Friday Favorites

Here are some things that inspired me this week. I’d love to hear what inspired you, leave me a message in the comments.

Brain Pickings, the curatorial blog run by Maria Popovo that gathers interesting ideas from a diverse range of sources, turned 9 this week. I think you’ll love the 9 Learnings from 9 Years of Brain Pickings that she wrote to mark the occasion. My favorites are number 4 – build pockets of stillness into your life and number 8 – seek out what magnifies your spirit.

I’m dying to read Mary Oliver’s new book of poetry called Felicity but have to wait until the pile of books by my bed shrinks a bit – I think I’ll put it on my Christmas list. In the meantime, I loved listening to the conversation between Mary Oliver and Krista Tippett called Listening to the World. And Garrison Keillor reading a poem from Felicity entitled I Don’t Want to Lose on The Writer’s Almanac.

If you read this blog, you’ll know that I’ve been working with altered books recently. If you’re interested in altering books too, here’s a great resource – Lisa Vollrath’s Crash Course on Altered Books. It includes videos on how to choose the right book and how to prepare the book before altering it plus plenty of inspiring photographs.

And finally, living in New England it’s hard not to be inspired by the breathtaking Fall colors that surround us. How does Fall look in your part of the world?

Fall Colors at Tower Hill Botanic Gardens

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  1. What an excellent resource that Crash course on altered books is – thanks for sharing! The Brain Pickings link is also good. I think 2 & 9 go hand in hand, if not actually being very similar, with 2 resonating the most with me. Don’t know why I can so easily be led down the garden path but I often find myself having to reassess just why I’ve gotten to a certain place that feels uncomfortable.

    My neck of the woods looks similar to yours, btw, except this past week we’ve had some rain and wind and many leaves are now on the ground. But not all – still plenty of spectacular splashes of color. 🙂

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