jump from 135,908 feet over Roswell, New Mexico, United States, breaking the sound barrier with peak speeds exceeding 822 miles per hour during a record space dive out of a massive helium-filled balloon.

Mon, Aug 21th

February 15 – A meteor explodes over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, injuring 1500 people and damaging over 4,300 buildings. It is the most powerful meteor to strike Earth's atmosphere in over a century.

Sun, Aug 20th

the passenger cruise ship Costa Concordia lies capsized after the Costa Concordia disaster

Sat, Aug 19th

We live our comfortable lives in the shadow of a disaster of our own making. That disaster is being brought about by the very things that allow us to live our comfortable lives.
David Attenborough

Fri, Aug 18th

April 20: The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion and subsequent oil spill becomes the worst marine oil spill in history.

Thu, Aug 17th

For 42 years, I've been making small, regular deposits in this bank of experience, education and training. And on January 15, the balance was sufficient so that I could make a very large withdrawal.
Sully Sullenberger

Wed, Aug 16th

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
Buckminster Fuller
2007 European heat wave: in the aftermath of Greece's worst heat wave in a century, at least 11 people are reported dead from heatstroke, approximately 200 wildfires break out nationwide, and the country's electricity grid nearly collapses due to record breaking demand.

Tue, Aug 15th

Mon, Aug 14th

May 17th, 2006: The Human Genome Project publishes the final chromosome sequence, in Nature.

Sun, Aug 13th

"Me at the zoo" is the first ever video uploaded on Youtube and played a pivotal role in fundamentally altering how people consumed media.
“What is my purpose in life?” I asked the void. “What if I told you that you fulfilled it when you took an extra hour to talk to that kid about his life?” said the voice. “Or when you paid for that young couple in that restaurant? Or when you saved that dog in traffic? Or when you tied your father’s shoes for him?”

"Your problem is that you equate purpose with goal-based achievement. God or the Universe or morality isn’t interested in your achievements… just your heart. When you choose to act out of kindness, compassion and love, you are already aligned with your true purpose. No need to look any further.”
~ Note to Self ~ Tao & Zen

Sat, Aug 12th

Fri, Aug 11th

In 2003, 6 weeks after launching the US-led invasion of Iraq, President George W. Bush gave the infamous speech "Mission Accomplished"

Thu, Aug 10th

On March 11th, 2002 A fire at a girls' school in Mecca, Saudi Arabia kills 15 students. The deaths are attributed to Islamic religious police that prevented the girls from leaving because their dress did not comply with Islamic standards of modesty.
April 1st, 2001: The Netherlands became the first country on Earth to permit same-sex couples to marry and grant same-sex couples adoption rights

Wed, Aug 9th

Tue, Aug 8th

On May 11th, 2000, India's population officially reached 1 billion people

Mon, Aug 7th

After rowing for 81 days and 3408 miles, Tori Murden becomes the first woman and first American to cross the Atlantic Ocean by rowboat alone, when she reaches Guadeloupe from the Canary Islands.

Sun, Aug 6th

What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.
Kurt Vonnegut

Sat, Aug 5th

In 1997 in Japan, over 700 children suffer epileptic attacks due to an episode of the Pokémon anime.

In the same year, Hale-Bopp comet passes by Earth.

Fri, Aug 4th

The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
Isaac Asimov

Thu, Aug 3rd

Errors do not cease to be errors simply because they’re ratified into law.
E.A. Bucchianeri

Wed, Aug 2nd

Nelson Mandela is inaugurated on May 10th, 1994 as the country's first Black President in South Africa.

Tue, Aug 2st

Dec 2nd, 1993: Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar is gunned down by police.

Mon, July 31th

Artists are the gatekeepers of truth.
We are civilizations radical voice.
Paul Robenson

Fri, July 28th

Animated Sequence for Immersive Trivia Night

73 clips in 7.30 minutes with some of the best movies, characters, and quotes of the past 100 years.

Watch on Youtube.
Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.
James Baldwin

Thu, July 27th

It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.
Vincent Van Gogh
“You’re a storyteller. Dream up something wild and improbable," she pleaded. "Something beautiful and full of monsters."

“Beautiful and full of monsters?"

“All the best stories are.”
Laini Taylor - Strange the Dreamer

Tue, July 25th

Mon, July 24th

The public is more familiar with bad design than good design. It is, in effect, conditioned to prefer bad design, because that is what it lives with. The new becomes threatening, the old reassuring
Paul Rand
A good writer doesn’t just think, and then write down what he thought, as a sort of transcript. A good writer will almost always discover new things in the process of writing.
Paul Graham

Sat, July 22th

Fri, July 21th

How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
Each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d.
Alexander Pope

Thu, July 20th

The city is a fact in nature, like a cave, a run of mackerel or an ant-heap. But it is also a conscious work of art, and it holds within its communal framework many simpler and more personal forms of art. Mind takes form in the city; and in turn, urban forms condition mind.
Lewis Mumford
You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
Love like you'll never be hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening,
And live like it's heaven on earth.
William W. Purkey

Wed, July 19th

Tue, July 18th

If today is not your day, then be happy - for this day shall never return.

And if today is your day, then be happy now - for this day shall never return.
Kamand Kojouri

Mon, July 17th

Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.

