The Writehouse

"Steadfast, serene, immovable, the same, year after year, through all the silent night
burns on forevermore that quenchless flame, shines on that inextinguishable light!"
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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According to the reminiscence bump theory, we all have a culturally conditioned “life script” that serves, in our memory, as the narrative of our lives. When we look back on our pasts, the memories that dominate this narrative have two things in common: They’re happy, and they cluster around our teens and early 20s.
Mark Joseph Stern. “Neural Nostalgia” (via peterspear)


The waters of Honey Creek slip over Turner Falls in the Arbuckle Mountains, Oklahoma

National Geographic | August 1971

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Queen Rock Montreal

"Jailhouse Rock", Queen


Fishes floating in the wonderful clear water of the Plitvice Lakes in Croatia (by ferle).

Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything - anger, anxiety, or possessions - we cannot be free.
Thich Nhat Hanh (via thecalminside)


Carl Holsøe (Danish, 1863-1935), Interiør i solskin [Sunlit interior]. Oil on canvas, 79 x 70.5 cm.

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Reckoning Live At The Olympia

"Pretty Persuasion", REM

And therefore, all of those for whom authentic transformation has deeply unseated their souls must, I believe, wrestle with the profound moral obligation to shout form the heart—perhaps quietly and gently, with tears of reluctance; perhaps with fierce fire and angry wisdom; perhaps with slow and careful analysis; perhaps by unshakable public example—but authentically always and absolutely carries a a demand and duty: you must speak out, to the best of your ability, and shake the spiritual tree, and shine your headlights into the eyes of the complacent. You must let that radical realization rumble through your veins and rattle those around you.
Ken Wilber (via kosmicfool)

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On a recent trip to Iceland, Montpelier, France-based photographer Sarah Martinet had the opportunity to take an aerial tour of the land in a plane with open windows, resulting in these stunning photos that showcase the country’s extreme natural beauty from a unique, bird’s-eye view.


This Mexican Cemetery Becomes A Living Cartoon At Night

Stretching over 590 acres, the Panteón de Dolores is Mexico’s largest cemetery, and contains over 700,000 tombs, gravestones, and sculptures. With all of those slabs of granite and marble around, the Mexico City animation collective Llama Rada got to thinking: “What if we use the tombstones of the cemetery as screens to project a vibrant, living cartoon?”

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Earth Wind & Fire


Got to get you into my life

Earth, Wind & Fire cover the Beatles….. need I say more?

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A diagram of the movement of the Moon around the Earth (seen here) and a recipe for invisible ink await you in Mary Smith’s Commonplace Book. Help us make Mary’s journal of scientific inquiry more accessible by becoming a digital volunteer at the Smithsonian Transcription Center.

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Out comes the whip. We’re lazy, stuck, worthless. Our ideas are shallow, uninteresting, tepid. What’s our problem? Why can’t we just crank out pages like some literary version of a well-oiled machine?

I’ll tell you why not. Because this writing thing is hard. It always feels good to have written, but it rarely feels good to sit down to write. If I were to describe my own physical process, it’s like a nearly-unbearable tension within me slowly begins to rise. A welling up of so many thoughts and feelings that it feels I might explode. And yet, at the same time, there is the seeming impossibility of finding the words, of knowing what’s next, of getting it right. Shoulders tense. Jaw tightens. Eyes sting. Breath becomes shallow. Mind buzzes in circles endlessly. The page is a solid wall at which I must run, full tilt, and only by running, only by hurling myself straight at it might it crumble and give way. But it appears so solid! So unforgiving! Sometime I bang against it, and limp away, bruised and bloody. Other times, it turns out the wall was just a mirage. But there’s only one way to find out.


So. How to begin? Improbably enough, we must begin with kindness.

The brilliant Dani Shapiro, a modern sage of the pleasures and perils of writing and the creative life, reflects on getting to work.

Complement with Shapiro on why creativity requires leaping into the unknown and her spectacular conversation with Debbie Millman.

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(Detail)- Wheat Field with Cypresses, Vincent Van Gogh. 1889.


(Detail)- Wheat Field with Cypresses, Vincent Van Gogh. 1889.

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