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Rollins Lake + Edward Abbey + Happy Links

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{"Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit." // Edward Abbey}

Happy Links:

  • Someone tweeted about Coffitivity the other day. Have you heard of it? It's a great way to add ambient sound to your work space -- whether you work from home and need a little background noise or share a cubicle and can't hang with the office chatter.
  • This collection of clever street art made me smile. I hope it does the same for you.
  • John and Sherry at Young House Love are an inspiration on so many levels, but I have to say that this post left me in awe of their grace and charm. Can you imagine having people hound you in the comment section of your blog about the state of your uterus? Umm. No. Sherry handled it with more diplomacy than anyone I have ever witnessed.

Wrap it Up:

Thanks to a busy off-blog writing schedule and a very unwelcome 48-hour flu bug, I've only posted twice in just as many weeks so I'm wrapping those up today.

  • Building a career around creative work has always appealed to me. Last week, I announced the launch of a new series aimed at shining a light on those who do it well.
  • This week, I shared the final piece of my project for Anne Ditmeyer's map design class. If you're interested in reading about the project from start to finish, you can do so herehere and here. She's teaching the class again in late May, if anyone's interested!

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I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

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Northern California + Robin Williams + Happy Links

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{Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!" // Robin Williams}

Happy Links: {Disclaimer: While I'm putting these under the 'happy links' header, the links below really fall under the 'links that make you think' category. Just roll with it.}

  • I am so intrigued by these photos of cities without any man-made light. Photographer Thierry Cohen did an amazing job illustrating what city dwellers are missing when they look up into the night sky.
  • This video combines cool graphics and Ira Glass's explanation of how creative endeavors (in this case, storytelling) evolve. It is the most brilliant way of describing how it feels to be elbow-deep in new creative ventures. Please watch it, if you have two minutes.
  • Speaking of the creative process, I identified BIG TIME with this recent post from former Sacramentan David Watts Barton. It's an incredibly honest post and is just one of the many reasons I admire his work.

Wrap it Up:

  • It's hard to believe that just a few short days ago, we were snowshoeing in Donner Memorial State Park. It's supposed to hit 72° in the Sacramento Valley today. Spring has arrived, my friends!
  • It looks like things are coming together for the project I'm working on in my map design class. Has anyone else signed up? Be sure to let me know and I'll find you in class.

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I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

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Grand Tetons + Edward Abbey + Happy Links

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"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome,  dangerous, leading to the most amazing view."// Edward Abbey

Happy Links:

  • Erin Loechner from Design for Mankind posted this amazing video to her design blog for tiny humans, Design for Minikind and it totally made my day. Children are the best at telling it like it is. I truly feel like we grown-ups can learn a thing or two from these small, wise souls.
  • Love art and food? Me too. I came across this beautiful post on the Anthology Magazine blog and now I'm hungry and kind of want to hit up the show.
  • If I'm ever feeling a bit lacking in the wanderlust department, Designtripper always comes through like a champ. This post on winter cabins has me wishing for a warm fire and a bit more chilly weather.

Wrap it Up:

  • Way back when, I mentioned wanting to write more about where I live. The Sacramento region is a wonderful place to live and I love sharing my favorite spots and activities with people. So, I put together a few of my favorite places to take a stroll in Sacramento. It's looking like we have a beautiful weekend ahead of us, so let's all go outside shall we?
  • I'm having a wonderful time dishing on my favorite independent publications in the 'Cover to Cover' series. I was lucky enough to get my hands on Volume 4 of Off Switch Magazine and interview Founder and Editor-in-Chief Katie Michels this week. If you missed it, you can check it out here.

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I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

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Pescadero + Bernoulli + Happy Links

After a week of dreaming of, reminiscing about and plotting our next trip to the U.S. Northern Rockies, I thought I'd better throw in a nice sunset-over-the-Pacific photo for today's post.It's Friday (yippee!), so enjoy this little weekly wrap-up and have a great weekend!

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{"Nature always tends to act in the simplest way." // Bernoulli}

Happy Links:

  • Sacramento chef Adam Pechal is making the grade on ABC's The Taste. Any of my Sacramento friends watching? We all know reality TV isn't really real, but it's sure fun watching him do what he does best on a national show.
  • When Apartment Therapy featured this adaptable house in Washington I did a double take. Can you imagine living in a place like that? Talk about options!
  • Have you checked out these photos of the Flower Carpet Festival in Brussels? AMAZING. Anyone seen it in person?

Wrap it Up:

If you missed any posts from this week, just follow the links!

  • We made it official: Glacier National Park is on the books for this year. Plus, our favorite Grand Teton cabin rentals (from our 2009 road trip) finally got the recognition they deserve.
  • I found some old footage from the aforementioned trip and made a little video. I keep watching it and smiling. Memories are amazing little treasures, aren't they?

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Happy Friday, all!

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Yosemite + Muir + Happy Links

Well, hello there! Things have been a bit quiet around here this week thanks to a whole host of offline business, but I wanted to be sure to introduce a new and improved version of the "A Snap + A Quote" series.I'm always stumbling across people, places and things that make me smile, so I'm adding them to the mix! Ready? Here it goes:

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"The mountains are calling and I must go." - John Muir

Happy Links:

  • This great post from the No More Dirty Looks gals soliciting a clean cosmetics resource list from everyone on the internet.
  • C'est Christine's lovely postcard post from the Brooklyn Bridge, which is satisfying my inner bridge nerd.
  • A wonderful collection of bear photos over on My Modern Met (and pretty much every collection of photos on My Modern Met).
  • Bloglovin' as my new blog reader. So much better than what I was using before.
  • This incredible cabin renovation over on Smitten Studio, which is really making me want a fixer cabin. Stat!

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Happy Friday, all. I hope you have a lovely weekend!

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