Emil Ferris, creator of the breakout graphic novel, My Favorite Thing is Monsters, writes eloquently about the misunderstood notion of thinking outside the box. She knows what she's talking about; she’s navigated extraordinary challenges with aplomb.
We when first watched this beautiful two minute video, we knew nothing about it, who made it or who its subject was. We thought only: THAT is how we want to be...
We found this cartoon while we were leafing through The Complete Cartoons of the New Yorker, perfect, relaxing bedtime reading. Drawn in 1966 by Charles E. Martin, it's even more timely today.
The Typewriter Orchestra makes music on vintage desktop and portable machines. And suddenly we see typewriters as percussion instrument, in addition to unique tool for tapping the poetic subconscious...
No one could have imagined that Ella Fitzgerald's dark early life would have led to winning Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater in Harlem and the launch of her singing career. She was a master of wildly improvised scat singing that echoed a wildly improvised life.
We've found that reading catalogues not only relaxing, but makes our brains sparkle with unexpected ways to use materials. Our favorite catalogue of all is Cool Tools, a catalogue of possibilities that EXPANDS our view mightily.
Improvised Life Editorial Assistant Mira Keras also happens to be a tattoo artist recently featured in Buzzfeed. She developed a survivalist’s approach to right-livlelihood that works for both Millenials and Boomers navigating rough economic seas.
This morning, after a friend read us this fragment of Mary Oliver's poem, Good Morning, we tucked our favorite red notebook in our bag...
We were thrilled to find a free, streamable Spotify playlist with over 3,300 songs from novelist Haruki Murakami's legendary record collection. Its range is vast, from rare jazz recordings to a huge riff of Bach and Elvis: discoveries that fuel our own creative endeavors.
This sign on Holton Rower's studio door instantly shifts our perspective: about being more mindful of the potential to hurt someone’s feelings......including our own
When Bo Diddley shouted “This monkey is tied, now let’s skin it!” Stephen Asma got his first lesson in the art of improvisation. Here's what he learned from "roughneck Buddhas"...
Living on the top floor of an apartment building, we are always under threat of leaks from the roof above. What if we did a purposely fresco-like distressed ceiling or wall that would just get better from leak stains?
Like most people, we often feel like we are juggling way too many things in our life. Although we try to simplify, make choices, edit out the unnecessary, we have not yet mastered the equilibrium of just enough. How startling then to find A Poem for Someone Who is Juggling Her Life and its affirmation of a very counter-intuitive option...
As we passed a Police/Fire Emergency alarm on 123rd Street, we noticed an official looking bright yellow form taped to it. We walked by then turned back to read it; something didn't look quite right. We discovered that it was a sort of makeshift dispenser of...JOY Permits,
This Sunday, we'll celebrate Spring and Easter with a simple, of-the-season breakfast: soft boiled eggs with toast soldiers, and good coffee, inspired by Ellen Silverman's Girl with Egg. Here's how to make perfection out of something so simple.
When Rose asked Bill Gates what the biggest thing he'd learned from Warren Buffett is, Gates replied it isn't about investing money; it's about investing time.