More Things I learned this week, December 8, 2021

We Stand Together, George Rodrigue, The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden

Feel lonely? There are 4 types of loneliness. Here’s how to beat them

Have you ever gotten into bed at the end of the day and realized that you haven’t spoken out loud to anyone since the day before? Or simply found yourself feeling completely and utterly alone?

Vincent van Gogh on Fear, Taking Risks, and How Making Inspired Mistakes Moves Us Forward

“However meaningless and vain, however dead life appears, the man of faith, of energy, of warmth … steps in and does something.”

(click to enlarge) Book With Wings Anselm Kiefer Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

10 Works of Literary Fantasy You Should Read

What do I mean by “literary fantasy”? …, I am using it to mean works of fantasy that prioritize sentence-level craft and/or complex thematic structures, and/or that play with expectations and fantasy tropes, and/or that focus on characters and interiority as primary goals of the work. I don’t just mean “well-written fantasy” or “literary novels that have magic in them,” though both kinds of books can be found here. What I mean is books that relate to and pull from the conventions of both genres: fantasy and literary fiction.

25 Words That Are Their Own Opposites

Standing Man With Radiating Words, Leslie Dill, Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden

I loved watching this couple dance while Brave Combo played. The reflecting pools were dry and the Art Deco sculptures looked down on them.

Stretching is not the key to moving better. This is.

Over the past year I’ve been working hard on moving better. I’ve gone from having shin splints and sore ankles when I run to bashing out 10Ks happy as anything. It takes a bit of work, but there’s a lot you can do to improve. And it doesn’t matter where you’re starting out, either.

The land of lakes, volcanoes, and sun. A painting I bought on my last trip to Nicaragua.

Volcanic fertilization of the oceans drove severe mass extinction, say scientists

Scientists at the University of Southampton have discovered that two intense periods of volcanism triggered a period of global cooling and falling oxygen levels in the oceans, which caused one of the most severe mass extinctions in Earth history.