Chavela Vargas, above
Last weekend, the New York Times Magazine was devoted to a collection of essays titled “The Lives They Lived.” I found it very moving and an inspirational/educational way to reflect on the past year. Each essay is written by a different author, artist, critic, whatever. I encourage you to visit the interactive feature online and explore the collection fully. It’s also a beautiful collection of photography and artistic representations.
You click on the names along with these images to read the corresponding essay. There are many more names in the article but these were a few of my favorites. Enjoy!
Above, photograph of Italian actress Silvano Mangano by Eve Arnold.
Dave Brubeck (paper illustration by Katrin Rodegast)
The Lives They Lived, The New York Times
The last of the holiday orders have shipped and we’re winding down the season here at Paperfinger. Feels good. Now for all those heartfelt gifts for our own friends and fam…
Dana Tanamachi is a lovely person and an extremely talented lettering artist. Her new prints ($60) are beautiful. Even more remarkable, through the end of 2012, 100% of the proceeds of this poster will go to Restore NYC, an organization providing long-term aftercare for women who are survivors of sex trafficking in New York City.
My favorite organization to support at Christmas time is Stockings With Care.
About Stockings with Care:
Stockings with Care works with families either living in homeless shelters or who are in jeopardy of becoming homeless and can not afford to celebrate their holiday. Social workers work with the parents to make their wish lists. These lists are passed on to Stockings with Care.
SWC makes sure that every child gets at least two things on their list and that each child has at least three gifts to open on Christmas morning by securing donations from people who sign up to be a Santa. Thousands of gifts are wrapped and delivered to the parents, empowering them to create magic for their kids.
Of course, lots of kids ask for what every kid wants – toys. But there are an equal number of requests for life’s essentials. Clothes. Books. Strollers, Diapers. One year, a child even asked for dog food so that they didn’t have to give up the family dog that they could no longer afford. SWC delivered a year’s supply of dog food.
And/or volunteer to help pack it all up the weekend of December 8th.
My sister sent this link over to me and I put it on my list of Things-I-do-truly-want-to-do-But-may-never-make-time-for-Yet-I-remain-just-as-enthusiastic.
Open Yale Courses is an online resource created by Yale University to offer complete undergraduate courses for free through their site. The screenshot above shows you some of the courses offered, most of which are introductory and cover a wide range of subjects.
So cool! The classes include video footage from each class lecture, reading assignments, discussion materials, exams, etc. With a hearty amount of self-discipline, you can brush up on Physics, Social Theory, Music, Philosophy, Poetry…the list goes on. The new book club?
Open Yale Courses is funded through a grant from the Open Educational Resources (OER) initiative of the Hewlett Foundation.
It’s hard to blog about anything but the situation at hand.
I volunteered in Staten Island this weekend and the situation there is quite grim. I was stunned. There is so much work to be done so if you have time, there are lots of ways to be useful. Oasis Church in Staten Island has volunteer assignments for any length of time every weekday, 9-5. Just show up and there is plenty of work to do! 539 Greeley Avenue.
(Image via The Big Picture)
As I write this, I am submitting small donations to the following two organizations.
There are many ways to contribute to the effort, but even just a small donation can really help.
Please join me and encourage your friends to donate too!
MASBIA – Their soup kitchen network is trying to feed 600 seniors who were just relocated to the Park Slope Armory (pictured above in preparation on Tuesday). The gov’t-issued ration packs are very high in sodium (a health issue for most of these people), not to mention squeezed from gel packs. Masbia is providing nutritious, low-sodium meals for all of the folks there. Just $6 pays for one meal.
AMERICAN RED CROSS – They are helping thousands of people. Since Saturday, the Red Cross has provided more than 23,000 overnight shelter stays. Over 2,300 Red Cross disaster workers have served more than 100,800 meals and they’ve activated nearly 200 emergency response vehicles going into communities to distribute food and water. $10 minimum donation online.
P.S. Watch this riveting time lapse video shot from the 51st floor of the NY Times building throughout the entire hurricane, starting on Sunday, ending Wednesday.
Most of my pals know I’m a podcast junkie. One of my all-time favorites is Radiolab, which many of you are probably familiar with. If not, you should definitely check it out. It’s on public radio stations across the country or available as a podcast through iTunes or streaming from the Radiolab site. It will provide you with an endless supply of some of the most fascinating information in the realm of science, philosophy, and human experience, while keeping your attention rapt the entire way through. It makes me happy, laugh, contemplate, shudder and zing. And then I go off and talk incessantly about it.
Here’s a recent episode that — oh how typical — blew my mind.
It’s been a whirlwind so far at Summit Basecamp, this year’s Summit Series conference, a meeting of the minds of some of the world’s greatest business people, philanthropists, innovators and creators.
Paperfinger is here as resident calligrapher — creating signage, artwork, custom badges as well as my favorite, a custom telegram service for sending a hand-calligraphed note to another attendee. The emphasis here is off-grid and all about personal connections so the telegram seemed like a great way to capture it.
I’m having a blast and meeting tons of great folks. Hope to have more to share when I’m back in Brooklyn next week.