What I'm Reading: The TED Talk You Must Watch, DaVinci's To-Do Lists, and the Surprising Smell of Decay (it's way better than you think!)

Hi friends, and welcome to fall!  Are you overflowing with Pumpkin Spice yet?  I'm hoping to make a trip out to the local apple orchard this weekend with my ma. I'll probably come home with way too many apples, as always, but this year I've got plans beyond apple sauce.  Ever since my sister and I made that blueberry slab pie (okay I helped with the crust and she did the rest!) I've had my thoughts on PIE! I'm thinking an apple-cheddar pie with a crust made of cheeze-its..... I guess I'll have to make two since I won't be able share the first one. :P

I've got holiday cards on the way, but if any of you have ideas you'd like to see in this year's lineup, do let me know!  

Below is my weekly round-up. Enjoy and have a spectacular weekend!

Focus@will is a neuroscience based music subscription service that helps increase your attention span up to 400% when working, studying, writing and reading. I'm curious about this, since background music usually distracts me when I'm reading and when I work I play the same 25 songs over and over until they drive me crazy.

I am so smitten with this recently published and gorgeously illustrated alternate interpretation of the story of Pinocchio.  I am head over heels for the imagery, the fable, the watercolors... it's all so dreamy.

Reading this article gave me one of those "Yes. This is me exactly" moments. While it's technically about writers, it certainly applies to all artistic disciplines, and really could be applied more broadly to any activity in which one finds their "flow". 

I'm getting a kick out of Leonardo Da Vinci's to-do lists.  

Shirtless firefighters and dogs. Need I say more?

Chrome has a kittens attachment, so of course I downloaded it. Trust me, it's worth it. 

A teacher gave his students a list of 101 creative and hilarious ways to relieve stress and I think we can all benefit from some of his ideas.

The gender-based wage gap is nothing new, but how does it apply to artists? Here are two interesting articles about the matter: The Atlantic. The Economist.

Olfactory experiences are immensely transportive. I'm taken to distinct memories upon smelling a certain perfume, a whiff of a musty salty room, or the way the earth and air smell at certain times of year. Why then, if smell is such a powerful sense, do we fail at capturing and preserving most scents?  This woman is doing just that--preserving the smell of history. It's a really interesting endeavor because it makes one consider the chemistry and science behind what makes certain smells so memorable!

Looking for more thrillers like Gone Girl or The Girl On The Train? Here's a list of some recommendations.

If you watch anything this week, make it this. I seriously love this TED Talk:

Okay but on a totally different and more hilarious note, watch this too: