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You (yes, you!) can make something very cool out of almost nothing; and that, dear reader, is basically witchcraft.
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I was born & raised in pretty much exclusively tropical or sub-tropical climates; from Okinawa to southern Alabama, my body wasn't really close with "cold."
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I find that immersing myself in someone else’s thoughts, ideas, and experiences can give a new understanding of my own situation; at the very least, listening to someone else can make all of us feel a little more connected.
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I've turned to several books and found each one unexpectedly constructive and regenerative. They all focus on the seemingly mundane yet manage to create a calming mental space, and do this in the most casual—yet forceful—ways.
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Even to a child’s eye the ship stood out; a sleek, black painted hull tied to the pier, with a dizzying canopy of masts and rigging above. A sailing frigate has an otherworldliness that grips you, an improbable creation of wood, rope, pitch, and canvas.
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My artistic process for completing my most recent colored pencil project, depicting a scene from the film Still Walking (directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda back in 2008). And, of course, some book picks.
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Being alone gives me a chance to really enjoy the things I do. Reading for pleasure, for example, is one of those things.
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It's important to take this moment, when all of our routines are up in the air, to reflect on which habits of behavior and thought are really serving us, and whether we might be clinging to the familiar instead of the necessary.
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In the midst of the confusion and stress of the global pandemic I have been trying to practice extra mindfulness and take time for self-reflection.
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Bookselling quickly became more than just an after-school gig for me. Five years later, I consider it an inextricable part of my identity.
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The hardest part about not being able to go to work, aside from not being with my friends, is that I’ve lost that feeling of stumbling upon an aesthetically cool new book and with a jolt of inspiration say to myself "I can’t wait to bring this home."
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Poems are not medicine, or the promise that things will be okay. But they can briefly remind us to breathe.