19 cheap or free ways to practice kindness, randomly and intentionally

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I’ve made a new thing. Do you remember the zine I made recently on snail-mail? I’ve been drawing and pasting again but this time, the zine is about kindness. Specifically about random acts of kindness, but also intentional acts of kindness. I agree it’s important to cultivate an attitude to life that leaves us open to…

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Once upon a time, snail mail

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A sample of some of the outgoing mail I’ve been sending lately. Making their way through the Deep, Dark Forest (aka the international postal system) are: Little Red Riding Hood // Pinocchio // Rapunzel // Puss in Boots // Snow White // the Three Little Pigs (actually just one of them) // the Big Bad…

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The Passion Planner (and other stories)

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Good morning! This is my new diary. It’s called a “Passion Planner” which is a dubious name for a fabulous concept. It bills itself as “the one place for all your thoughts,” and also “the life coach that fits in your back pack.” The diary is filled with prompts and questions and lists and mind-maps…

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The travelling post office

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Night Mail is a 20-minute documentary on postal workers. On a train between England and Scotland, in the 1930s. Don’t even pretend you’re not rolling your eyes. Essentially this “documentary” (which is more like a bunch of postal workers reenacting their nightly duties, badly and adorably) follows the mail-express, a fast-moving steam train that used to hurtle every night…

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What are the words to that song?

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Let’s talk about song lyrics, for a minute. Specifically, song lyrics that you get wrong, with somewhat hilarious consequences. I’ll start. 1. In high school, I thought Madonna was singing “Dress you up in Milo” rather than “Dress you up in  my love.” (Non-Aussie friends, Milo is a kind of chocolate drink powder that you…

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30 letters in 30 days: the tally

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What do the Dalai Lama, Dame Judi Dench, and US President Barack Obama have in common? They all received a letter from me last month. (I can’t tell you why I wrote to these good folks because the interviews I sent are part of a surprise for a friend and she sometimes reads this blog. You’ll…

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Art outside

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Here is an incredible, international, project that is bringing art to the streets, and you can get involved. Yes, even you. People all over the world are visiting galleries, snapping photos of overlooked or forgotten portraits, and replicating them in the streets of their cities. It all started with French artist Julien de Casablanca, after…

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ANZAC biscuit recipe

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This morning Scout and I whipped up a couple of batches of ANZAC biscuits. We made the monster-sized ones you see here for us to eat on the weekend (and one for me at morning tea), then another batch of slightly more reasonably-sized biscuits to take to her friends at daycare. She was bursting with…

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8 books about snail mail

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Do you want to read somebody else’s mail? It’s not a crime if the letters are in a book! If you’re looking for something to read and are feeling nostalgic for a bit of old-school snail-mail, here’s a list you might enjoy, of some of my favourites. 84 CharingCross Road by Helene Hanff Why I…

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A history of New York

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Stunning. Absolutely stunning. I can’t stop watching this animation of the development of New York, from the 16th Century to the present. It’s what you’ll see when you ride the elevators in the new 1 World Trade Center, to the observatory. As you rise through the storeys, New York literally rises from the swamp, and the…

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The happiness of the pursuit

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“We should concern ourselves not so much with the pursuit of happiness, but with the happiness of the pursuit.” Once upon a time, before there were podcasts, I was going to create a podcast. It was to be an exploration of “how we celebrate.” I was going to travel the world, for one year, and…

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7 indoor plants that are tricky to kill

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Recently I read one of those “5 surprising habits of happy people” type articles, and one of the five “happy habits” was keeping plants in your home. No real surprises there, of course. Plants are good for your physical and psychological health: they filter and purify the air inside your home, they give you something…

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