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With traditional fishermen Laka Tana Bahir Dar, Ethiopia June…

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With traditional fishermen
Laka Tana
Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
June…

With traditional fishermen

Laka Tana

Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

June 2014 

Photo: Jennifer James

Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead

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Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead

Hey look, it’s a contemporary author who has me waiting for her next novel. That doesn’t happen often.

I recently read Maggie’s Astonish Me, and while we wait for her next book, I thought I’d post my favorite parts of her first book, Seating Arrangements:

How had she,...

Friday! Links

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Friday! Links

If you don’t have time to watch the whole thing, advance to 5:20 for Emma Stone’s version of “All I do is Win” by by DJ Khaled.

Now that, is a great idea.

Fascinating article about having a stroke at 33, via kottke.

Good idea for a DIY calendar journal, would be...

Give Him the Word that I’m Not a Rover

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Give Him the Word that I’m Not a Rover

I woke to “Mr. Sandman” running through my head, but it was the Permanent Waves version from Family Ties, where Skippy butts in on the lyrics.

Mr. Sandman YEEEESSS?! Bring me a dream

That episode, Band on the Run, aired in 1987. It’s the one where Alex tries to manage Jennifer’s...

Reporting for a Divided Nation

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Reporting for a Divided Nation

I came across this quote recently in The Week. It’s from From Why I Decided Reporting Was No Longer Worth the Risk by Tom A. Peter for The New Republic.

I’ve often wondered about the risks that reporters, myself included, take in order to cover war. In the wake of death, these...

Operating Instructions by Anne Lamott

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Operating Instructions by Anne Lamott

The best parts of Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year by Anne Lamott:

Little by little I think I’m letting go of believing that I’m in charge, that I’m God’s assistant football coach. It’s so incredibly hard to let go of one’s passion for control. It...

Hotels I Recommend to Friends

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Hotels I Recommend to Friends

The best travel tips are always from friends, so I thought I’d share some of my favorite hotels. I sometimes plan trips around where I’d like to stay, and though I’m devoted to airbnb lately, these are a few hotels where you should stay if you ever get the chance.

The hotels on this list meet all my criteria...

The Stars Do Sing

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The Stars Do Sing

The poem Silence of the Stars by David Wagoner mentions that natives in the Kalahari desert can hear the stars sing. I wondered whether there was any science behind it, and came across this:

Scientists are using stellar seismology (or asteroseismology) to study the structure of pulsating stars. Star “earthquakes” do make sounds, but we...

Valerie Jarrett

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Valerie Jarrett

From Esquire’s interview of Valerie Jarrett, Senior White House Advisor:

• If somebody’s trying to get you angry, the calmer you get, the angrier they’ll get. • Just because you’re nervous doesn’t mean you have to look nervous. Nobody can look inside you. Project what you want to project. •...

Nick Cave

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Nick Cave

Nick Cave‘s work makes me think, “Yay! Yay! YAY!”

I want to put these on and dance around.

Doesn’t he seem like he must have been so fun to play...

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