Sat, July 15th

When people don't express themselves, they die one piece at a time.
Laurie Halse Anderson - Speak
Planes are the perfect places to market test snacks.
If you prick us, do we not bleed? It you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?
Shakespeare - The Merchant of Venice

Fri, July 14th

One of the best lessons you can learn in life is how to be alone, and that being alone is not loneliness.
Lidia Longorio - Hey Humanity

Thu, July 13th

Wed, July 12th

The present is the past rolled up for action, and the past is the present unrolled for understanding.
Will Durant - The Lessons of History
In the last 3,421 years of recorded history only 268 have seen no war.
Take a piano. The keys begin, the keys end. You know there are 88 of them and no-one can tell you differently. They are not infinite, you are infinite. And on those 88 keys the music that you can make is infinite.
Novecento - The legend of 1900

Tue, July 11th

Leisure historically meant freedom from the work needed to survive, freedom for intellectual or creative pursuits. It was learning and study and the pursuit of higher things.
Ryan Holiday - Stillness Is the Key

Mon, July 10th

Sat, July 8th

If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.
Maya Angelou
We don't make movies to make money, we make money to make movies.
Walt Disney

Fri, July 7th

Share your dots, but don't connect them.
Austin Kleon

Thu, July 6th

Tue, July 4th

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
Martin Luther King

Mon, July 3rd

If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends), "Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?" chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.
Steven Pressfield, The War of Art
Don’t let stereotypes define you, or they will bury you.

Sun, July 2nd

Wed, June 28th

The universe is not hostile, nor yet is it friendly. It is simply indifferent.
J. H. Holmes

Tue, June 27th

People who learn to control inner experience will be able to determine the quality of their lives, which is as close as any of us can come to being happy.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi - Flow

Book: Flow

flow book
The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.
Jessica Hische

Mon, June 26th

If we were not all so interested in ourselves, life would be so uninteresting that none of us would be able to endure it.
Arthur Schopenhauer

Sun, June 25th

A bit of Process

trivia bit of process

Sat, June 24th

I always thought education was learning to think for yourself.
Tom Schulman - Dead Poets Society
That's all any of us are: amateurs. We don't live long enough to be anything else.
Charlie Chaplin

Fri, June 23th

Thu, June 22nd

The minute you stop wanting something, you get it.
Andy Warhol
Telling yourself you have all the time in the world, all the money in the world, all the colors in the palette, anything you want - that just kills creativity.
Jack White

Wed, June 21st

Tue, June 20th

Accepting the opportunity cost that comes with choice is painful. The work every perfectionist has the energy to engage in when they are restored is that of finding the strength to define success on their own terms - on their own timetables, honoring their own values, with their own metrics for achievement. Perfectionism represents the natural, innate, and healthy human impulse to align with our whole, complete selves.
Katherine Morgan Schafler "The Perfectionist Guide to Losing Control"

Mon, June 19th

Everyone is screwed up, broken, clingy, and scared, even the people who seem to have it more or less together. They are much more like you than you would believe.
Anne Lamott
Talking to my sister 6000 miles away makes me nostalgic: no matter how much we argued or pushed or called each other names, I wish I had someone in my life that gives me the same blunt, painful honesty.

Sat, June 17th

Fri, June 16th

Creation is messy. It starts with a bunch of seamingly disconnected pieces, notes, ideas, scribbles, sketches. What's important is to be able to STAND not KNOWING, long enough to LET its SOUL come ALIVE.
Children have never been good at listening to their elders, but they ever fail to imitate them.
James Baldwin

Thu, June 15th

Wed, June 14th

Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people that they don't like.
Will Rogers

Tue, June 13th

We're all ghosts. We all carry, inside us, people who came before us.
Lian Callanan

Mon, June 12th

Perfectionists are people who consistently notice the difference between an ideal and a reality, and who strive to maintain a high degree of personal accountability. This results in the perfectionist experiencing, more often than not, a compulsion to bridge the gulf between reality and an ideal themselves.
Katherine Morgan Schafler "The Perfectionist Guide to Losing Control"

Some Days

Sat, June 10th

You are the fairy tale told by your ancestors.
Toba Beta
Anyone who isn't embarrassed of who they were last year probably isn't learning enough.
Alain De Botton

Fri, June 9th

the enthusiast who pursues her work in the spirit of love.
Austin Kleon

Thu, June 8th

Wed, June 7th


Like all grandmas, Grandma was a tiny woman - god knows why all grandmas shrink in size, and naturally she did too. She had..

Grandma's Potatoes

Grandma’s potatoes are soft on the inside and lightly crunchy on the outside. They are cooked three..

Tue, June 6th

Mon, June 5th

Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you my be violent and original in your work.
Gustave Flaubert

Fri, June 2nd

Distance and difference are the secret tonic of creativity. When we get home, home is still the same. But something in our mind has been changed, and that changes everything.
Jonah Lehrer

Ease out

Thu, June 1st

In the beginner's mind, there are many possibilities.

In the expert's mind, there are few.
Shunryū Suzuki, Zen monk

Wed, May 31st

"If you work on something a little bit every day, you end up with something that is massive."
Kennet Goldsmith