POV: Aging.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

POV ("point of view") is a series that addresses many of the same themes covered in my Equals Record column: growing up, saying yes to adventure, learning to embrace a quarter-life crisis. Each POV entry will include a photograph and a short reflection based on what’s pictured. While my previous column focused largely on ideas, POV focuses on moments - glimpses, glances, tiny stories.  

“Let me tell you something about being twenty-five,” my friend Maya said to me a few years ago. It was February, the dead of winter, and we were living in Bushwick with a band of boys, still enjoying the noise and the activity and the grime of five roommates.

 Maya had just celebrated her birthday that week. Mine, still six months in the future, made me — at twenty-four — still a youngster in her eyes.

“It’s so strange,” she told me, lowering her voice as if sharing a secret. “Since my birthday, I can’t sleep through the night. The last night I was twenty-four, I slept like a baby. Then I turned twenty-five, and I’m up like clockwork, at three, four, five in the morning. It’s like — I’m old.”

We thought this over. “This must be what happens when you’re twenty-five,” she said gravely, and we sat in silence, staring, shaking our heads.

Animated Expressions.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

For a Wednesday afternoon that's gotten much too dark, much too early: photos of Disney cartoon animators from the 40s, 50s, and 60s using their own reflections as inspiration for their (often iconic) subjects. Find a few of my favorite shots below; the rest can be viewed on My Modern Met and LIFE.

Enjoy your Wednesday — I'm spending mine preparing for a two-week trip home (I'll be getting in a cab at 4 AM tomorrow to leave for the airport). By the time you hear from me tomorrow, I'll be at my parents' home in LA — 'tis the season!

Non-Career Advice: Kathy Lee.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Non-Career Advice is a series that asks people - young, old, and in a range of occupations - for words of wisdom unrelated to work, career-building, dollars, or getting ahead.

Kathy Lee / Medical student
Also: Writer / quote collector / culinary whiz  
Age: 30

Any movement drives you forward — even if it’s in slow motion. “A friend of mine who works for a scholarship foundation asked me if I would mentor some students at UCSD this year, and I told her I thought that was the worst idea ever — I’m mostly a mess these days, I said. I lost my sister this year, and the months following have been marked by loss and grief and the big changes that often accompany tragedy (including a decision to leave school and move home, from DC to San Diego). I told my friend that in many ways, I'm still reeling, and working to pick up the pieces.

She said that was exactly why I should be mentoring — because I had lived, and am still living. And I think she's right. I don't think I realized this until very recently, but I think this year, with all its challenges, has made me stronger. It's been awful and isolating in ways I never thought I would experience at 29 — and now, 30 — and for a while, I thought that by coming home to reassess my path, I was hitting pause on life. But really, I think I've just been moving in slow motion. I really couldn't see myself being OK in April, but I got here somehow, and I think that no matter what happens later in life (and I know that, inevitably, there will be more challenges and more emotional ups and downs), I will know that I can handle it - even if I am flailing all the way through.”

Thank you so much, Kathy. More from the Non-Career Advice series, here.

Recommended Reading / 15.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Every Monday, words to start the week.

This week, from Fast Company: a glimpse into the life of "the world's busiest Santa," who appears at up to 200 parties in just over three weeks during the holiday season, whose beard and belly are au natural, and whose name is, in fact, Santa. Says the in-demand Saint: "There are times when I get tired because I just feel weak and old. But I look forward to this one month all year long and that's how I know I should still be doing it, even on days when I'm weary." Read all about it, here.

A handful more, just because:
-First sketches of iconic designs.
-The world's most spectacular bike path is paved with stars.
-For those prone to cold and flu: immunity soup, and a homemade cough suppressant laced with ginger, honey, and black pepper.
-Jaw-dropping words from Nayyirah Waheed: "I want to live so densely. lush. and slow in the next few years, that a year becomes ten years, and my past becomes only a page in the book of my life."

More recommended reading, here. Have a happy Monday — and thank you for your patience with my less-frequent posting these days. Besides being quite a bit busier than usual (and embracing the happy hubbub of the holidays), I'm also trying to be more intentional about what I post here.  If something's not ready, or not quite right, I've chosen to hold off —  more time and thought, I figure, means better material in the end. Thank you so much for understanding and for reading. It's such a pleasure, as always, sharing this space with you. Wishing you a wonderful week.

Not Red But Green.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

This stunning art piece, called Not Red But Green, was designed by Per Kristian Nygård and can be found in a gallery in Oslo called Noplace. It's made from real grass and dirt, with glowing green crests that crawl right up to the windows. Right away, it reminded me of Maya Lin's manmade rolling hills — which were designed to resemble ocean waves — at Storm King Art Center upstate. One of my favorite memories this year involved ambling up and down it, trying not to fall.

Visit Per Kristian Nygård's website, here (and have a wonderful Wednesday!).

John & Wolf.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Illustrator John Stortz has been wandering the country for the past two years in the company of his faithful rescue dog, Wolfgang. His photos, which appear on the website John & Wolf, are beautifully shot — those skies, those stars, those burning colors! — and very endearing. A quick scroll through is all you'll need to start planning your own cross-country tour (and the adoption of your own big white Wolf). See for yourself, here.

 Visit John Stortz's website, here. Thanks, Ignant.

Recommended Reading / 14.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Every Monday, words to start the week.

This week, from Hotel Club: illustrated idioms from around the globe (plus, explanations as to what they mean). "The midday demon" may be my favorite; however, I also love that to the Finnish, having a frog emerge from someone's mouth means that he or she has said something inappropriate, and that in Spanish, the act of rejecting a potential partner is referred to as "giving pumpkins" (the squash was once considered a libido killer). Find the full list of ten, here.

Three more links, just because:
-Underground gifs.
-Adventurers of the year.
-Five New York City families share their favorite holiday meals (the Jewish-Japanese Christmas hits especially close to home).

More recommended reading, here. Happy Monday!


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