August 14, 2018

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“The main problem with this great obsession for saving time is very simple: you can't save time. You can only spend it. But you can spend it wisely or foolishly.”
― Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

The idea of saving time, I think, comes from a focus on the future. We live in a society that encourages us to figure out how we can get ahead. To yearn for the next great thing/experience/purchase. You see, I’m all for having something to look forward to. And I’m all for efficiencies – killing two birds with one stone. But there is danger in such a mindset. Especially when making it a lifestyle. To hurry, to try to save time, often means we don’t fully indulge in a task. Think about it – when was the last time you gave someone or something your undivided attention? For me, it’s been a while. And that bums me out.

My mom has this saying, “be where your hands are.” It’s a wonderful reminder to be present. Doing the dishes? Be where your hands are. Chopping tomatoes? Be where your hands are. Driving to work? Be where your hands are. When we are present in the moment, we are using our time wisely. It is foolish to be anywhere than where we really are.

I encourage you this week to make extra effort to be present. Time is truly our greatest asset. Value it. Make the most of it. Spend it wisely.

And if you haven’t read The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff, check it out.
I usually keep this section pretty simple. I like simple. Especially when it comes to cooking. Especially in the summer. This week's recipe, however, is a little more involved and absolutely worth it. Cold noodle dishes are underappreciated, which is a huge bummer 'cause they are delicious. Check out Chris Morocco's cold soba noodles with jammy eggs and peas. It's light, still filling and perfect for this mid-August heatwave. 
Art I Like 
Iain S. Thomas is one of my favorite writers. The South African poet writes verses that pack a punch. Known also by his pen name, pleasefindthis, Thomas' work is both eloquent and relatable. Two of my favorite books from him are I Wrote This for You and Only You and 300 Things I Hope. Below is from the former. 

Intrigued? Check out Short Story Day Africa's interview with Thomas to learn more about the man and his mind
A Song I Like

A classic. A song that will make you feel better. Perfect for getting going in the morning. "Itszoweezee" by De La Soul is that jam forever and always. 
What kind of sports car does a cat drive? A Furrari.
Listen, I think composting is kind of gross. But that's likely 'cause, often, it's not done correctly. I'm trying to get better at it. Composting helps reduce waste in landfills and is great for the garden, and that's just the beginning.

Check out this guide from BHG on what (and what not) to compost
Another Song I Like

I recently stumbled across Katzù Oso and I'm very glad I did. He makes delightful music. If you enjoy Rex Orange County, Cuco and Yellow Days, chances are you'll be digging Oso's tunes, too. Check out "Crazy4luvinU" where you get that bedroom/DIY pop vibe, but with a little 90s r&b interlude to start it off. 
From a Friend
The homie Patrick put me on Papo Lucca's album La Herencia and it's been in heavy rotation ever since. I especially love listening to it while I'm making dinner. 
One Last Thing
The night sky is litty this week. Earth is currently passing through Comet Swift-Tuttle, a transition which will last until August 24. That means meteor shower. The Perseid meteor shower to be specific. You can see up to 60-70 meteors passing through the night sky, most visible between 2 a.m. and dawn. And! That's not it. Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are all visible right now, too. How to spot a planet? They don't twinkle like the stars. Stay up late. Look at the sky. Feel small. It's fun. 
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