“I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man.” — Zhuangzi
This week’s edition of News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere has playful paintings, reminiscing on lives in decline, portraits of female artists, dog spittle and the elaborate origin story of bananas.
Experimental art form or the discards of a ravenous forest animal? Not quite. Most pet owners will immediately recognize these disemboweled plush cadavers as the handiwork of a bored dog. Why is it always the eyes that have to go first? [Via Feature Shoot]
“All my life I knew I was loved and protected but it did not prepare me for life and what was ahead of me. The tragedies, the disappointments, the challenges and how to live with them were difficult.
“At 85, I think about life differently. I can look at my past life like watching an old silent film. I can’t change anything but I can remember and wonder and think about what if I was more prepared, stronger, wiser, more experienced. Then something inside of me says ‘forget it, try to enjoy the rest of your life.’
“That is what I am trying to do. I don’t want to waste precious days still ahead of me.”
— Regina Titus
New York Times columnist David Brooks recently reached out to readers over 70 to contribute to a new project: The Life Report. Encouraged to share their life stories, failures, wisdom, joys, and reflections that could only be garnered with time, this collection of narratives is eye-opening and deeply moving, as the excerpt above from 85-year-old Regina Titus attests. Read more at The New York Times.
[Photos of female artists via Smithsonian Institution.]
We at Etsy try to be mindful of where our food originates. One fruit bowl staple that continues to perplex ethical eaters is the banana. The complex systems put in place to harvest and transport this tropical mainstay has been the subject of many a documentary — such as this silent promotional short, produced in 1935, which “zooms in on the banana industry, from virgin jungle being converted into banana plantations to the fifteen-month growth cycle between root planting and banana bunch to the shipment of the fruit into the American markets.”
Today’s banana industry is no less complicated. In fact, the dizzying methods of shipment, ripening and refrigeration are studied in a long-form piece on Edible Geography. Check it out. [Via Brain Pickings]
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Alison is Editor in Chief of the Etsy Blog. When she's not trawling Etsy for pottery, folk art, and vintage oddities, she enjoys historical nonfiction and cat videos.