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The Brown Revolution: Why Healthy Soil Means Healthy People

The Brown Revolution is happening. If the last time you talked about soil was to call something as boring as dirt, heed what Leonardo da Vinci said: “We know more about the movement of celestial bodies than we know about the soil underfoot.” That was 500 years ago and soil experts agree that it’s …

Farming

The Best Books on Writing, NYC, Animals, and More: A Collaboration with the New York Public Library

As an enormous lover and patron of public libraries, I was beyond delighted when the fine folks at the New York Public Library asked me to curate a selection of books for their bookstore and gave me free range to do whatever I wished. My original thought was to do a single reading list around a …

David Whyte on How to Break the Tyranny of Work/Life Balance

“We are each a river with a particular abiding character, but we show radically different aspects of our self according to the territory through which we travel.”<p>The equilibrium between productivity and presence is one of the hardest things to master in life, and one of the most important. We, both …

Work-life Balance

How to Criticize with Kindness: Philosopher Daniel Dennett on the Four Steps to Arguing Intelligently

<i>“In disputes upon moral or scientific points,”</i> Arthur Martine counseled in his magnificent 1866 guide to the art of conversation, <i>“let your aim be to come at truth, not to conquer your opponent. So you never shall be at a loss in losing the argument, and gaining a new discovery.”</i> Of course, this …

Rising Strong: Brené Brown on the Physics of Vulnerability and What Resilient People Have in Common

“If we are brave enough often enough, we will fall; this is the physics of vulnerability.”<p><i>“There is no science without fancy, and no art without facts,”</i> Vladimir Nabokov famously proclaimed. Today, hardly anyone embodies this sentiment more fully than <b>Brené Brown</b>, who came of age as a social …

Social Research

Brain Pickings

If you absorb one thing this week, make it poet Jane Kenyon's advice to writers – some of the wisest words for any human being to live by: …

Best-Ever Solar Food Dehydrator Plans - DIY

For nearly 20 years, I’ve led research teams as founder and coordinator of the Appropriate Technology Program at Appalachian State University. We’ve …

4 Rituals That Will Make You Happy, According to Neuroscience

You get all kinds of happiness advice on the Internet from people who don’t know what they’re talking about. Don’t trust them.<p>Actually, don’t trust …

How to Build This DIY Workbench

Smart design. Solid construction. On this workbench, you can build anything.<p>A DIY workbench can be utilitarian and thrown together or it can be beautifully handcrafted. Both can function about the same, but it's more likely the latter example will be a pleasure to use and to own.<p>When <i>Popular</i> …

Now you can build your own DIY smartphone using Raspberry Pi

Walking into a store or going online to buy a smartphone is, like, so totally 2014. Why not just build your own?<p>Developer Tyler Spadgenske has been tinkering away at a basic DIY smartphone that runs on Raspberry Pi for more than a year now, and he’s posted an updated set of directions over at …

Raspberry Pi

Build a Japanese-Style Sawhorse Using Only Compression Joints

Japanese Woodworking focuses on advanced joinery (tight clearances) and finely planed wood surfaces. This Japanese-style sawhorse is built using only …

A Beautiful 1928 Letter to 16-Year-Old Jackson Pollock from His Dad

As a lover of letters, I was thrilled to stumble across this 1928 gem from <b>Jackson Pollock</b>’s father, LeRoy, to his son, uncovered by occasional <i>Brain Pickings</i> contributor Michelle Legro in the <i>Family</i> issue of the always-excellent <i>Lapham’s Quarterly</i>.<p>Found in <b>American Letters 1927-1947: Jackson Pollock &</b> …

DIY Raspberry Pi Weather Station @Raspberry_Pi #piday #raspberrypi

article<p>https://blog.adafruit.com/2015/01/02/diy-raspberry-pi-weather-station-raspberry_pi-piday-raspberrypi/<p>The Raspberry Pi Hobbyist posted a new …

The 30 Minute Infinity Scarf (Tutorial)

