this was a good week

This was a good week.  Look:

•  I was stuck doing some work I really wasn't in the mood to do, so on the spur of the moment, I grabbed my camera and macro lens and visited a nearby arboretum.  It's mid-September so very little was in bloom; still, these images prove there's still a lot of beauty to find if you look closely enough.

More cool stuff:

•  The speed at which this video was made and published is astonishing.  Ahmed has a clock!

•  And speaking of videos that make me laugh, bringing craftsmanship back to firewood production.


• A supermoon blood moon eclipse is on its way, September 27th!  This seems like something that will be very cool to watch, yes?

•  And as long as I'm looking forward to things, I can't wait for this polaroid photography collaboration, atlanta + amsterdam.


•  Love this story about what it takes to get back in shape -- any kind of shape.

•  And while I'm thinking about sketching, me and my other me -- a series of illustrations of famous people with their younger selves.  Brilliant.


•  And finally:  the good people at The ONE Campaign have turned me on to The United Nations Summit for Sustainable Development that will begin next week:  all 193 member states of the UN will be coming together to ratify 17 Global Goals, which broadly fit in the following three categories:  ending extreme poverty, fighting inequality and injustice, and combating climate change, all by the year 2030.  This is big:  the last goals were set in 2000, and 2015 was the target year:  this ratification will signify the world's commitment to keep creating change for the better.

As part of this event, we (that's you and me, all of us), are being asked to raise the visibility of what's happening, and so I will -- between September 24th and October 1st, every day I'll share images from my 3 trips to Africa with ONE on Instagram, with a little bit more about the goals.  But first, for today's song of the day, I wanted to share this awesome song featuring several famous African artists -- Mafikizolo (South Africa), Yemi Alade (Nigeria), Diamond (Tanzania), Sauti Sol (Kenya), Toofan (Togo), Becca and Sarkodie (Ghana), to be specific - encouraging you to spread the word.  But fair warning:  this will probably have you dancing in your chair, so if you're at work, you might make a scene.  (And Trinis, you'll especially love this - it's got a serious soca vibe!)

Click here or on the image below to watch.


On that joyful note, have a great weekend, friends.  Here's hoping it's filled with song and beautiful things that invite you to get close and look.

(P.S.  I just discovered that the lovely Lisa Congdon featured me on her site today -- go take a look!  Thanks so much, Lisa!)