Plans can fail. Relationships can falter. Communities can find themselves torn apart by misunderstandings. The hard truth is that things can and do come apart at the seams sometimes. We can choose to toss them and replace them. Or we can choose to mend them because we love them and we want to keep them in our lives. This gorgeous and moving essay on the Japanese art of sashiko (which is to textiles what kintsugi is to ceramics) is all about mending what we love, embracing our shadows, and so much more.
“It might be enough to hope that what emerges from the pandemic is a sashiko world: patched but stronger, a world where the frays and tears are visible and, far from compromising the fabric, add beauty, integrity and strength.”
I’m very grateful that there is so much good music in the world these days and that it is so incredibly accessible wherever we are. I used to spend hours scouring the bins at Tower Music or combing through endless forums to find the rare gems that would satisfy my cravings for atmospheric, emotive downtempo beats to help me relax or focus while I work. Nowadays, we’ve got numerous curators who endlessly pump out this goodness to us 24/7. Thanks, Internet!
As frustrating as it may be, it looks like masks will be a part of our daily lives for quite a while yet. The good news is, with these delightfully whimsical vintage print masks from Brain Pickings‘ Maria Popova you can simultaneously show your love for science, protect your fellow humans, and donate some cash to some good causes. Win-win-win!
Speak to you soon,