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.
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.
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.
Understanding that “waste is symptomatic of failed relationships” has changed our view about repairing/mending/fixing — from the inside out.
Self Reflected is a series of complex, wildly beautiful, artistic representations of neural pathways showing what consciousness looks like — YOUR consciousness, this very moment.
When a friend mentioned that she often calmed her wakeful daughter by playing whale songs to her, I had to try it myself.
The great Joseph Mitchell reminded us that "thoughts of death and doom" are part of the human condition, and of ways to rid our mind of them.
The AP reports that Cubans who make their own wine employ condoms as inflatable gauges that indicate when the wine is ready. That got us wondering about other uses for the common, incredibly useful material.