Diggin'

purple flower blossoms

It's been awhile, once again, since I've written one of these posts, but my list has been stacking up, so I wanted to shave it down a bit and share some links for your weekend reading/viewing pleasure! Here are some things I've been diggin' for the past few months: 

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It was cool to see the northern midwest - and a town near my cabin! - featured in an article on Modern Farmer about harvesting, hunting and gathering

On Being with Krista Tippett is one of my favorite podcasts, and the blog is no less inspiring; this piece about fostering grit in both children and ourselves had me nodding in agreement: "So maybe one of the problems is not an absence of grit, but the stubbornness with which we cling to our first impressions of our own gifts (or lack thereof)....The aim isn't to teach our kids that they're gifted at everything; the aim is to teach them to delay their judgment, to give themselves time to find the places and ways that have meaning for them, to make room for surprise and evolution in who they become....adulthood can often feel like an exponential narrowing. We do what we're good at more and more of the time and call it expertise, while neglecting to explore all the underdeveloped parts of ourselves, the outdates stories, the unspoken creative dreams."

No matter how many times I look at these photos, I can't believe that that they are not at all Photoshopped. SO badass. 

I was initially suspicious when I read about dark gin, because I'm not a big gin person, but then the reporter compared it to whiskey, so now I think I'll have to give it a try. 

Reading about how much effort it took to capture these photos of Yosemite National Park made me rethink my entire creative process. 

What 2,000 calories looks like in the form of food from various large chain restaurants. 

Developers in Minneapolis have been buying old grain silos with the intent of converting them into residential living spaces. 

Materialism makes you a broke jerk, says science. I've been thinking about this topic a lot lately, especially after hauling all of my stuff back from California to Minnesota. 

Beautiful words about trees

John Mayer's cover of "XO", by Beyoncé, has been one of my favorites for awhile now. I really enjoy the melody of the original (which totally reminds me of the chorus of this song), but he brings an acoustic quality to it that makes it perfect to listen to on a lazy summer afternoons. And the lyrics. Oh, the lyrics. What a great love song: 

The original: 

Happy weekending!

Rachel Jackson