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I love the people around me who make things. Bringing an idea into real life is no easy feat, big or small. These cards feature a beautiful lovely foil stamp hashtag, a hard-working symbol that sums up in ways that no other thing or word can. #impressed

Get them here.



Looking forward to this career retrospective of Tomi Ungerer at the Drawing Center, Jan 16 – Mar 22.


On my netflix to-do list is watching this movie:

Far Out Isn’t Far Enough.


Need an intro to Ungerer? Try this interview with Teri Gross.

This quote by Maurice Sendak on Tomi Ungerer captures why:

“I’m proud of the fact that we helped change the scene in America so that children were dealt with like the intelligent little animals we know they are.”


And, this. Kitty-Shaped Kindergarten, which he references in his interview, was designed by Ungerer with architect Ayla Suzan Yöndel. A building where kids walk into the kitty’s mouth and there is a slide in the back for the tail.

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Photos by Adriano A.Biondo, for milkmagazine.net


And, speaking of the School of Life made me think of this interview with its founder Alain de Botton on Krista Tippett’s On Being podcast:

Listen to it here.


Which is also making me want to re-watch this documentary that I originally saw on Bill Moyer’s Journal:

Beyond Our Differences.



I recently recounted the time I saw Miranda July at the School of Life in London. I wrote about it at the time on my travel blog, and have decided to copy it here.



A simple and lovely gift, and daily reminder of my number one fan(s).
Many more sayings, and a customizable option here.


There are so many brilliant children’s illustrated books out right now. It’s so nice to see that the market is going as strong as ever. Here are a few that make me so very happy.


Ah-Ha to Zig-Zag, by Maira Kalman:
















A quilted and embroidered Mamluk cap, Egypt, late 13th or early 14th century.(Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; Photo by Andrew Garn © Smithsonian Institution)







Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for All the Letters, by Oliver Jeffers:




















I was really lucky to be able to visit Oliver Jeffers’ studio when this was a work in progress and I saw the book in sketch form. An interview with NPR here about his process, and also there’s this.



Almost Everything, by Joelle Jolivet:
















Maps, by Aleksandra and Daniel Mizielinski:


















(The above two books especially perfect for sparking wanderlust in your little ones.)



The River, by Alessandro Sanna

















And finally, The New York Times just wrote a review on these photography-inspired picture books. I usually reserve any buying until I see picture books in person to know they’re worth owning, but I can’t resist trusting these are going to be worth the keeping.


This Equals That, by Jason Fulford and Tamara Shopsin





Lovely simple animations by Brian Rea and Pablo Delcán for Peter Mendelsund‘s book, What We See When We Read:

What We See When We Read on Vimeo.

What We See When We Read on Vimeo.

What We See When We Read on Vimeo.

Also, curious about this book “Cover” by Peter Mendelsund. (Pun intended?)


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Photographer Nicholas Nixon has captured his wife and her sisters in a collection of images that stirs a quiet but powerful emotion deep down in my bones.

The accompanying text by Susan Minot, nails the feeling…

“Throughout this series, we watch these women age, undergoing life’s most humbling experience. While many of us can, when pressed, name things we are grateful to Time for bestowing upon us, the lines bracketing our mouths and the loosening of our skin are not among them. So while a part of the spirit sinks at the slow appearance of these women’s jowls, another part is lifted: They are not undone by it. We detect more sorrow, perhaps, in the eyes, more weight in the once-fresh brows. But the more we study the images, the more we see that aging does not define these women. Even as the images tell us, in no uncertain terms, that this is what it looks like to grow old, this is the irrefutable truth, we also learn: This is what endurance looks like.”

See the series here.


From Gael Towey’s new short films series, Portraits in Creativity.