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cowbite: a sharp squeeze to the kneecap

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[There is a] stubborn power of politeness over time. Over time. That’s the thing. Mostly we talk about politeness in the moment. Please, thank you, no go ahead, I like your hat, cool shoes, you look nice today, please take my seat, sir, ma’am, etc. All good, but fleeting.

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Here’s a polite person’s trick, one that has never failed me… When you are at a party and are thrust into conversation with someone, see how long you can hold off before talking about what they do for a living. And when that painful lull arrives, be the master of it. I have come to revel in that agonizing first pause, because I know that I can push a conversation through. Just ask the other person what they do, and right after they tell you, say: “Wow. That sounds hard.”

I have my reservations about politeness as a kind of vacant template for communication that lacks human intimacy – a shabby substitute for authentic kindness – but Paul Ford’s essay on how to be polite is worth a read.

In many ways, it all boils down to the basic do’s and don’ts laid out in this 1866 guide to the art of conversation – an art, it seems, that remains timeless.

(via explore-blog)

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I believe that women and girls today have to partner in a powerful way with men — with their fathers, with their sons, with their brothers, with the plumbers, the road builders, the caregivers, the doctors, the lawyers, with our president, and with all beings. The women in this room are lotuses in a sea of fire. May we actualize that capacity for women everywhere.
https://www.ted.com/talks/joan_halifax/transcript#t-736000

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Common Practice: taking it outside

Common Practice: taking it outside

At today's Common Practice we were visited by two dachshunds, a poodle, a terrier, three non-specific "bigger dogs" and one toddler. A bit awkward but much more so for the topless sunbather two trees away...

It’s pretty simple really: trying to maintain a daily home yoga practice with a baby is hard. So I’m not doing it at home. I’m combining it with something most likely to send my son to sleep: a walk. Weather permitting I’m aiming to take my practice to Clapham or Wandsworth Common every weekday afternoon. I have to admit it does make me feel pretty self-conscious at times, but the alternative is…

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Radamés Figueroa, who goes by “Juni,” is an artist who set aside his brushes to live in the trees…. 
"Tree House–Casa Club" (2013) is the result of the artist’s collaborative efforts in the Naguabo forest, where he and his friends built a tree house from raw materials found by the artist in San Juan over the course of nine months, and from readily available materials in the forest, such as stones and water for cement mix. 
Figueroa grew up using what he calls “tropical readymades”—riffing on Duchamp’s found object art—by turning his shoes and footballs into planters. 




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Radamés Figueroa, who goes by “Juni,” is an artist who set aside his brushes to live in the trees….

"Tree House–Casa Club" (2013) is the result of the artist’s collaborative efforts in the Naguabo forest, where he and his friends built a tree house from raw materials found by the artist in San Juan over the course of nine months, and from readily available materials in the forest, such as stones and water for cement mix. 

Figueroa grew up using what he calls “tropical readymades”—riffing on Duchamp’s found object art—by turning his shoes and footballs into planters. 

 More: Tree House Retreat Made of Repurposed Materials | Dwell

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Don’t most children turn out fine? Won’t my son figure out that walls are not to be coloured on someday, no matter what I do or don’t do now? Let me bask in gratitude for my little boy, who, after all, might have died or could die at any moment (ever-present awareness of that fact *is* the maternal instinct). I’d at least like to fatten him up, emotionally speaking, before the cruel world starts to eat away at him.
http://aeon.co/magazine/being-human/the-pros-and-cons-of-giving-children-praise/

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Sonny Rollins on finding “spiritual upliftment” through yoga

Sonny Rollins on finding “spiritual upliftment” through yoga

When I play, what I try to do is to reach my subconscious level. I don’t want to overtly think about anything, because you can’t think and play at the same time — believe me, I’ve tried it. It goes by too fast. So when you’re into yoga and when you’re into improvisation, you want to reach that other level.

…I’m not supposed to be playing, the music is supposed to be playing me. I’m just supposed…

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