The froth is coming off

With the right instructions, the unfamiliar becomes manageable. We follow the recipe with the hope that the convoluted reality seeps away into the froth. Yet, had we followed our instincts we may not have gotten stuck in the first place. If we don’t take Google Maps with a grain of salt, we will find ourselves […]

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The burn of discontent

Everything starts and ends from the burn of discontent. We all have an inkling for something, a dormant enthusiasm, waiting to erupt so we can pour our hearts into it. But the wait is killer. Toiling in anonymity while practicing in mediocrity needs a special kind of patience. The resistance can only win at our […]

Worrying is a waste of time. Greet your anxiety instead.

It is human nature to ponder anxieties that do not exist. The mind is a fabrication machine, developing worries before they deserve any attention. Wrote Carlos Castaneda in [easyazon_link identifier=”0671732463″ locale=”US” tag=”wells01-20″]Journey to Ixtlan[/easyazon_link]: “To worry is to become accessible… And once you worry, you cling to anything out of desperation; and once you cling you […]

Go another click

Ask more questions, not because you want to be right but because you’re naturally curious and want to know more about the spaces inside, not the exterior of opinion. Wrote René Magritte: “Everything we see hides another thing; we always want to see what is hidden by what we see. Every thought has one that […]

Stuck on autopilot

Do you ever ask what happened to the day that just past? We often carry on throughout the day without thinking about our actions. We tune out of our existence, and we turn into robots, competent without comprehension. Said writer and philosopher [easyazon_link identifier=”0399173080″ locale=”US” tag=”wells01-20″]Colin Wilson[/easyazon_link]: “The more I allow the robot to take […]

Stuck in traffic 🚦

Nowhere to go, a forced patience at the mercy of algorithmic street lights. No right on red, Big Brother proclaims. When we’re stuck at the corner, there isn’t more to do than look at the variations of our surroundings. The city never stops. Why should its people, albeit looking blankly inscrutable? PS “Diplomacy is the […]

Walden, water, and wifi

One day we’re going to miss the powerful silence of the natural world, the way it smells and begs for an inquisition. That’s because “most people are on the world, not in it,” wrote the father of national parks John Muir. In putting a “fence around nature,” we lock ourselves into a secluded wall of […]

Newsletter: ‘8 hours of what we will’

Below are this week’s interesting links and recent discoveries for your weekend reading. The London Milkman. Photographer Fred Morley staged the famous photo of a milkman walking through the destruction of London after the German blitz during the Second World War. “Morley walked around the rubble of London until he found a group of firefighters trying to put […]

From your mouth

Words signify a consciousness, of which a newborn or pet can only hear. The baby goes on to learn the language of memes and communicates with itself while your dog relies on its own form of internal narrative. There is some form of mental awareness in all creatures. A body without a brain contains zero […]

Write a memoir to make sense of your life

“Why write? To write. To make something.” – Claude Simon Most people think of writing as a creative outlet. But it’s also an instrument for coping. According to recent studies, writing your own memoir has various psychological benefits. Whether for private eyes or for public viewing, writing extensively about traumatic events helps you break free from […]

Processing “reality” through the camera lens 📷

We must look at our surroundings with a keen eye otherwise every day just becomes transactional in nature. Writes Susan Sontag in [easyazon_link identifier=”0312420099″ locale=”US” tag=”wells01-20″]On Photography[/easyazon_link]: “Ultimately, having an experience becomes identical with taking a photograph of it, and participating in public event comes more and more to be equivalent to looking at it […]

Remember to frame that vacation photo

If you want to remember a vacation, you’re almost better off framing a picture rather than just posting it on your Instagram feed. According to recent research, owning a physical photo is more likely to encourage someone to share their experience with others. It turns out that digital images are terrible cues. “Back in the […]

Making precedes meaning

We can only construct with the tools at our disposal. Before cameras, artists painted pictures of the world. However, it wasn’t necessary to paint with exactitude; like writing, images were fabricated in the mind’s eye before putting color to the canvas, ink to the paper. We never know what we’ll get until we put it […]

Study of five grotesque heads, 1493

From the 16th to 18th century, Leonardo da Vinci’s grotesque sketches from the High Renaissance period in 1493 were his most emulated and celebrated works of art. Wrote art historian Kenneth Clark: ‘For three centuries they were [seen as] the most typical of his works. Today we find them disgusting, or at best wearisome.’ The beauty […]

Seeking an objective point of view

We are obsessed with the first-person because we live in a culture that emphasizes the individual. The selfie generation makes “I” the predominant jargon for almost everything we post on social media and talk about in real life. Me-ness has shrouded our ability to step outside the self and see the world objectively. It’s not all […]