Improvised Life » inspiration http://www.improvisedlife.com If you can't hunt with a dog, hunt with a cat... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08:00:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 An Improvised Roost to See What’s Around http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/10/improvised-roost-see-whats-around/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/10/improvised-roost-see-whats-around/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 20:04:43 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45181

Sometimes we like to climb up on whatever’s around to shift our view and perspective. Do-able just about anywhere.

Image curated by Holton Rower

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A Vacation Note to Our Friends with Benefits http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/08/12/vacation-gift-friends-benefits/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/08/12/vacation-gift-friends-benefits/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 08:50:11 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44941

R/ Susan Dworski

While we take much needed time off this August, we want to make sure our Friends with Benefits get full value for their subscriptions.

We’d planned to simply add an extra month to all subscriptions, but have encountered unexpected technical difficulties. We hope you’ll bear with us during our hiatus and know that we’re working on a solution.

For those monthly subscribers who’d like an immediate refund, please click Contact Us or email us at info@improvisedlife.com; we’ll be happy to do so. (Be sure to send us the email address you used to subscribe with Tinypass.)

With thanks and wishes for a wondrous last few weeks of summer,

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thomasjs.com/bivouac

We recently read that President Taft had a sleeping porch built (below) on the roof of the White House in the 20’s. On hot summer nights, the first family could sleep up there to cool off. It allowed the President retreat up there to chill and look out over Washington.  It was improved in 1927 when the third floor was expanded. Grace Coolidge called it the “Sky Parlor”.

We LOVE this for two reasons: that a man living in such straight-laced conditions as the Presidency would do something so personal and eccentric.

And that WE love sleeping outside as well, and often sleep out on our top-floor terrace, so we can look out at the giant trees in the park across the way and the stars, while listening to the lilt of Motown from the folks hanging out on the corner. (Nobody can see us as our ornamental grasses hide us.) We always preferred the tent guesroom our friends would erect when a crowd would emerge for several day reunions.

We’re always on the lookout for cool impermanent shacks (more…)

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Anthony Giglio Kills at the Moth! http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/30/anthony-giglio-kills-moth/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/30/anthony-giglio-kills-moth/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:00:01 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44608

Anthony Giglio is journalist, sommelier, and author of Food & Wine Wine GuidesCocktails in New York and Mr. Boston’s Official Bartender’s Guide. He is wine blogger for Details and Improvised Life’s deviser of brilliant, simple strategies for celebrations both grand and low-key.

Of late, Anthony revealed yet another side of himself: a superb storyteller whose personal stories move and transform. He brought down the house at The Moth when he performed “Listen Here, Fancy Pants!” live in May of 2012. Due some non-public-radio-friendly language (we disagree), it has taken two years for it to be made public and accessible online. (more…)

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Do a Wheelie!! http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/28/wheelie/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/28/wheelie/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:00:28 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44130

We LOVE everything that is in clear defiance of age (or any other) limiting stereotypes.

You GO girl/woman/lady/man/daddy/mister/ms/miss/mama….!

via Pinterest

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Learning to Fly at Home (Yves Lecoq) http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/28/learning-fly-home-yves-lecoq/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/28/learning-fly-home-yves-lecoq/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:49:06 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44124

Yves Lecoq

Somewhere in our massive virtual rambles, we came across the images of Yves Lecoq, one of the best photographic fantasists we’ve seen. His images seem absolutely real.

One of his ongoing themes is humans rigging ways to fly. That, of course, would be us. (more…)

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Freeform Architecture LEGO Kit in Monochrome White (+ D-I-Y Alternative) http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/24/freeform-architecture-lego/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/24/freeform-architecture-lego/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:00:30 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44412

LEGO

Having long been enamored of building blocks both miniature and life-sized for their cool modularity and open invitation to improvise, I find this jumbo building kit from LEGO is the perfect thing for adults to play/plan/build with. Whether to envision a real-life project in small scale or simply get out of your own head for a minute, these blocks are great as an office toy or something to share with a curious, independent kid in your life. (more…)

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Gif of the Week: Feel the Sand http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/22/gif-week-feel-sand/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/22/gif-week-feel-sand/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:00:31 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=43898

It’s summer. Time to play in the sand.

 

 

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Gif of the Week: Spreading Wings http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/16/gif-week-spreading-wings/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/16/gif-week-spreading-wings/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:00:28 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44206

 

If this beauty of of a gif doesn’t show in the post (gifs can be glitchy), click here.

 

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GIF of the Week: Fractal View http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/09/gif-week-fractal-view/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/09/gif-week-fractal-view/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:00:27 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=43301

If the gif isn’t here, click here to view.

via Holton Rower via Beautiful Decay

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Surfing Through the Wave http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/08/surfing-wave/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/08/surfing-wave/#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 08:06:41 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=43818

(Video link HERE.) Some people like watching this with the sound cranked up. We find it more beautiful OFF…

….a reminder of that the path can sometimes be obscured, but we must keep riding through as best we can…

 

via The Dish

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‘To Come Home to Yourself’, John O’Donohue’s Blessing http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/07/come-home-john-odonohues-blessing/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/07/come-home-john-odonohues-blessing/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 08:17:40 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=43764

We learned of Irish poet John O’Donohue when reader Mary Kelly sent us his powerful words in response to our post about Human Error Messages. She wrote:

John O’Donohue, who wrote Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom and who celebrated our wildness and crazy strength, often has words that dissolve hardness inside me – I read this yesterday and it made me feel soft and new . . .

The blessing/poem/prayer is called To Come Home to Yourself.  A reminder we can use daily.

 

 

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Grant Snyder

Grant Snider nails it again.

 

What leaps are you afraid to make?       (Make a list, real or imaginary, of what they are and why you want to make them.) (more…)

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What our Big Leap Feels Like, and Why http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/06/11/leap-feels-like/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/06/11/leap-feels-like/#comments Wed, 11 Jun 2014 08:23:10 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=41963

Digernes

When we saw the image of a person sitting on the very edge of Norway’s Trolltunga, a giant rock that juts horizontally out of a mountain over half a mile off the ground, we thought: THAT’s how we feel 14 days after having launched our Friends with Benefits Subscription program. We now charge a tiny amount after our readers have enjoyed ten free reads per month.

We’ve likened it to a leap, and LEAP it has been (more…)

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