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Three Things Right Now

Abandoned1Last time, I said I wouldn’t try to get all thematic with these “Three Things Right Now” posts, but this time I really can’t help that they’re all about travel.

Mike’s Funky Expedition
My friend Mike G. scored one of the limited All-You-Can-Jet passes from Jet Blue airlines. For $599, pass holders can travel as much as they want (wherever Jet Blue flies) between September 8 and October 8. Mike is hitting Portland, Maine; Buffalo and New York City, New York; Washington, DC; New Orleans, Louisiana; Boston, Massachusetts; Costa Rica, and Jamaica. To keep things cheap, he arranged some free lodging with friends of friends via Facebook before departing and spends some nights in a tent on side of the road. He’s meeting the locals, exploring the terrain, and having quite the funky expedition. He blogs about it here.

Afar magazine
Another friend and former coworker, Jeremy Saum, is the managing editor of the new experiential travel magazine, Afar.  Its mission is to go beyond the typical tourist experience of a destination and really dive into the local culture, customs, and people.  You can get a copy of the premiere issue for free here.  Some highlights include a photo collage of footwear from around the world, a Wired-esque infographic about chocolate consumption by country, an interview with an Oakland web programmer who takes working on the road to a whole new level, a reporter’s spontaneous journey to Caracas, Venezuela (mystery travel assignments will be a regular feature), a language lesson, and a look at treehouse lodging in Laos.  I wasn’t too jazzed about the biggest story, on maid cafes in Japan.  I’ve read so much about that in the past couple years—kinda stale.  And, unfortunately, there is no online version of the mag, preventing me from emailing links to articles of interest.  But, overall, it’s an exciting addition to the journalism scene, and I highly recommend you check it out.

100 Abandoned Houses
This has been widely circulated on the web, but in case you have not seen Kevin Bauman’s hauntingly beautiful portraits of abandoned homes in Detroit, you’ll want to check them out here. It’s amazing how much this reminds me of New Orleans (I spent a week there rebuilding houses).  The plants have taken over.


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MelodyCardOne reason I love Twitter is that I can share finds and links quickly, without having to type out a whole blog entry.  You know, that whole “micro-blogging” thing.  Well, I’m going to introduce a little of that here.  There are simply too many incredible crafts and stories out there, and I want to share them with you before they get stale.  So, welcome to the weekly installment of Three Things Right Now.  I was actually considering labeling each with “art,” “faith,” and “love” categories—haha—but I’ve come to my senses and realize that would be waaaaaay to gimmicky.  So, from any category under the sun, here are three things I’m totally into right now:

  • My friend Melody makes the most lovely cards. She layers stamping with prints and photographs, and then embellishes with ribbon, charms, and all sorts of pretty things.  She gave me this card for my 30th birthday, and incorporated the beaded flowers I gave her recently (Target’s scrapbooking aisle, FTW!).  I’ve been bugging Melody about starting an Etsy shop and selling themed cards, perhaps in packs of 5 or so.  Who doesn’t love handmade goodness arriving in the mail?
  • One of my top ten favorite musicians, Imogen Heap, released her third (solo) album yesterday.  I had the release date on my calendar for months, but the always-eager-to-share-music Immi gave fans a sneak peek with a web player that I’ve been listening to nonstop for the past week.  Check it out here.  What I love most about her work is its “collage” quality, and that is only further perfected with Ellipse. The music is based is in electronica, sure, but there’s piano, violin, guitar, synth beats, and world music all wrapped up in this smooth, haunting sound that’s uniquely hers.  Ah, love.  Download it.  Now.
  • Lastly, writer Susan Orlean tweeted a link to this essay, “Lost Cat,” by Mary Gaitskill. I am unfamiliar with her work, and after reading her bio on Wikipedia, I’m not sure her fiction would be my cup of tea.  But this memoir piece is so moving.  She uses the emotional search for her missing cat as a metaphor for loss in general, looking back on the difficult relationship with her father, who died painfully of cancer, and that of two children she befriended through an organization that brings inner city kids to live with families in the country.  I am in awe at how she describes people—with such insight and without judgement.

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