Improvised Life » leaping + flying http://www.improvisedlife.com If you can't hunt with a dog, hunt with a cat... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 06:54:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Friends With Benefits: Trading Jewels & Taking Leaps—Together http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/25/fwb-week-6/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/25/fwb-week-6/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 08:00:33 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44518

Early 1900s - delivering the first cleaving blow to the massive world-famous Cullinan diamond

One of our readers, Carol E., wrote to us,

In the morning it’s The Improvised Life with my coffee and then the morning paper.

I have described you as a little jewel of a magazine that I read online every morning. Many thanks!’

We love the image of Improvised Life as a “jewel”—it rings true because for the past five years, we’ve worked ceaselessly to turn raw material (from both original projects and found content) into something personalized, polished and presented to you with (hopefully) a real sense of exchange and mutual enrichment. (more…)

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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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Underwater Film Break with Néry’s “Narcose” http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/11/underwater-film-break-nerys-narcose/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/11/underwater-film-break-nerys-narcose/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 22:00:29 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45074

(Video link HERE.) This intoxicating little under-sea film by Julie Gautier follows record-holding deep diver Guillaume Néry down, down until he experiences the confusion and euphoria of high-pressure nitrogen narcosis. A little bit scary and very much lovely, this thirteen-minute journey into the depths of the ocean and Néry’s hallucinations will throw you far out of your daily routine and into the “rapture of the deep.”

Sinnae Choi via The Dish

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Re-entry…What We Learned On Our Summer Stay-cation http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/02/back-retreat/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/02/back-retreat/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 08:01:28 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45095

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Monday evening of Labor Day, we could positively FEEL the shift of air and energy as the entire country grabbed every last BIT before the official end of summer. In the park we look out on, there was SERIOUS barbecue action, music, dancing, LIFE going on. We spent the day hanging on the terrace reflecting on our three-week stay-cation that turned out way different than we had imagined. (more…)

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Time to Take a Break…We’ll Be Back in September http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/08/12/time-take-break/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/08/12/time-take-break/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 07:25:52 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44935

Ernst Haas

If we had to sum up the past few months with a single image, it would be this one. We’ve been roping a wild horse — life — and trying our best to go with it as we launched our Friends with Benefits subscription service and Improvised Life’s Store, saw a dear friend through a major health crisis, and navigated a recent, unexpected crisis with another. Many challenges to be sure.

We’re deeply tired and need to recharge and regroup. We’ll be back full of beans just after Labor Day as we put into practice an essential principle of an improvised life: (more…)

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Music for Monday Morning (Jun Miyake) http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/08/04/music-monday-morning-jun-miyake/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/08/04/music-monday-morning-jun-miyake/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 07:24:55 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44780

(Video link HERE.)  …perfect music for getting going on a Monday morning, as well as people dancing, leaping and gliding around in the most wonderful way (until the dark end). You can jump in anywhere to get a hit of LEAP energy.

Not content to just click one link, we can’t help but follow trails. The trails leading from this wonderful video turned us on to Japanese artist, composer, song writer Jun Miyake.

After buying Lillies of the Valley, we’ve been listening to his music on Spotify.

A groove.

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via the great Hedviggen

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School Girl Parcour http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/29/school-girl-parcour/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/29/school-girl-parcour/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:02:47 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44408

(Video link HERE.) In the annals of “breaking stereotypes” is this thrilling, mind-boggling, closer-than-bird’s-eye view of two Japanese schoolgirls doing seriously Ninja Parcour — usually the realm of young men — all around the city of Atami.

YES!!!!!!

 

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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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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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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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Grant Snider on Making the Leap http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/02/grant-snider-making-leap/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/02/grant-snider-making-leap/#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 08:50:57 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=43570

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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15 Seconds of Gorgeous from Tom Ashcraft http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/06/17/15-seconds-gorgeous-tom-ashcraft/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/06/17/15-seconds-gorgeous-tom-ashcraft/#comments Tue, 17 Jun 2014 23:00:31 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=43230 Tom Ashcraft "Artisan, Naturalist, Electroreceptor and Scientific Instrument Builder" is a man who completely defies categorization. He's got all sorts of gear that constantly monitors and records wondrous things that are going on in the sky all around us. His lovely little film is like watching the night sky out in the country...]]> http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/06/17/15-seconds-gorgeous-tom-ashcraft/feed/ 0 Daybooks with Custom Covers to Mark Where You Are or Are Going http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/06/16/marella-consolini-daybooks-custom-covers-mark-going/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/06/16/marella-consolini-daybooks-custom-covers-mark-going/#comments Mon, 16 Jun 2014 08:41:10 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=42870

Marella Consolini

Marella Consolini, former Chief Operating Officer of the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas, is one of the many very interesting Improvised Life readers we’ve come to know and be amazed by. Somehow years ago, an email exchange started and continued until we feel like she is an old friend, who we happen to have never met in person.

In a recent email, Marella sent images of the day books she embellishes yearly with images; the current one, above, features Yves Klein’s famous leap to mark a year of questions, transitions and new challenges: (more…)

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If We Never Tried, We’d Never Know… What’s Possible http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/05/28/never-try-never-know-2/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/05/28/never-try-never-know-2/#comments Thu, 29 May 2014 03:42:05 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=42134

Sweaty Wisdom

Today has been a DAY. All morning long we watched as Tinypass alerts came into Improvised Life’s inbox, announcing subscribers to our new Friends with Benefits subscription service. One by one they landed like butterflies. We saw names we’ve never seen before, people who have been reading and following and enjoying Improvised Life enough to help it survive.

We deeply appreciate your very tangible support and good will as we follow a path we know to be true:  Never Try, Never Know. (more…)

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