The Good Stuff: Spooky Fruit, Healing Through Whispers, and The Most Devilish Flight

Happy Halloween you spooky ghouls! Below are some fun links to read through as you eat all the candy you're supposed to be handing out.  Candy for your brain, if you will....but easier to justify consuming. :P

How reading rewires your brain for more intelligence and empathy. 

In Belarus, the disappearing tradition of whisper healing

Spooky but beautiful: the fairytale forests of Yakushima

I'm way overdue for a trip back to Norway, so when I get back over there I am going to have to check out the Atlanterhavsvegen, a route which was recently declared the most beautiful drive in the world.

An excellent article about dealing with cyberbullies, something that really strikes a chord with me.  Having dealt with my own private struggles with online harassment for years, the thought of speaking openly about it sounds both terrifying (you're giving the person the attention they're demanding!) and liberating. 

Take two hikes and call me in the morning: doctors are now prescribing time outdoors as a method of recovery and I say HECK to the YES. 

Can we please take the guilt out of rest? Self-care and recharge time is so essential to a productive, happy life. So why do we make it a super-indulgence? 

The neurology of curiosity. Why is is sometimes painful and other times pleasurable? 

The art of rot; blown glass masterpieces of fruit in varying stages of decay. 

Finnair is retiring its Satanic flight number after more than a decade of service straight into the gates of HEL(sinki).

Why it's important to embrace your weirdness!

The empath's dilemma: the burden of being sensitive

Health patterns of aging Americans who engage in the arts. 

I'm really wishing these pajamas weren't three hundred stinkin' dollars! 

Here are the finalists for the 2017 National Book Awards. My Goodreads list just got longer.

I am obsessing over these massive murals in Spain <3

You don't find your purpose, you build it


The Good Stuff: Write With Judy Bloom, Grandma Gladys, and Exotic Fiber Arts

Happy Friday Eve, friends! After a week or so of insane heat here in Chicagoland, it finally feels like fall, so I'm whipping out my sweaters and boots for a weekend trip to see my sister! 

Product Update:  You can find three new designs available now in my Society6 shop: a baby deer, a baby bunny, and a baby fox!  They're perfect for a baby's room, if I do say so myself.  Stay tuned for more new designs, and be sure to snatch up anything you like because I'm retiring older designs this weekend.

After a ton of not-so-good days and a lot of things going pretty badly, I'm riding a high from having an excellent day yesterday.  Fingers crossed my luck has changed for the better! 

Enough about me, though. What's good in your neck of the woods?? :)

A little spooky, but so cool! Stay at this subterranean backstuga (Swedish earth cabin), now available on Airbnb.

A compendium of epic mullets

I often wonder if I should have become an entomologist with how much I appreciate bugs (alas, I would really just like to get degrees for the rest of my life!).  I've got my eye on this book, and here are some of the most interesting bugs in the world.

If writing is your preferred way to practice self-care, you can now take a writing class taught by Judy Bloom! 

My own Grandma Gladys has been on my mind lately, so when I came across a different Grandma Gladys and her awesome birthday photo shoot (complete with a tutu and champagne), it made my heart feel really good.  I hope I'm still this joyful when I'm her age! 

Procrastination.  You know it.  I know it.  The struggle is real, and has been since ancient days when Socrates and Aristotle even developed a word for it - Akrasia. So why don't we do what we set out to do, anyway? 

Can we get more girls in STEM, please?? For some inspiration, here are 19 women leading math and physics

In memoriam: all the untouched food on The Bachelorette. RIP ::prayer hands::

A map that illustrates the correlation between neighborhood crime and tree canopy cover in Chicago. Yep! It's a thing!

My sweet cousin lives in NYC, and I've been meaning to make a trip out to her.  Now I for sure know I have to visit this cool bar when I do -- the walls are decorated with illustrations by the creator of the children's book Madeline! 

I <3 Fiber arts! I recognized a theme of multiple fiber art-related posts while I was compiling this, so I've clustered them together below:

Needle felted doughnuts and croissants, PEOPLE. Just like my tattoo, so I need them. 

This scientist/artist crochets suits for modern pigeons that resemble extinct exotic birds.

Needlepointing and nebulas (okay, supernovas to be specific). How Cecilia Payne applied celestial science into craft. 


As tribute to the recent solar eclipse, check out these stunning illustrations of celestial myths by ten of India's indigenous artists. 

What happens when you teach kindness in school?

Check out the ethereal lamp and book installations artist Rune Guneriussen has created in Norway's forests.

How rituals alter the brain to help you perform better. This explains why on days I don't follow my usual morning routine I never feel quite right.

Would you try stinky Swedish fermented canned fish surströmming? It's definitely not for the faint of heart (or stomach!), but I think I'd give it a (small) shot.

Why Millennials are filling their homes with plants. Oh heavens I'm definitely guilty of this!

