explorers- from A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit

I started a new job this week. In a sense it’s an exploration since it’s a new position calling on some old skills but using them differently. To use a metaphor it would be flying from the US to England, renting a car, and even though you know how to drive, finding the steering wheel over on the right and needing to drive on the left side of the road.

It’s a bit of a step to the side that opens different doors. If there’s one thing I’ve never backed away from its been an open door. Curiosity has always driven me – not acquisition. Which is more likely the reason I’m in my current financial position. Certainly a depressed economy, thin budgets, and cheaper resources have added to the stress. So the forces applied had to be answered by packing my duffel and boarding a ship to any land that would have me.

It’s been several months wandering since I’ve been on some solid land. Unpacking my tools is not the issue – its finding what’s needed and fitting it all into a new culture. What was useful before may not work in this country. But just being back on even unfamiliar shores is something to be thankful for.

Last night a friend, a highly creative professional who’s struggling in this new landscape along with me and many others, gave me some advice:  “What I found challenging is putting aside what you already know to learn new stuff because your head is looking for reference to build on especially when there is pressure to get on board quickly. When I finally got it–it was much easier than I thought.”

Never hurts to have a few friends along for the trip. And maybe a desk lamp and a few photos from home…

dobuzhinskyNew York Rooftops
Mstislav Dobuzhinsky, 1943
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK

…if only it could be this easy…

by Tom Wilson and Tom Wilson, Jr.

kerouacKerouac quote is from The Dharma Bums…released the year after On The Road…both tucked away here on the shelves inside and at home…

[h/t to Design Crush for the image...]


From Rebecca Solnit’s A Field Guide to Getting Lost:

Read more about the book here at Brain Pickings

…and your moment of zen:


[h/t to Library Journal for their Friday humor...]

Thinker, lifter, and entrepreneur James Clear reflects on the keystroke count:


portrait-of-josep-cardona-1899.jpg!LargePortrait of Josep Cardona
(completed 1899)
Pablo Picasso
oil on canvas

Entire post is here

[h/t to Jacob Sam-La Rose for the lead in...I should visit more often...]

From Grant Snider and his Incidental Comics:

snider corrections
Seems like a good plan to start with…

Note:  Post removed…I defer to my ancestors and sensibilities…

But the art and the artist stay…

used bookstore clerkUsed Bookstore Clerk
Laura Caseley
ink on paper
Illustration for Inconnu Magazine, Secrets of a Used Bookstore Clerk

Ania interviews illustrator Andrea Tsurumi

tsurumi final sketchbook turtle
sketchbook turtle and tree
illustration by Andrea Tsurumi

Th rest of the interview here

Go see more of her work and stuff here

library mottophoto via Philly.com

New Library In Moorestown, NJ Features Erroneous Latin Inscription

Moorestown, N.J. (CBSNewYork) They were literally set in stone, but words inscribed at a New Jersey library are changing nevertheless.

The brand new Moorestown Library features a medallion engraved in Latin reading, “Nos secundus coniecto omnia.”

Library planners thought the phrase meant “We confirm all things twice,” but in fact it means “We second guess all,” CBS 2 reported.

“We will pay to remove the entire medallion and reset a new one,” said architect Rick Ragan.

The words, however, weren’t the only problem. The date featured on the building is also incorrect.

It was supposed to read 1853, the year the library friends group was founded, but instead it reads 1653.

That will also be fixed.

The kicker – the Latin words were inscribed around an e-reader.

Gotta love it.


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