FRESH BITS 4/17: Interesting Things to Do and Read

Eight fresh things to read, do, or just think about, plus four bonuses. I hope they help you enjoy this weekend a little bit more.

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. – Lao Tzu

  1. How to Tell Your Husband You’re a Witch is, perhaps, an odd Covid-19 essay, but perhaps what we need now are more witches! Heaven knows we have too many devils right now, so having more good witches couldn’t hurt. Am I right?
  2. Libby is an app from which you can borrow digital reads from your library. I’ve been using Libby for several years, but what a perfect time now to expand your book options. Here our library’s been closed for over a month, and Libby’s helped fill that gap nicely.
  3. This is way more than cool:  EXPLORE lets you pick and watch live webcams from all over the world by type of place, wildlife, etc. I can remember watching one of these years ago of a hawk’s nest with eggs about to hatch. The wonder of seeing that live was amazing.
  4. I’ve loved Fran Liebowitz‘s writing and way of approaching life since I discovered her decades ago. If you’re a fan of New York City and of this great thinker/curmudgeon/social commenter who’s a refreshing holdover since the days of Dorothy Parker, then you’ll love this interview with her in The New Yorker magazine.
  5. This fascinating aerial study of Hong Kong’s fountains is both art and mesmerism combined into one. Good art is always captivating and this explores a way of seeing these designs in a form that’s impossible from the ground.
  6. If you’re a fan of classic, black & white movies, you’ll enjoy this excellent montage of bloopers. How many films and stars of the golden years of Hollywood can you recognize? And fun to know they knew all the same, choice cuss words!
  7. Are you a fan of the Moomin world by Tove Jansson? Here’s a fascinating The New Yorker article that’s a dive into the author, her world, and how those delightful characters came about.
  8. Sage and timely from James Clear  (and just about all of the rest of us who practice meditation and mindfulness). Try it. I imagine afterwards you’ll be a bit less stressed, more relaxed, and what’s two minutes right now when we all have loads of time on our hands?

    Can you sit still, do nothing, and breathe deeply for the next two minutes?”


  1. What I’m reading this week: Digging into more stoicism with what is generally acknowledged as an easy-slope, intro book: A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William B. Irvine. Like most of my stoic studies, about 80% is stuff I’ve been doing fo years naturally. Nice to learn, though, more of the history behind the stoics and fill in that other ~20%.
  2. What I’m watching this week: Working on getting into Amazon Prime’s Tales From the Loop, but not quite there yet. Too many surreal things going on in the real world to make fantasy/sci-fi seem like something different.
  3. What I’m listening to this week: My de-facto choice when doing a creative project (not fresh writing per se), or working the shop and order processing:  the 1857 Podcast:Two guys talking about analogue pursuits in a digital world – and a fair amount of nonsense too. Two guys, I should add, with delightful British and Irish accents. I could sit and listen to them read their grocery list and be enthralled.
  4. New feature: Poem of the week, because, you know, poetry can help us understand the foundations of our thinking and aid in healing. Plus, a good one may just become a lifelong friend.


Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you
Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
I have made this place around you.
If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here.
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows
Where you are. You must let it find you.

David Wagoner (1999)


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2 thoughts on “FRESH BITS 4/17: Interesting Things to Do and Read

  1. Tina Koyama

    I studied with David Wagoner at the Univ. of Washington my first year of grad school! A voice from the past.

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