How to teach girls they don't have to be nice.  This is something I really wish had been emphasized to me more growing up.  I still find myself worrying about upsetting others by merely being me, and even more sadly I still struggle with the idea that you don't have to be nice to someone who is being aggressive toward you. I've tolerated an forgiven a lot of bad behavior in my life, so here's to NOT BEING NICE.


The Good Stuff: The Dreamiest Island, Apple's New Emojis, and Sassy History

God dag alle sammen! 

Check out the newest addition to my literary wanderlust bucket list: the dreamiest island ever.

Well, I guess I'm going to need a bigger bucket....! (51 dream trips, daring quests, essential skills, and exalted states of body and mind)

Send SFMOMA a text and they'll respond with a piece of art! 

More proof that artists and architects brains work differently. 

This dude's quest to fix his toilet unearthed over 5,000 artifacts spanning more than 2,000 years of history. 

Apple just unveiled their newest emojis. Joy!

How a few 19th century Lithuanian book smugglers saved more than just a few stories.

This red pebble marks what many claim is the quietest spot in the United States. 

How to raise a reader

Are colors learned or innate? Science digs in to babies' perceptions.

I just started following this artist on Instagram. Mad props to painting curvy women. 

Prepare to add these destinations to your breakfast bucket list! 

New study investigates whether art makes society kinder. 

Beer made from prehistoric yeast, money, or elephant poop?! All real! Check out the world's weirdest beers and try if you dare. 

Next level latte art. Swoon.

If I had a million dollars I'd buy this blush sofa in a snap!

I've been on a bit of a self-esteem roller coaster as of late, so I'm making a point to channel these preserved examples of historical sass

Japanese philosophies to guide you to your best life. 

The Good Stuff, Summer Vibes: Cephalopods Being Amazing, The Trance-like Way Some Whales Sleep, and A Sandwich to Beat All Sandwiches

Happy Monday, ya'll! It's feelin' like sum sum summah time and I'm excited to drop some news!  As a sweet treat to my valued readers, I decided to create a deal just for you (seriously, I'm only sharing the code here!).  New inventory launches this week, and if you use the code XMASINJULY you'll receive FREE shipping on any purchase of $20 or more.  This is a great time to stock up!  

Can you believe I'm already working on Holiday designs!? I hardly can. I've had "Mele Kalikimaka" playing on repeat to balance the warmth of summer with the task at hand (which of course inspired a tropical holiday line this time around)!  I'll have those available come late August, so all my wholesalers, keep a look out! I'll be messaging you soon! :D

But enough about the holidays...

Here's the usual round up of The Good Stuff, just in time to kick off your week:

Just another reason cephalopods are the coolest

Over 25 years ago, diver Hiroyuki Arakawa had built a shrine at the bottom of the ocean and when he went to check on it, he noticed a giant fish lurking around the gate who was injured. She wasn’t moving or eating, so the diver went down to check her out. He fed her crabs for ten days and since that very day, they’ve been underwater friends. And it's adorable. 

Even more cool ocean stuff: the way sperm whales sleep.

Disney's first African American artist was forced into retirement in 2001. At 81-years-strong, he's still creating.

A field of lavender nourished by Trump's tweets. 

The five types of rest every creative should adopt. 

This new pigment was accidentally discovered in a lab and IT. IS. STUNNING. 

Ten famous book hoarders

How do you define success

The murky, mutable science of color. 

Two words: Donut. Sandwiches

9 self-protection strategies for empaths. 

A very artistic stag beetle. (This bug for sure has more social media followers than I do!)

The power of small wins. 

Going camping? Here's a list of wild edible plants!

The power of bread. Seriously! 

The power and complexity of children's art. 

The Good Stuff: What Makes Plants Happy, The Best 404 Error Pages, and Totally Appealing Vegetarian Camping Meals

Hey ya'll! It's been too long! Get ready for a ton of updates, new products, and of course links to all the latest Good Stuff! I'm baaack!


Dead in Chicago... morbid but cool.

If you'e in Denmark be sure to check out these giant trolls hidden throughout Copenhagen

Does this video totally make you want to go to Iceland or what?!

One thousand trees were planted in a Norwegian forest to be used to make paper for books set to be printed a hundred years from now. 

Shining a light on the positive impact immigrants have on the world.

The psychological importance of wasting time.

Reading Rainbow fans rejoice: LeVar Burton has a new podcast where he reads short stories to adults. 

Cool Insta to check out: Sofas Of L.A. 

How tea helped in the fight for women's rights. 

Must visit! This rainbow village in Indonesia. 

Understanding what makes plants happy

A marshmallow cafe is coming to Chicagooooo!

This kickass 100 year old woman is keeping a tattooing tradition alive in the Philippines.  

An ocean of 4.5 million blue flowers blooms across a Japanese park.

The best creative 404 error pages!

Why you should seek out strangers

Buy this coffee, support rescue dogs. 

The Harvard library that protects the world's rarest colors

Vegetarian camping meals

Jose Cuervo and Fender teamed up to create a Stratocaster out of agave and it is glorious.