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Letters of Inspiration: III

Letters of Inspiration: III

Aug 28 - Email from Yvonne de Jonge Life itself is mostly a question of perception, isn’t it? You can a) focus on things that went wrong and be in a terrible mood, or b) remember those things that went well and made you smile. Enter Happiness Journals, The Happiness

To Understand My Mom

To Understand My Mom

That morning I ordered waffles, which I almost never do. Funny I can recall the waffles with such clarity (syrup-soaked, dense) and next the walk home along a Chicago street bordered by pudgy brownstones. It was a sunlit April day, the bitterness of Midwest winter finally releasing its grasp. My

Letters of Inspiration: II

Letters of Inspiration: II

August 15, 2017 Hi Melissa, See, now that’s inspiring. Instead of ‘just’ an interview, letting people in on (excerpts of) our personal emails. Brilliant. I actually think back-and-forth emailing is the best thing about working with other creatives and it’s a shame it never sees the light of day (i.e.

Letters of Inspiration: I

Letters of Inspiration: I

Sometimes inspiration can be found everywhere and sometimes, catching it is like trying to collect rain water with only a pasta strainer by your side. I’ve known Yvonne de Jonge, artist and founder of the blog Visual Strands, since I started my own site years ago. We met on Instagram, (read Yvonne’s

I’m Back

I’m Back

Hello, friends. I apologize for the hiatus. Sometimes you have to step back to move forward. You listen to your breathing like the yogi you sometimes pretend to be, take walks on the beach in the light of a waning sun. You read good books, you read bad books, you

California Wild Fires: How You Can Help

California Wild Fires: How You Can Help

As you read these words, Northern California is suffering from one of the worst wild fires in the state’s history. So what can you do–yes you in the townhouse in Manhattan, the mountain lodge in Breckenridge, the flat in London–to help? And will it really make a difference? Related: I’m

Harvey Weinstein Isn’t the Only One

Harvey Weinstein Isn’t the Only One

Over the past week, I have been voraciously following the Harvey Weinstein story both as it played out in The New York Times and with more vivid, damnable detail today by Ronan Farrow in The New Yorker. A lot of people are now asking how this went on for so

Quiksilver and Roxy Pro France Happening Tomorrow

Quiksilver and Roxy Pro France Happening Tomorrow

If you’ve been following little word studio for a while, you know I’m a newly converted fan of surfing. Back in August, I had the chance to cover the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing, which rolled in and out of Huntington Beach with due excitement, and the entire experience got

Orange County Stylist Cuts Hair for the Homeless

Orange County Stylist Cuts Hair for the Homeless

Where there is darkness, there must also be light. And if we can’t find light, then we can create it ourselves. This idea—the concept of goodness just because—recently motivated Patrick Kim, an Orange County hairstylist and waxing expert, to spend several hours on a Monday morning trimming hair for the

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