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Friday Spark: Dr. Seuss

Surreal man riding dolphin with umbrella

Photo by: Del Barfoot

I like nonsense. It wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.

–Dr. Seuss

I have to say, doctor, that I completly, head over heels agree. I love this quote so much! Fantasy and nonsense never seem to be so much a part of my life until someone asks what I'm thinking so hard about and I answer something like, "I was trying to imagine what it would be like if gravity pulled at us sideways," or "I was pretending to be [insert character name] and wanted to see what it would feel like to do this for the first time." You get the picture! It all seems very routine to me until I say what it is, and then realize that to whomever I'm speaking with, that seems cray-zay. Get your nonsense on today, yes? Give it a shot!

Teacups and writing desks,

Friday Spark: Albert Einstein on What Counts

Butterflies in the Rainforest Room at San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.

–Albert Einstein

I've been in a sort of paring-down mode for several months, and even now—even after taking bag after bag of things to Goodwill and even after my mother lovingly and concernedly asks me just what, exactly, I've been wearing since I seem to have given all of my clothes away—I still feel the need to simplify everything. You know that I've been decluttering my bookshelves, with much success and an overall feeling of intellectual freedom. So nice. That nagging need to get rid of things and streamline my life is hitting everything in sight, and I think it's for the better. It's much easier to focus on the things I love when I'm not distracted by things I'm ambivalent about or don't even really like! Tonight, I got rid of my Vine account. I had planned on using it to make fun, bookish videos to share and was excited to connect with everyone in a new way, but I realized that I would much, much rather spend my time writing to you, working on my other writing projects, or reading. So I zapped it. And this afternoon, instead of fiddling around on my phone (I deleted ore apps—hooray!), I spent a good hour reading El Juego del Ángel. And it was simple. And it was divine.

Happy weekending,

Friday Spark: George Bernard Shaw

Girl in black and white with hot pink umbrella

Photo by: Patty Maher

After all, the wrong road always leads somewhere.

– George Bernard Shaw

Happy weekending, you.

Friday Spark: Paul Harding

Keep It Lit walking a labyrinth at Land's End in San Francisco, California

Photo by: Ryan

My goodness, I am made from planets and wood, diamonds and orange peels, now and then, here and there; the iron in my blood was once the blade of a Roman plow.

–Paul Harding, Tinkers

Well, my goodness! Aren't you and I just wonderful?! YES. Yes, we are.


Friday Spark: Oscar Wilde

Moon over San Francisco, California
❤ Moon over San Francisco ❤

With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?

– Oscar Wilde

Happy Friday! We're on the cusp of weekend goodness, and I hope you've got something fantastic planned. In defiance of all the healthy New Year articles, I've had a major cupcake craving for the past few days. Lots of health people say that most cravings pass after 15 minutes, and since this one is hanging around, I think I'll just commit to baking some cupcakes this weekend. Now the only question is: Funfetti or cherry? (Or both?!) It might be time to hit the library for my first cupcake-cookbook. Are you in?!

Best weekend wishes,

Friday Spark: Diana Vreeland

Hot pink poetry notes and a paper airplane

Don’t look back. Just go ahead. Give ideas away. Under every idea there’s a new idea waiting to be born.

–Diana Vreeland

Yes and yes and yes! I don't know about you, but I'm liking this new year. It's got a good feel to it. Yes? Here's to a weekend full of exploring and projects. 


Friday Spark: Mother Teresa

Red paper star lantern

What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.

–Mother Teresa

I hope you're doing just that today!

Friday Spark: Jack London

flower lights

Don’t loaf and invite inspiration: light out after it with a club, and if you don’t get it you will nonetheless get something that looks remarkably like it.

–Jack London

Track that sucker down this weekend. Get it!


Friday Spark: Ezra Pound

A Confederacy of Dunces and Anna Karenina at San Francisco's Ritual Coffee Roasters
Books and coffee. Formula for intense life?

Properly, we should read for power. Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one’s hand.

–Ezra Pound

I've picked up three new books—all international authors—and will be devouring those this weekend. The weather's been cloudy and wet, and I'm looking forward to a cozy weekend of coffee, books, and relaxing! 

Happy weekending!