Seven Quick Takes
1. It’s been shared all over the internet, but in case you missed it, PLEASE read Mona Simpon’s eulogy for her brother, Steve Jobs.
None of us knows for certain how long we’ll be here. On Steve’s better days, even in the last year, he embarked upon projects and elicited promises from his friends at Apple to finish them. Some boat builders in the Netherlands have a gorgeous stainless steel hull ready to be covered with the finishing wood. His three daughters remain unmarried, his two youngest still girls, and he’d wanted to walk them down the aisle as he’d walked me the day of my wedding.
We all — in the end — die in medias res. In the middle of a story. Of many stories.
Have a tissue ready.
2. Another tear jerker: Reformed skinhead endures agony to remove tattoos. This man’s story is a parable of grace and restitution. Some of us, when we turn our lives around, come into the light with a great many scars. We are glad to be living in the light, but we are horrified that everyone can see our scars. It can take a long time, and much painful work, to erase the marks that sin has left on our souls. It can take time, and much painful work, to atone for the ways we’ve scarred others. But as Bryon Widner says, “it’s a small price to pay for being human again.”
3. Wait, back to Steve Jobs (and on a much more lighthearted note): have a look at Apple’s 1983 gift catalog. Rainbow Apple logo FTW!
So my jaw totally dropped to the ground when she said she was STORING HER SHEET SETS INSIDE THEIR PILLOWCASES. I am not a newbie to the world of written-information-about-having-an-organized-and-lovely-home. I have been a subscriber to Martha Stewart Living, Good Housekeeping, and Country Living. I have read countless books and blog posts on cute tricks for organizing the home. But I have never heard of this clever linen storage idea. I feel like I just popped out of a hole in the ground after, ho, fifteen years of solitary living, and squinting into the sun, someone handed me a piece of information that would define my life topside for… well, forever.
(I am nothing if not expressive. Hyperbole? What’s that?)
5. A project I’d like to undertake soon: DIY board books. Garrett the Wonder Baby loves books, but he can’t be trusted with real paper pages yet. This momma made a half-dozen books for her daughter with pictures of all their far-flung family members – a great way to keep loved ones close AND entertain the baby.
6. A total WTF link: Man suing photographer wants wedding recreated, despite divorce. n o no no, you have to READ the article, it’s even more batshit insane than you’d guess from reading the headline.
I AM SO EXCITED. THAT’S WHY I’M USING CAPITAL LETTERS. IT’S INTERNET FOR “I’M REALLY EXCITED.”
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