when you want to change the color of your shoes
but don’t have a job
to make the money to buy them
and no one will hire you
just because you are a 4-year-old
even though you have a lot of energy
you find your own way to get those turquoise shoes.
“a busy mind is full of thoughts, a blissful mind is full of ideas.”
– amit kalantri, author
Harper Lee — the famously private author, might never have written the classic “To Kill A Mockingbird” if it hadn’t been for a 1950s Christmas gift.
Back in 1956, Lee was a ticket agent for British Overseas Airways Corporation. Like most struggling writers, she was having trouble balancing her job and finding time to write. She told this to her New York City friends, Michael and Joy Brown (who were also friends of Truman Capote).
Michael was a successful “industrial musical writer” whom American corporations hired to create performances to inspire their workers. His clients ranged from DuPont to JC Penney, and he was raking in the money for songs like “The Wonderful World of Chemistry.”
So in 1956, the Browns’ gave Lee the best Christmas present of all: An entire year’s salary so she could take time to write whatever she wanted. “There was an envelope on the tree, addressed to me. I opened it and read: ‘You have one year off from your job to write whatever you please. Merry Christmas,'” she wrote in McCall’s Magazine in 1961. “ They assured me that it was not some sort of joke. They’d had a good year, they said. They’d saved some money and thought it was high time they did something about me.”
Lee took that time to write “To Kill A Mockingbird,” which sold over 40 million copies worldwide, has been translated into over 40 languages, served as the basis for a hugely popular film, and for which she won a Pulitzer Prize.
“when life gives you a gift, receive it with all your heart.”
credits: Megan Willett-Wei, Insider
this is my favorite hide and seek spot of the season.
my class has recently become enamored with a giant box of dinos
they play with them every day
create wildly imaginative scenarios
ask questions about real dinos
reassure me that the ones in our room are not real
one day when playing, a child asked
“would they wear masks if they were alive now?”
another jumped up to say
“never, ever, ever, ever, try to put a mask on a t-rex!!!!”
and an instant class book was born
what a brilliant title
others jumped in to offer reasons why you shouldn’t try to mask one
brainstorming was in full swing
some became illustrators
it is a fascinating and funny work in progress.
dinos may have left the earth forever, but books will never die.
“stories are the common ground that allow people to connect, despite all our defenses and all our differences.”
one of my favorite things is to hear a child tell a story.
image credit: nicolette sowder, wilderchild
3 am is the hour of writers,
painters, poets, musicians, silence seekers,
over-thinkers, and creative people.
We know who you are,
We can see your light on.
Keep on keeping on.
image credit: pinterest – vintage
wonder what the deadline on this project is?
so many things out in the world
just waiting to be discovered
one of my favorite things to do is to stumble upon them
share them with my camera and my words
“anything that excites me for any reason, i will photograph;
not searching for unusual subject matter, but making the commonplace unusual.”
love wandering around the town
discovering artists’ work
left in unexpected places
a sudden inspiration
using what they found
“i don’t think there’s anything in this universe as powerful as the power of an artist to create.
by that logic, we are all artists, aren’t we?”
art from discarded loose parts – recycled phones and cords
“it’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.”
image credit: *telephone sheep by jean luc cornec, artists without borders
*ArtistJean Luc has put old landline telephones to good use with his sculptures titled “Telephone Sheep”. The series explores how fast technology is moving and how we can put old things to good use. The sculptures use the hand dialing base as the head, the cords as their wool and the earpiece as their feet. The “Telephone Sheep” exhibit was displayed at the Museum of Telecommunication in Frankfurt.
when you go to the grocery
to get some ice
for your food
after a wild and windy rainstorm
knocked your power out
you pull out your bags of ice
only to find
a secret ice cream stash
placed there by a brilliant grocery worker
hidden for later
and your day is made.
“greater than the tread of mighty armies is an idea whose time has come.”