January Notes: The Internet as Art, Beatrice Alemagna, and DIY Notecards of Your Kid's Artwork

About this blog post: Each month, I send an email newsletter to friends on my list. Below is a condensed version of last month's letter.

I've been thinking a lot about tuning out. Just turning it off. Facebook. The news. Instead, focusing on what I can do: making stuff, being kind. Supporting people and businesses and ideas that matter. (I've cut myself off from the daily news cycle out of self-preservation and rely instead on a daily briefing email, as to not ostrich-out completely.) Organizing does not come naturally to me but this simple flow-chart makes sense to me and is something I think I can manage. March on, friends.

Here are some things I'm reading, thinking about, and working on this month:

What I'm Reading

Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art by Virginia Heffernan. Books for Living by Will Schwalbe. Commonwealth by Ann Patchett. The Year in Reading from the New York Times Book Review. The analog weekend edition of The New York Times (I'm finally an adult, guys. It's official.) What to Know Before You Submit: 28 Great Tips from Literary Agents from the Writer's Digest. Austin Kleon's notes on Black Mountain College's Catalog (lots of good stuff in here on unschooling). Jessa Crispin's occasional newsletters.

What We're Reading

The Wonderful Fluffy Little Squishy and A Lion in Paris, both by Beatrice Alemagna (these books are truly works of art). James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. The Fancy Nancy box-set by Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser. Ladybug, the magazine for young children. We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen. Bruno Munari's ZooThe Water Princess by Georgie Badiel & Susan Verde.

What I Wrote

Must-Visit Spaces for Creative Business Inspiration for Dear Handmade Life. DIY Notecard Sets of your Child's Artwork for Dear Handmade Life. Notes on Art Workshops for Children by Herve TulletThe Podcasts I'm Really Into Right Now. I outlined my intentions for 2017 and reorganized the compendium a bit.

What I Heard + Saw

Simply Happy on the TED podcast. The Crown (still watching, still a delicious escape). Twentieth Century Women (Annette Benning is quietly spectacular, as is the clever use of books, text and archival footage).