perspective.

Everything is relative. And it turns out, *everything* is relatively good.

foyobli:

I forced my sleepy self out of bed particularly early this Monday morning, on a mission to Fall Back in Love With Running. 

Three panting miles later, rueing the loss of my athleticism and mentally compiling a list of things I need to get done this week, I wasn’t exactly in the zen, running-to-Robyn, happy-to-be-alive state I was hoping for. 

But then an old man, slowly hobbling around the lake with his walker, flashed me a big smile and a thumbs up, and contentedly said “Life is GREAT, isn’t it?”

Yes, yes it is. 

Anonymous asked: Do you think your blog title feels slighted by your new journalism post?

Pish-posh. My blog title can never be slighted.

“The country knows not yet, or in the least part, how great a son it has lost.”
theatlantic:

A couple kisses before the second run of the bull of the San Fermin Festival, on July 8, 2012, in Pamplona.
[Image: AFP/Getty]

I’d want a kiss before I was mauled by a bull as well. Thing is, I have no defense. Pamplona is on the life to-do-and-not-be-mauled list. I’m athletic, but in a very specific sense. I’ll find out if that athleticism meshes with the avoidance of bulls very, very quickly I’m sure.

theatlantic:

A couple kisses before the second run of the bull of the San Fermin Festival, on July 8, 2012, in Pamplona.

[Image: AFP/Getty]

I’d want a kiss before I was mauled by a bull as well. Thing is, I have no defense. Pamplona is on the life to-do-and-not-be-mauled list. I’m athletic, but in a very specific sense. I’ll find out if that athleticism meshes with the avoidance of bulls very, very quickly I’m sure.

Words from a media maven—that I couldn’t write down fast enough.

ashleyaram:

“Finding a career is like dating.” No explanation was necessary. 

“Be part of what you’re doing. Don’t let the Internet get in the way. Go to that museum you’re writing about. Drink at that bar you’re recommending.”

“If the hed and the dek don’t make sense, people won’t read the rest.” Insert jelly metaphor here. 

“Don’t write generic, throwaway clichés. That’s what bloggers do.” 

“If your name is on it, it needs to be your voice. Challenge your editors.”This piece of advice came with a lovely story about an editor changing the word breasts to udders in a story she wrote. (All to keep from the repetitive use of the word breasts. Typical.) You could feel the female fury building as she explained how she refused to put her name on it. 

“Trust that little sixth sense of yours. If you chose this career path, you’ve got one.”

“A good editor knows what the reader wants before the reader knows they want it.” 

Best piece of advice she ever received? “Just do it.”

The Declaration of Independence

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.—That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, —That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.—Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

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“He lived, as I suppose is the lot of most geniuses, in some strange world of his own, full of nervous tensions of which we lesser mortals know nothing.”
“He called the wind and the wind came. It was magic. Real magic. The sort of magic I’d heard about in stories of Taborlin the Great. The sort of magic I hadn’t believed in since I was six. Now I didn’t know what to believe. So I invited him into our troupe, hoping to find answers to my questions. Though I didn’t know it at the time, I was looking for the name of the wind.”
Kvothe | The Name of the Wind | Ch. 8

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editorrealtalk:

London living.

London living.

Leaving the Isle of Skye was one of the saddest things I’ve ever had to do. It’s full of wonder, and mystery, and geography that’ll make you short of breath.

Leaving the Isle of Skye was one of the saddest things I’ve ever had to do. It’s full of wonder, and mystery, and geography that’ll make you short of breath.