""I never change; I simply become more myself." —Joyce Carol Oates " Posted 1 year ago

Result of venturing, quite literally, off the beaten path. Very cool spot. (Taken with Instagram)

Perfect spot to read a good book (Taken with Instagram)

The Case for Urban Trees:
  • The net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to ten room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day.
  • If you plant a tree today on the west side of your home, in 5 years your energy bills should be 3 percent less. In 15 years the savings will be nearly 12 percent.
  • One acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen.
  • A number of studies have shown that real estate agents and home buyers assign between 10 and 23 percent of the value of a residence to the trees on the property.
  • Surgery patients who could see a grove of deciduous trees recuperated faster and required less pain-killing medicine than matched patients who viewed only brick walls.

(via theatlantic)

scribnerbooks:

In the 1920s, Ernest Hemingway’s colleagues bet him that he couldn’t write a complete story in just six words. His rebuttal?

For Sale: baby shoes, never worn.

They paid up. Hemingway is said to have considered it his best work.

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Posted 1 year ago

7 Interesting Things You Can Say to Change the Subject When Someone Starts Talking About the Olympics

theatlantic:

Them: “So-and-so won a bronze medals!”
You: “That’s fascinating. Did you know bronze is composed of roughly 88 percent copper and 12 percent tin? Its melting point is about 1742 degrees Fahrenheit.”

Them: “I wonder how London’s dealing with the Olympics.”
You: “That’s fascinating. More fascinating is how London dealt with World War II aerial bombardment. Working people basically forced their way into the tube stations during the Blitzkrieg, where they slept on the platforms.”

Read the rest.

Posted 1 year ago

Jackson Pollock

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favorite TV family ever

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This can’t be real; it’s way too cute

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