We all have a list of our own of things we can be thankful for, if we just focus on it. It is easy to get distracted and focus on our ‘shock’ and ‘outrage’ (but honestly, at this point, if you are still being shocked and outraged by 45, you just haven’t been paying very close attention. Read The Scorpion and the Frog linked below.) I have decided to make a list of websites that I am thankful for. I have long thought that my tagline for this website should be “Something for everyone and nothing for everybody” because my inspiration is not going to exactly fit the same for everyone. That or “I write what inspires me.” The truth is, this website started as an exercise for me to focus on what I find inspired and to share that with the ether, instead of focusing on what outrages me and reposting it on facebook to all of my friends that already feel the exact same way.
Under my MISC tab in bookmarks, I have a list of websites I visit that I use for research and inspiration. Here they are in no particular order:
The Public Domain Review – An online journal and not-for-profit project dedicated to the exploration of curious and compelling works from the history of art, literature, and ideas. Just click around, find something unexpected or search for something specific. Also, donate if the cause speaks to you. At least follow their instagram @publicdomainrev
Brainpickings – Curated by Maria Popova, it records her search for meaning across literature, science, art, philosophy, and the various other tentacles of human thought. Subscribe to the newsletters and let a little inspiration pop up in your inbox.
Holstee – A collection of people passionate about bringing more meaning and inspiration into people’s lives. They believe that living with intention and reflection is an ongoing practice, not a destination. They have a collection of products that can help keep your focus. Donate to them.
Letters of Note – Letters of Note is an attempt to gather and sort fascinating letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes, and memos. Scans/photos where possible. There is a book of beautiful letters that will inspire you to write letters or at least write correspondences with more flourish.
Lists of Note – There is a theme in where I find inspiration, it can skew a bit analog. Lists are created for all manner of reasons, and have been for many centuries. It is mostly archival at this point, but I search through it now and then.
LetterHeady – An online homage to offline correspondence; specifically letters. Yes, more analog obsessions.
Flavorwire – A network of culturally connected people, covering events, art, books, music, film, TV, and pop culture the world over. Highbrow, lowbrow, and everything in between: if it’s compelling we’re talking about it. Flavorwire features global cultural news and commentary, original reporting, and the occasional cat photo (this is the internet, after all).
The Washington Post – I subscribe. I believe in journalism. I support true journalists. Because Democracy Dies In Darkness.
My Way of Life by Joan Crawford. I am not even being shady or ironic. Listen. It’s informative, mostly somewhat kind of true and you can clearly hear ice cubes clinking around in a tumbler and several cigarettes being lit. Here’s the thing: she crafted her life. She came from poverty and created herself into what she wanted to be. So expecting a book to be anything other than a continuation of that narrative makes no sense. How long does it take to make the fabricated real? Does it matter. Just listen to it.