Long before he arrived in Alaska, I knew Ben wanted to see the Northern Lights. He was joining me for two weeks in the bitter season of cold and perpetuating night to record sounds and discover inspiration for a new album. An original musician journeying to Alaska, he sought an ordinary dream to find peace...and the Northern Lights.
Ben landed in Anchorage Wednesday night. 24 hours later we’d concluded that our best chance to see the Aurora Borealis, as Ben liked calling the Northern Lights, was to head as far north as possible during my weekend off from work. Fairbanks, though hardly halfway up the state, is Alaska’s northern most city and home to a mere 32,000 people. Although driving would take 8 hours instead of the railroad’s 12, I was not sure my 1995 Ford Aerostar van could withstand the total 720+ miles in a 48 time-period. I had work on Monday too.
It’s just about time for that 3:00pm slump, and I almost immediately and without fail crave chocolate. I don’t need too much of it—just one or two pieces will do—but I can’t do without it. Recently though, my afternoon snack situation has changed. A friend posted a recipe with the status, “Get these in your life!” I laughed but thought I’d give it a try.
Summer time is a great season to be active, be inspired, and work with your hands. As Acculturatednoted this week, Americans in general are growing a renewed interest in craftsmanship and labor that requires both mental and physical focus. Are you up to anything that “weaves thinking and doing together” this summer? We’d love to know.
This month, we’re hosting analogue photographer Jayme Markus as our Artist in Residence. Today’s photos were taken in Minneapolis, Minn., and you can see her work from the last weeks here and here. Enjoy, and have a restful Sunday.
Every summer, after various acquaintances have spent the year getting engaged, I get excited to see if we will be invited to any weddings. Summer is not only peak vacation season for many people, but its warmth, beauty, and abundance make it prime time for couples who want to tie the knot. Wedding season always feels like a bit of an adventure, including everything from long-distance flights and road trips, to dress fittings gone awry (as G. K. Chesterton said, “An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered”), to the meetings of separate families and groups of friends, to the adventure of marriage itself. Closely intertwined with these is a high concern for proper graces and forms of behavior, and a great deal of aesthetic planning, consumption, and appreciation—which naturally indicates extensive use of Pinterest.
We’re excited to introduce someone fun today—Flat Earnest. Inspired by the beloved children’s book Flat Stanley, Flat Earnest is ready to go on all your summer adventures. Simply save him as an image on your computer, print him out, and follow the directions below. Bon voyage, Earnest! We can’t wait to see where you go these next six weeks!
I’ve been driving for eight years now without any problems. My fiancé Scott and I were zipping through southern Colorado on a road trip. He’s looking for a job these days and I’m applying for grad school. We’d spent the last few hours chatting about our future—what we could do, where we could live, what jobs we could get, etc. We took a break from serious stuff and started jamming to 90’s hip-hop when the gray snub-nosed trooper car flipped on his lights in my rear-view mirror. I pulled over, the officer informed me I’d been speeding, collected my information, and wrote me a ticket. Bam. Just like that.
Too often, we stand before a work of art and read the written description beside it rather than actually looking at the piece itself. It’s quite understandable—for many of us, words are much easier to comprehend than pictures. But we do ourselves a disservice. It is much more difficult to actually look at the artwork, but if we want to communicate with the artist, we must learn that line, shape, color, composition, symbolism, and the play of light and dark are as legitimate a language as English.
Jane Norman, in her essay “How to Look at Art,” writes that, when looking at art, “what is required is a creative eye, for creative looking is necessary to full comprehension of the ideas and feelings expressed through an art object. Communication with an artist must be through his work. It must be direct, not diluted by verbal translation.”
This month, we’re hosting analogue photographer Jayme Markus as our Artist in Residence. Today’s photos were taken in the Dominic Republican, and you can see her work from last week here. Enjoy, and have a restful Sunday.