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Editing photos this morning, and I liked the TV shot background of these two pics. Plus, I kind of wanted to show off my terrific new water bottle that does not match my “Free Spirit” vintage bike, but I love it just the same.


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Do you know about self-care? I’m sure you have; you can also figure out by context clues what I’m talking about, but what does it really mean to work on and do self-care? To be honest, I’m still learning myself. It can get overwhelming, thinking about things to add to the list of what self-care can mean. I mean, learning and living good values can be construed as self-care, if you deem it so. Educating yourself, giving yourself presents, checking in with your inside people, treating your body like you want to keep it around for several decades to come…it’s all self-care. And much, much more. I have been compiling all these great articles and websites and warm fuzzies regarding self-care, and I feel like it’s totally keeping my light under a bushel if I don’t spread them out and share them with you, like a stack of baseball cards. Wait, that’s so old…Pokemon cards!

Want to know what got me thinking so much about it?


At the beginning of the year, the overall tarot card I pulled for 2014 was The Hermit. (And before you roll your eyes – hey man, I need as much guidance as I can get. If a tarot card can help me focus on a singular thing, it works for me.)

Initially, when I pulled it I was thinking: yes-to-staying-in-moreBut it really is a lot more than that. Although I have stayed in a lot this year, that part really makes me feel stagnant and unfulfilled, when I am not actively working on something.

Being a hermit in the sense that the tarot means is being more into, you guessed it, self-care. Checking in on yourself, learning about the path you’re on, if you are happy about it, and how you can make it feel more like how your instincts tell you it should be. “The power of The Hermit card is that through the ritual of isolation, the lantern’s light can find a deeper truth about one’s own situation.” best-you-can-quotevia posibodyimg


Okay, yes, nice story Jess, but how do you practice self-care? Well, funny that you ask, because it feels like it has become a constant thing to read up on, if you want to dive all up in the self-care.

♠ Louise Androlia have a list of personal non-negotiables – what are yours?

Babe Vibes is a whole website related to self-care.

♠ Greatist’s ways to practice self-care

♠ Looking for an even more beginner’s start, like me? How to be yourself, ways to get to know yourself better, ways to be more independent.

Links for the Weekend

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arnold-6-tipsHello and happy weekend before turkey day. No special reason for this Arnold banner image, just that I like a good list.

♠ Mike Rowe says don’t follow your passion. Okay I’ll bite.

Dan Brooks is becoming a regular link-to, with all his great essays. This one about punk rock decay is no exception.

The Disease of Being Busy. I love that the author breaks apart the word, because it really is coming to the point of dis-ease.

♠ Isn’t it a treat when inexpensive things work just as well as the most expensive? My favorite is cocoa butter and now, Trader Joe’s Spaghetti.

♠ The world needs more glow-in-the-dark bike paths.

♠ ‘The most efficient way to spend money on the homeless might be to give it to them.’

♠ Do you have a favorite photo? How long could you look at, and be mindful of, a photo? Erin Mystkowski is a multimedia editor at the Chicago Tribune. She really loves vintage crime photos — and one in particular from 1924. Listen to the story, and you can also write in and share about a photo YOU love.

♠ Felt kind of random reading this on Business Insider , but that doesn’t make it a less interesting read. Two traits that a relationship needs most of all.

♠ Andrew WK not only has the best PARTY TIPS ( “shove a cupcake into your body.”), but the answers he offers every week at the Village Voice are insightful and just plain great.

It’s natural for us to encounter moments which challenge us. Having the capacity to question our most deeply held opinions is not a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength. Especially when we have the composure to resist our immediate emotional reactions and let our common sense lead us toward a more dignified type of contemplation. Keeping an open mind and an open heart requires an incredible amount of determined effort…”


Quote of the Week

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“I’ve known women who plodded through life…but the women I knew did their plodding on the pavement, not the soil. I know very little about the simple life. I’m a product of crowded places and jammed-up emotions, where right and wrong weren’t always clearly defined and life wasn’t always sweet, but it was life.” —Barbara Stanwyck

I thought I would formally welcome you to the last couple weeks of Noirvember with a quote from one of my favorite noir ladies, Barbara Stanwyck. For the same reason I love bitter chocolate and black coffee and stale cigarette smoke alleyways, I love film noir.

