Sublime Murmuration of Starlings, ‘The Great Scarf of Birds’ (Updike)

Scientists have found many ways to explain what remains largely mysterious: the astonishing murmurations of starlings Jan van IJKen captured in this sublime short video. The best description of that mystery is John Updike’s The ...

Read More 12.11.17 | 2:16am

How To Have Your Cake and Serve It Too (Fran Black’s Revelation)

Fran Black, known in Australia as Dr. Fran, for her wise counsel on health matters, is an unusually outside-the-box thinker on everyday matters. Recently, she shared her revelation about the dessert she’d made for guests ...

Read More 12.8.17 | 2:28am

Mary Oliver’s New Anthology Devotions: Hymns to Possibility

We often weave poetry into Improvised Life’s articles, taking John Ashbery’s view that The poem is a hymn to possibility.  Of the many poets we publish, Mary Oliver is probably the most frequent. We were thrilled ...

Read More 12.5.17 | 2:51am