A part of me is every age

Whenever I see a picture like this, I think, Oh, hook me up, I would totally do that. Bounce around with complete abandon on a humongous inflatable Stonehenge? Yes, please.

I’m pretty sure this means I’ll be a kid at heart for the rest of my life.

The art installation Sacrilege by Jeremy Deller,
currently on display in Glasgow, Scotland. 

Sometimes I feel sort of abashed about my kiddishness, like I should be “mature” and “grown-up” and act my age. But what is my age supposed to feel like, exactly? I still feel like a kid sometimes, and frankly I don’t want to lose that sense of wonder and curiosity that comes with living in a world where everything seems new and awe-inspiring. I don’t want to be all jaded.

That’s why I like this Madeline L’Engle quote

“The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.”

… which, in turn, reminds me of this bit of Morrie Schwartz wisdom.

“The truth is, part of me is every age. I’m a 3-year-old, I’m a 5-year-old, I’m a 37-year-old, I’m a 50-year-old. I’ve been through all of them, and I know what it’s like. I delight in being a child when it’s appropriate to be a child. I delight in being a wise old man when it’s appropriate to be a wise old man. Think of all I can be! I am every age, up to my own.”

Which then dovetails neatly with another bit of L’Engle knowledge.

“If I can retain a child’s awareness and joy, and be 51, then I will really learn what it means to be grown-up.”

(via My Modern Metropolis)

Miloš is coming back to the Bay Area!

I just about gasped when I saw Cal Performances post a preview on its Facebook page yesterday afternoon that Miloš Karadaglić is scheduled to perform in February 2013 as part of the Koret Recital Series. So excited he’s heading back to the bay!

Check out the cover art for his new album, Latino, due out this summer. [Update: It looks like the new album has been renamed, to Pasión.]

Listening to Spanish guitar music just thrills me, so I can hardly wait to listen to Miloš’s new album. And hello being able to watch and listen to him perform live! That’ll be so awesome. His debut album, Mediterraneo, was one of the best-selling classical discs of 2011, according to Cal Perfs. It’s so exciting to witness a new star emerge on the scene. We will definitely be hearing more from this guy.

Here’s a clip of him playing “Asturias,” just to whet your appetite.

And listen to him in recital (below) at the Savannah Music Festival earlier this year, courtesy of NPR Music, which also hosted him in a Tiny Desk Concert in June 2011.

(top: Miloš Karadaglić Facebook page; bottom: NPR Music)

Update: Cover art for Pasión.

Egg Press sample sale

Super-stoked to see that Portland, Oregon–based Egg Press has kicked off its online sample sale! Each grab bag comes with 10 cards and envelopes from Egg Press samples and slightly imperfect seconds. (Hey, imperfection adds character, and I love letterpress.) And each grab bag is only $10! I already ordered two. You can make yours part of the effort to Save the U.S. Postal Service by Writing More Letters.

The online sample sale is slated to run through April 27, but my guess is supplies may run out before then. Can’t wait to see what ends up in my grab bags.

(via Egg Press)

This is just the kind of article I need! I barely know how to work my Instagram to full capacity, let alone other photography apps like SlowShutter. Realistically I’ll only ever have just my iPhone camera on me, so I love to see articles on how best to use it.

her new leaf

I am still obsessed with Instagram – are you? I think it’s a great way to capture small, every-day moments that you might otherwise forget. I love looking back over my photos and remembering when I took them! Here are a few tips for how to make your Instagrams shine.

Use your phone’s camera app to take your photo, then import into Instagram. The built-in camera app has way more capability than the Instagram camera, including zoom, focus, and exposure.

Bonus tip – ever had a photo turn out poorly because your subject was backlit and appeared too dark? On the iPhone, touch and hold your finger on your subject to lock the focus and exposure.

When you bring your photos in from the camera app, you will have the ability to zoom in on your subject – use it! Cut out anything unimportant in the background and showcase the…

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Going gray

I was about 16 years old when I got my first gray hair. I’d never even noticed it until I wore my hair up one day and my mom, happening to glance at me, stopped and exclaimed, “Ohmigosh, Trina, you have a gray hair!” So it happened early—high school.

At first I was a bit nonplussed, but I don’t think I’ve ever really minded. My face is so baby, and people have always thought I’m younger than I actually am, so I figured a few grays might lend some authority to my otherwise wide-eyed demeanor. (In theory, at least.) Plus this way I would never have to angst over getting my first gray.

Now I’ve always aspired to be one of those women who age gracefully, who earn their beauty, who wear their years with a radiance that can’t be bought in a tube or a compact. But I have to admit that for a while, I used to bust out the Nice ‘n Easy and color my hair at home. Eventually, though, I began to think, You know what? It is what it is—and I began to just let it grow out and be.

Following the custom that once a woman goes totally gray, she cuts her hair short, I used to think that when I went totally gray, I’d get my hair cut like this:

This piece-y ‘do is so flattering on Michelle Williams. I like the tousled look.

But then I saw this photo below in MORE magazine. Somehow it totally changed my perception of how to wear long gray hair, which heretofore I’d always pictured as kind of grizzled.

Hey, if this woman can rock shoulder-length gray hair, why can’t I? That’s pretty much how I wear my hair anyway! I like the layers and movement and (surprise) the piece-y look of it too.

In the meantime I’m reconciling myself to the reality of seeing more and more gray strands appear amid my natural black. I’m trying to convince myself that they’re sparkles.

(via InStyle and MORE)

Update: “How to Go Gray Naturally,”  from Huff/Post 50.

Someday I’d like to amble along England’s network of walking trails myself. The notion of walking from one end of the isle, from town to village and through rolling beautiful countryside, to the other end is enchanting.

The Dorset Rambler

No, I didn’t read a book as I walked ;)!  I did a long walk around Thomas Hardy country – although in reality the whole of Dorset is Hardy country because in many ways it was he who popularised Dorset through his writings, both poetry and prose.  A lot of people don’t realize that our Thomas was first and foremost a poet before he ever got into novels.  And if there is anyone reading this who hasn’t yet experienced a Thomas Hardy novel, I can recommend it – but don’t read it quickly as it will be very descriptive of Dorset and Dorset life.  I think my personal favourites are the book ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’, and the poem ‘The Darkling Thrush’!

Back to the walk!  It took in Hardy’s Cottage in Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester (or should I say Casterbridge!) – this is where he was born and where he…

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This generation’s break-up songs

In my teen years, the break-up song of choice was R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts.” Which, when you think about it, is really a wallow-in-your-misery kind of song, an in-the-middle-of-it kind of pain. But these days the break-up banner seems to be shared by two songs, which I’ll admit I like to belt out in the privacy of my car.

“Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye feat. Kimbra

“Someone Like You” by Adele

Judging from clips I saw of Gotye’s set at Coachella this past weekend, though, other peeps have no problem singing along in public—the refrain becomes an anthem. It’s pretty special when an artist can articulate unspoken emotions that people immediately identify with. I like, too, that both musicians sing it from the perspective that time affords. Plus I like that with Gotye and Kimbra you hear the other side of story, which you never really do in real life.