I kicked off the month watching The File on Thelma Jordan, starring the above femme fatale. I have made it few only a few new ones (Night in the City, You Only Live Once), and several old ones (Detour, Kansa City Confidential), before this month got a little busy. But I like to carry noir with me all year long, so I make no qualms about Noir Christmas/New Years, et al.



It’s Friday, Here’s Some Words and Links

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ben-franklin-routineHappy Friday, friends.

It was my first week back after vacation and while it is always rough coming back to work after a week of funtimes, it was pretty quiet, considering my boss is currently on her vacation and I had some time to think and catch-up.

I also had some time to scoop up some info I would like to share with y’all.

♠ “Cary Grant is so dreamy he never wakes up” is a sentiment I have uttered more than once (often just to his visage on my TV box), and so of course this title from a 1975 story sucked me in.

Clayton Cubitt inspires me to be more motivated, more confident in edging scruff, more alive…just be MORE in general.

♠ While I do love Spotify, I really enjoyed reading this from Aloe Blacc about how yes, they do pay for those songs, but it is not nearly enough. I had been thinking about it before, and this solidifies in my mind that I need to go the extra mile for singers/songwriters I enjoy: find their indie label and buy it as close to their pocket as possible.

♠ Speaking of paying artists, Molly Crabapple wrote 15 iron laws for creatives that struck me so deep I realized I was holding my breath while reading.

Over last weekend, the hot streak the Phoenix weather was trying to keep alive finally broke. We are now officially experiencing a nippy (to us) 59° in the evenings and mornings. In honor of both the cold weather, and a little Noirvember, I busted open my Twin Peaks Special Edition and decided to do some fire-walking. And also reading The Horror of the Lynchian Smile.

♠ Getting into the thick of #Noirvember, Bright Wall Dark Room magazine will be putting out their Noirvember issue soon, which sounds like it will be filled with amazing essays on one of my favorite genres.

♠ Inspired by her love of mystery novels and tired of seeing Asian characters only as supporting characters on screen, rising filmmaker Yulin Kuang shot the whimsical comedy Irene Lee, Girl Detective in 2013, financed through a Kickstarter campaign and wages made from her work in the NBC Page Program.

♠ Imagine my surprise when I began listening to “The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism” when from my speakers came the perfect voice of Edward Herrmann! I felt like I had made the best decision by deciding on the audiobook rather than the book. A perfectly delightful surprise.


I hope you enjoy the long weekend, if you have a job that allows. The U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service are celebrating Veterans Day by waiving fees at day-use recreation sites and national parks, respectively. With a statement that I thorougly enjoyed, Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said:

“We hope that this time will serve as a way for our veterans and other visitors to find our national forests and grasslands as a year-round respite, a place where they can take time out for themselves.”


Quote of the Week

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“You listen to me. While I will admit to a certain cynicism, the fact is that I am a naysayer and hatchet-man in the fight against violence. I pride myself in taking a punch and I’ll gladly take another because I choose to live my life in the company of Gandhi and King. My concerns are global. I reject absolutely: revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method… is love. I love you Sheriff Truman.”

I am not-so-patiently waiting for the temperature to drop. While it is cool in the morning, it doesn’t feel quite cool enough to through on my beloved Twin Peaks this time of year. Maybe by putting this quote out into the world, I can manifest some weather suitable for putting on my flannel, pulling the fish out of the percolator and wishing I lived in a cabin near Snoqualmie Falls.


Links for the Week

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Ultimate Camping Guide, including s’mores, telling time with your fingers and the best mosquito repellent (hint: it’s not citronella!)

♠ Fan Ho has won more than 280 awards in his life as a photographer, and if you look at some of his early street compositions, you can clearly see why. The above photo is one of many from his new book Fan Ho: A Hong Kong Memoir, via PetaPixel

We Must Risk Delight After a Summer Full of Monsters, by Molly Crabapple. I have to admit, buy the time August has ended, I feel so burdened and heavy of heart with this summer full of major scary shit going on around the world and on our own soil. Knowing that I am not alone in feeling this way is comforting.

♠ Some intriguing images of astronauts underwater, suit testing, and a peek of them before takeoff

♠ Yoga moves to counteract the damage of a desk job

Oxford quotation references. Search by lines, author, etc. Waste hours finding that perfect line!