Improvised Life » inspiration http://www.improvisedlife.com If you can't hunt with a dog, hunt with a cat... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:07:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Gif of the Week: Brain Storm Coming In! http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/20/gif-week-strom-coming/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/20/gif-week-strom-coming/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:00:03 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45447

 

 

via Hedviggen

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Playing for Change’s Glorious, Global “Stand by Me” http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/20/playing-changes-glorious-global-stand/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/20/playing-changes-glorious-global-stand/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:57:03 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=46055

(Video link here.)  In 2005, Mark Johnson was walking in Santa Monica, California, when he heard Roger Ridley singing “Stand By Me” with stunning soul and conviction. Mark asked, “With a voice like yours, why are you singing on the streets?” 

Roger replied, “Man I’m in the Joy business, I come out to be with the people.” 

Mark returned with a recording equipment and cameras to record Roger for Playing for Change, (more…)

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An Engineer’s Strategy for Getting Things Done http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/09/engineers-strategy-getting-things-done/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/09/engineers-strategy-getting-things-done/#comments Thu, 09 Oct 2014 08:30:32 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45868

One of the great gifts of Improvised Life has been correspondence with readers, who are a mightily varied, creative and surprising group of people. Recently, Michigan-based engineer Kevin Neff, responding to the contest/challenge we published a few weeks ago,  has been advising me on how to rig my bed to stop it from transmitting the mysterious vibration that comes through the floor. In addition to the practical solutions — making or buying concrete bed legs of a certain, carefully-calculated weight, and sandwiching them with visco-elastic Sorbothane —he offered an excellent strategy for getting project done. (more…)

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Wise Words from May Sarton http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/08/wise-words-may-sarton/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/08/wise-words-may-sarton/#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2014 08:43:41 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45805

Susan Dworski

Susan Dworski sent us this powerful quote from poet May Sarton after we mentioned how helpful reading Pema Chodrun is during times of upheavel, accompanied by this note:

Pema’s book is a standby at our house. Good call on that one.  It reminded me of a quote from poet May Sarton that has always been an inspiration for me when world’s yin and yang seems to be whirling a little too fast. We’re going to print Susan’s lovely design on our color printer and put it on our wall, an essential reminder.  The “world’s yin and yang” has definitely been whirling FAST.]]>
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Improvised Family http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/07/improvised-life-family-thank/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/07/improvised-life-family-thank/#comments Tue, 07 Oct 2014 08:02:14 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45785

Isabel Rower

Since posting the sudden announcement that I would be taking a break due to a confluence of big life events, I’ve received the most generous response from Improvised Life’s readers: notes of sympathy, gratitude, understanding, support. They came in many forms: from Isabel Rower’s artwork card to emails and Comments, to hand-written notes.  Some readers subscribed to Friends with Benefits despite there being no new content, sending a little affirmation to my Inbox.

When I mentioned them to Susan Dworski, a frequent contributor who has become a friend though I have never met in person, she wrote: (more…)

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How to Dance on the Side of a Building (Video) http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/06/fly-video-sally-edit-title-url/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/06/fly-video-sally-edit-title-url/#comments Mon, 06 Oct 2014 21:08:09 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45796

(Video link HERE.) Don’t know about you, but we could use some fantasy flying about now.

Although we find ourselves a bit over saturated with GoPri videos and curiously jaded to their magical effects, not so with this video of acrobats “dancing” on the side of a building.  We find it even more magical with the sound OFF.

via Susan Dworski via The Browser

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Leap on a Rainy Day (Elliott Erwitt) http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/24/leap-rainy-day-elliott-erwitt/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/24/leap-rainy-day-elliott-erwitt/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 22:15:30 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44114

Elliott Erwitt, 1989

Even a rainy day — and difficult times — are an opportunity to leap!

Thanks to Chris Eldredge!

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What if Your Life Were a Painting? http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/16/paint/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/16/paint/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:14:08 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45334

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We —our lives — are really a kind of artist’s canvas.

When we take that view, we ask ourselves:

What are we painting?

Do we paint with kindness, generosity, anger, fear, bravado, hatred, curiosity… (more…)

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Wake Up: Weave Wonder Out of Failure http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/15/beauty-woven-failure/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/15/beauty-woven-failure/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:57:22 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45420

cynthiadavis.com

Recently, it feels like no matter how hard I try, I just can’t seem to erase the ominous “f” word, spelled out across my interior blackboard in capital letters: F A I L U R E.

My insomniac “fail”  rumination was interrupted at dawn when a photograph flew over my e-transom, jolting me out of my gloom, making me laugh out loud. (more…)

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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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