When my friend gave me this Christmas gift (a small canvas to hang on the tree), I'm not sure she realized she was giving me two gifts-in-one: a lovely piece of art and an introduction to a new-to-me and now a favourite artist: Heather Johnston. Thank you, Theresa.
Virginia Woolf on How to Read a Book by Maria Popova (Brain Pickings)
Vladimir Nabokov on What Makes a Good Reader (Brain Pickings)
In her latest On Being blog post, Courtney E. Martin thoughtfully and honestly considers what we lose (and save) by moving from engaged participants to selective curators.
“[Using technology such as the iPhone and Instagram to capture, curate and share] can be a creative act, a celebratory act, an act of connection across distance and time. It can also be an act that pulls us out of the moment and out of the rare bliss that is unselfconscious and fully absorbed existence. Taken to the extreme, there aren’t enough “likes” in the universe for that kind of loss.”