Friday Finds

  1. Beautiful things grow out of shit.
  2. Loyal. Colorful. Persnickety. Seeker. Introvert. (What are yours?)
  3. This piece is from May, but I agree with it.
  4. Fluorescence of flowers.
  5. Questions.
  6. Maps – the bathymetry of the Great Lakes cross stitch or the coastline of Alabama maps are two I found fascinating.
  7. More maps.
  8. In Praise of Pointless Goals.
  9. Are your eggs still good?
  10. Gender affirming medical care is under attack by misinformation/misunderstanding.
  11. Gorgeous.
  12. Do animals dream?
  13. Schedule your stress.
  14. Underappreciated films. (Lars and the Real Girl is one of my favorite films ever.)
  15. Wow.
  16. Also wow.
  17. This made me laugh and ties into this opinion piece.
  18. The dark side of creativity.
  19. Speaking of creativity: some sketchbook inspo.

Hope you have a very happy weekend!

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  • So many great things to see here, Kate, especially the photos of Earth and space and the fluorescent flowers. The article on the dark side of creativity was fascinating. I don’t consider myself a creative person (although I do have my moments), but I am ridiculously ethical. A while back I learned that scarcity and fear can dampen creativity, but I had never heard of the link between creativity and entitlement and dishonesty. This explains a whole lot of what’s going on in the world, hey?

    We are a map-loving family. That LEGO map—amazing! And the cross-stitch one too. My daughter has a bathymetric map of the Great Lakes that was created with cut and layered paper—it’s a beautiful piece of art.

    My five words (off the top of my head) would be mother, partner, observer, thinker, homebody.

    #17, part 2. Yup.

    • I would definitely call you ethical, but wouldn’t add the ridiculously.

      I love the five words you picked!

      Your daughters map does sound like a lovely piece of art and right up my alley!! I know we’ve discussed the love of the Great Lakes before!

  • I can tell this comment is going to be long, lol. 

    I cried when I watched the first video. I needed this today.

    I have to finish watching Grace and Frankie’s last season. I haven’t done it yet. This was my reminder.

    I can’t thank you enough for that map article. So I took a screenshot of the Chicago metropolitan area on the map size comparison to send to a friend, and that led me down a rabbit hole of Googling “Bored Panda Map,” which led me to SO MANY MAP POSTS. I’ll have a lot of fun later in my hammock. 🙂

    I just can’t stop looking at the photos of space.

    I love the piece about the constitution.

    Happy Weekend to you as well. ❤️

    • I love your long comment. Hearing what other people think about all the Friday finds is THE BEST part of Friday Finds!!

      Now *I* want to google map posts and look at them all. They are just so fascinating to me!

      I’m with you on the space photos. It’s overwhelming in the best kind of way.

  • Since Wednesday morning, I have been mostly either flat on my back or at a medical appointment. So, this post is much appreciated! As I’ve got some time on my hands, I’m pretty sure I’m going to check out some of those under-appreciated films. I love the thread I see connecting all the cool, quirky creative things, the piece on pointless goals, #17 and #18 (the first link, as I can’t read the second one), and some of your recent thoughts on joy.

    I’m not sure what my five words would be. Depends on the day, so…I guess some word that means adaptive or malleable or mercurial or something along those lines would have to be one of them.

    • I am so sorry to hear you’re still dealing with pain, Rita! How awful! If you find one you particularly enjoy, please let me know! I’ve seen a few, but there are certainly a lot on that list that I haven’t!

      I love the word adaptive. I think it’s a good word for our times.

      I hope you feel better soon!! With a lack of other concrete ways to help, sending healing thoughts your way

      • Thank you, Kate. I appreciate the thoughts. We watched Bottle Rocket last night. I mean, I sorta watched it. It played while I scrolled. I get why some people would really like it, but for me it was kinda meh. I did laugh a few times. At the bottom of the article was a link to a list of the 40 most over-rated movies. I don’t remember which movie it was, but there’s one that’s on both lists. That kind of tickled me.

  • I saw those questions from Seth and thought about answering them on my blog for all to see, but decided against it. Seemed like my answers were too personal to share. I try to remember to schedule my stress, a suggestion that seems like a good idea. Probably more productive than waking up in the middle of the night filled with angst. 🤔

    • Sorry for my delayed reply! For some reason I don’t get email notifications of comments any more! I need to fix that! Seth’s Blog is a recent to me find but I’m really loving it – quick and simple and sometimes profound.

      Late night (or mid-night wake up) stress is awful! I haven’t had a whole lot of luck scheduling, but it’s worth a try?!?