(Via Handimania) Chunky scarves are still in style and I don’t predict the trend dyeing out anytime soon. At least I hope that it doesn’t! Because …

HomeMade Modern EP30 The Flip Desk

In a small apartment, a desk is used for many things. It's often more than just a workstation. It can double as a craft table, a dinner table for …

HomeMade Modern DIY Concrete: Coloring Casting

Introduction: HomeMade Modern DIY Concrete: Coloring & Casting<p>About: HomeMade Modern is an online design source that publishes easy-to-follow, DIY …

Home Depot

Fauxthropologie Fox Stole pattern by Katie Cunningham

I wrote up a pattern of what I did for my fox stole! I wrote it as I was knitting, so it should be pretty accurate… but some test knitters would be …

Little 1: Paul Rand’s Sweet Vintage Children’s Book About Numbers, Soulmates, and Belonging

In the late 1950s, legendary graphic designer Paul Rand and his then-wife Ann set out to write and illustrate a series of children’s books, beginning with <i>Sparkle and Spin</i> in 1957. The second book in the series, <b>Little 1</b> (<i>public library</i>), was published in 1961 and enlisted the same playful dance of …

Mr. Tweed’s Good Deeds: An Unusual Counting Book about the Power of Small Kindnesses

However anguishing the art of asking for help may be, little is more gladdening than the act of giving it. That’s the premise behind <b>Mr. Tweed’s Good Deeds</b> (<i>public library</i>) — a most unusual and gorgeously illustrated counting book by <b>Jim Stoten</b>, using Mr. Tweed’s small acts of kindness to teach kids …

The Best Children’s Books of 2014

<i>“I don’t write for children,”</i> Maurice Sendak scoffed in his final interview. <i>“I write — and somebody says, ‘That’s for children!’”</i><p><i>“It is an error,”</i> wrote J.R.R. Tolkien seven decades earlier in his superb meditation on fantasy and why there’s no such thing as writing for children, <i>“to think of</i> …

Thoreau on the art of walking and the spirit of sauntering – such a wonderful antidote to our sedentary culture of desk-bound work: http://www.brainpickings.org/2014/11/17/thoreau-walking/

IN FOCUS - An Urban Farmers tools of the trade.

Do Not Despise Your Inner World: Advice on a Full Life from Philosopher Martha Nussbaum

When he was twenty-one, artist and writer <b>James Harmon</b> stumbled into a bookstore and found himself mesmerized by a copy of Rilke’s <i>Letters to a Young Poet</i>, the central concerns in which — love, fear, art, doubt, sex — resonated powerfully with his restless young mind and inspired him to envision what …

Shubhendu Sharma: How to grow a tiny forest anywhere

The Art of Conversation: Timeless, Timely Do’s and Don’ts from 1866

Manners today are often seen as a quaint subject that belongs in Lord Chesterfield’s outlandish advice on the art of pleasing or <i>Esquire</i>‘s dated guide to dating. But in a culture where we regularly do online what we’d never do in person and behave offline in ways our grandparents wouldn’t have dared …

Uncommon Genius: Stephen Jay Gould on Why Dot-Connecting Is the Key to Creativity

<i>“Originality often consists in linking up ideas whose connection was not previously suspected,”</i> wrote W. I. B. Beveridge in the fantastic 1957 tome <i>The Art of Scientific Investigation</i>. <i>“The role of the imagination is to create new meanings and to discover connections that, even if obvious, seem to</i> …

Webbed Seat

You've found a charming chair at a flea market, but it lacks a seat. Not to worry: Fix it in no time by weaving a new one.

Ana White | Collapsible Potting Table - DIY Projects

HANDMADE FROM THIS PLAN >><p>Projects built from this plan. Thank you for submitting brag posts, it's appreciated by all!<p>Handmade by: DavidTR<p>Author …

DIY Storage Ottoman

The most satisfying DIY projects are those that serve not just a practical purpose, but an aesthetic one as well. Here’s a DIY storage ottoman– or …