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You know what’s really cool? Victorian Diatom art. When microscopes were first invented, wealthy people used to arrange diatoms (which are microscopic algae) artfully on slides and give them as gifts.

I’m getting a sewing machine for my birthday/Christmas from my mom, and I think my new hobby is going to be making diatom quilts. Because I think that sounds really cool. And because I need something to occupy myself now that my grad school applications are in. And because I’m a huge nerd.

You don’t know anyone at the party, so you don’t want to go. You don’t like cottage cheese, so you haven’t eaten it in years. This is your choice, of course, but don’t kid yourself: it’s also the flinch. Your personality is not set in stone. You may think a morning coffee is the most enjoyable thing in the world, but it’s really just a habit. Thirty days without it, and you would be fine. You think you have a soul mate, but in fact you could have had any number of spouses. You would have evolved differently, but been just as happy.

You can change what you want about yourself at any time. You see yourself as someone who can’t write or play an instrument, who gives in to temptation or makes bad decisions, but that’s really not you. It’s not ingrained. It’s not your personality. Your personality is something else, something deeper than just preferences, and these details on the surface, you can change anytime you like.

If it is useful to do so, you must abandon your identity and start again. Sometimes, it’s the only way.

Set fire to your old self. It’s not needed here. It’s too busy shopping, gossiping about others, and watching days go by and asking why you haven’t gotten as far as you’d like. This old self will die and be forgotten by all but family, and replaced by someone who makes a difference.

Your new self is not like that. Your new self is the Great Chicago Fire—overwhelming, overpowering, and destroying everything that isn’t necessary.
Julien Smith, The Flinch  (via blua)

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Last year, Richard Blanco made history as the youngest, first openly gay, first immigrant and first Latino person to read a poem at a presidential inauguration. Now, in honor of the 10th anniversary of marriage equality in Massachusetts, he’s written a poem about how far the marriage movement has come. Commissioned by Freedom to Marry, “Until We Could” is an evocative, emotional tribute to the loves that came before us and those that will come after. I don’t even have to tell you I’m crying. I know you know. (via the Daily Beast)

Met Richard Blanco at a small luncheon last week! He’s incredibly down-to-earth, hilarious, humble, & generally wonderful.


Frost Flowers Blooming in the Arctic Ocean are Found to be Teeming with Life

These snowflake-like crystals grow from tiny imperfections in floating sea ice, the super-frigid air causing water vapor to crystallize right out of the air into the stunning ordered shapes you see. 

These “frost flowers” have been found to harbor microbial life, far more than the sea around them, creating tiny ecosystems like forzen coral. Life does find a way, huh?

Read more about the research of these “frost flower” microbial communities here.

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No one ever tells you that people will leave your life, unannounced. Sometimes they leave the earth, sometimes they just leave you. Things continue. Tomorrow you will wake up and the sun will be kissing your eyelids and it will be a new day for you to drink too much coffee and reread an old book. You will be okay. No one ever tells you that, either. Days will melt together like some candle you burned down to scraps, and seasons will change. You will fall in and out of love with yourself more times than you’ll ever be able to count. It is important to take the time to appreciate your own fingerprints, your own skin. There will be days when it is all you have.
never forget to be kind to yourself.  (via withyourhalstondress)

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