Diggin'

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Hi y'all. I've fallen a bit behind in the past couple of weeks, because my job has been crazy busy, and on top of that, the rest of my life has randomly been crazy busy, which are all good things, but have left me with hardly a moment to sit down by myself and get some personal work done. Today's the day, though - the sun is shining, the trees are budding, and you guys, I deep cleaned half my apartment, so there's no stopping me now. Here are some things I've been diggin' the past couple of weeks: 

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:: The March for Science! It's tomorrow, folks, so get out, celebrate Earth Day, and support a field that makes our world a better place (isn't it crazy that this is something that has to be marched for? What a weird time we're living in). I'll be attending the St. Paul march with my parents and some friends; here's some info about that. Or if you want to join, send me a message!

:: Relating to this poem, so hard. Dudes of the world, you know I love you (probably a leeetle too much), but I can only attest to my own experience, and let me tell ya, it'd take multiple hands and feet to count how many times I have experienced this scenario:

 
 

:: 5 questions to ask to see if an ‘ethical’ fashion brand is legit

:: I just friggin' love Conservación Patagonica and all of the work that they do; recently, they added 4,000 more acres to what will eventually be Patagonia National Park, preserving even more land and saving it from development in the future.  

:: This post. Quote of note: "If you wait until a marketer tells you it's time to get out of your comfort zone, you've just handed over your freedom and agency to someone who might not care about the things you care about. Far more powerful to develop the power to get out of our hibernation, on our own timetable, on a regular basis. It's no one's day but yours."

:: 12 things anyone can do to cut down on waste and overconsumption.

:: This poem by David Whyte, who is quickly becoming one of my favorite poets. I love this part of the poem: 

"So may we, in this life trust
to those elements we have yet to see or imagine,
and look for the true shape of our own self,
by forming it well to the great
intangibles about us."

:: The story of this farm.

:: I listen to so many podcasts (I'd say too many, but that's just silly, because there's no such thing as too many podcasts), and they all have the same ubiquitous group of sponsors. I always wondered why...and then I ran across this article from a couple years ago. 

:: Anne Lamott on Reclaiming Mercy and Forgiveness as the Root of Self-Respect in a Vengeful World

:: Related: Joan Didion on Self Respect

:: The visit of a friendly iceberg to a coastal Canadian town. This makes me A) happy, mostly because I am imagining the iceberg having the same voice as Mr. Narwhal in Elf, but also B) sad, because apparently last year there were 687 total icebergs that floated into the North Atlantic during the summer, but this year, at just the very beginning of spring, there have already been 600. 

:: "Emma Morano’s singular achievement in life may have been perseverance. She lived for 117 years, crediting her longevity to raw eggs and her lack of a husband. She died on April 15."

:: The history and potential future of the LA River, which makes me heart happy. Quote of note: "'People just had to believe that it was possible, that’s all,' says MacAdams. 'Give people a sense of possibility, and they’ll take it the rest of the way.'”

:: This episode of Hidden Brain: 

Happy weekending, friends. 

Family Session // Downtown Milwaukee

Family Session // Downtown Milwaukee

The second session with Ryan's family took place in his dad's condo, a gorgeous, light-filled space in downtown Milwaukee, with beautiful views of the city and the lake. We brought the family up in shifts, played guitars, had tickle fights, and generally goofed around. This whole group is so adorable, and it was the perfect, cozy setting for everyone to hang out as a family. And you know I love me some quality natural light! At the end, we took to the streets to wander along the river and check out Milwaukee Public Market, and then I left the group to eat lunch and did a little extra exploring on my own. Thanks for a fun session, you guys!