Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #28

Start your Monday off right:

  1. Since Miles (my son) reacts to diary, I have been exploring other options for a cold sweet treat at the end of the night. I tried my fiend's vegan ice cream made out of coconut cream. frozen cherries, and few squares of dark chocolate and I knew I had found my solution. Last week, I made a batch of strawberry rhubarb ice cream that tasted like spring. This recipe for cinnamon toast ice cream might be up next once. 
  2. Who knew there was a Rube Goldberg Machine competition but its as fascinating as the machines being built. 
  3. Lee Friedlander captures the hustle and flow of NYC 
  4. A family in the middle of LA turned their 1/5 of an acre into a farm. The Urban Homestead sells their produce right off the front porch. 
  5. "What advice would you give to a young person who is starting out? I often find that young people are searching for a benefactor or patron, or some big gig to set their careers in motion—someone to believe in them, to quiet all of their anxieties and polish all of the brilliant, but rough, parts. I’ve found this to almost never be the case.
    My best advice comes in two parts: First, bold delusion. It all boils down to that. You have to believe in yourself in an almost crazy way. You have to be bold enough to make something from nothing over and over again. And you have to be delusional enough to think that your ideas are valuable, which is, of course, not delusional at all.
    The second: You have to build the ship to sail on. In other words, you can’t tell people about the ship you are thinking about building and expect them to buy tickets for the first ride. Instead you must first put in the work. That often means heavy lifting, isolation, heaps of doubt, and epic failures and setbacks. It’s a lonely place to be when you are building your ship. But when you do it, and you set sail, people will see how beautiful and majestic it is, and there will be a line to buy tickets. This can be applied to any creative endeavor, especially when you consider that the better you build your ship, the longer you can sail before you have to make repairs and improvements." Rebecca Rebouche 
  6. 365 Days of Origami. I love the yoda and the pink elephant 

  7. The advice from Mad Men creator, Matthew Weiner, echos the quote above from Rebecca Rebouche. Find goal or an idea that you are willing to work on for years to make it a reality without seeing any success. I am slowly learning to be a peace with this aspect of the creative pursuit.