Thought Catalog's 10 Ways You're Making Your Life Harder Than It Has Top Be did a great job of identifying some really common disruptive thought patterns I share with about a million other people. One in particular really hit home.
You have only to search MIRROR on Improvised Life to find evidence of an obsession. Not to look at one’s self. But to angle them in such a way as to SEE a bigger view. Take these port-hole mirrors, for example…and Basho’s haiku…
Before he died poet John Ashbery compared his work to tailoring, and told why a poem, like clothing, needs to be "slightly off".
I was pretty oblivious to the absolute marvel of Cassini until I saw this curiously moving video. Its story and the astonishing images and data it recorded will splash your day full of wonder
How nice to have a sign in a fitting room that says: If you don’t find what you are looking for, we can order it online. UNLESS that sign is printed in bold right in ...
After trying a number of materials, the truly miraculous (and fun!) Sugru proved the only one to fix the $300 noise-cancelling headphones I rely on to calm my super-sensitive nervous system. It has become a staple in my arsenal.
This tiny, funny, illuminating poem of a film shows everyday objects in the moments of tension — the thresholds — before they fall apart, spring, light, snap together... As we watched it, we couldn't help thinking of ourselves.
In her 1973 essay "On the Perfection Underlying Life", artist Agnes Martin addresses the rewards of "the panic of complete helplessness"; the real meaning of mistakes, and an unexpected path to contentment.
In Parm Bones: How to Raise Flavor From Foods You Might Throw Away, Zingerman's Mo Frechette outlines tricks traditional, i.e. frugal, ie savvy cooks use to amplify flavor from the last bits of ingredients. They're essential, as is this Parm Bone Broth recipe.
This charming line drawing Madrid artist Angela Leon drew on her wall made me think of Matisse, Jean Cocteau AND Mira Keras' monochrome tattoo designs.
Recently we heard of a woman who, with each new decade, gives up something she hates. She stopped dying her hair. Ten years later, she stopped wearing the dresses. At first we wondered why she only gave up things she hated only every decade. Then we got real.
During our recent working vacation, we tested out a strategy that yielded the secret to navigating a mountain of work without stress:
We were about to take some time to do NOTHING when got a notice for Jury Duty and found a trove of essential, time-sensitive tasks that had fallen by the wayside. We wondered how to plough through obligations AND rest in a beachy, refreshing way?
In the course of yesterday's extraordinary afternoon of the eclipse, readers and friends sent us their many a la minute eclipse improvisations. The most unexpected was the cake Zoe made...
We haven't gotten it together to get truly-safe-for-your-eyes eclipse viewing glasses ourselves. So we've figured out lazy-dog, last minute strategies for experiencing this once-in-a-blue-moon cosmic wonder...by doing practically nothing.