Spooning

The word spooning, used  in either of its two meanings (conveying food to one’s mouth via a spoon, or cuddling close with someone), implies a kind of physical intimacy. Norwegian designer Stian Korntved Ruud offers a third meaning for spooning with his art project of carving a new spoon every day from a different kind…

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Least Favorite Things

It’s been a cool summer here in eastern France, and the last week in particular has been autumnal. This might explain why I’m finding very large spiders in the house – they usually seek refuge  once September is fully underway. Given the temperatures, I can understand why they’re confused. It doesn’t mean I’m happy to…

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Road Works

We’re back from our trip to Vietnam, and I’ll be posting a few pieces from that visit. For starters, I thought I’d put up this photo of the largest, cleanest, newest road I encountered in Vietnam (or almost anywhere else, for that matter). Three lanes in each direction, lined with broad sidewalks and trees, with…

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String Theory

These pieces of urban lace art by NeSpoon, a Polish artist, have been called urban art, a twist on graffiti, a commentary made in crocheted granny lace. They look like doilies, lacy spider webs creating unexpected connections between pipes, walls, concrete, streets, twigs, leaves. For me, these surprising string concoctions are a visualisation of the…

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Washed Up

Warmer water temperatures, reduced ability to fight illness, pathogens passed on from shellfish – it’s not quite clear which of these, or maybe which combination is raging through the sea star populations of the United States West Coast. But the fact is that millions of sea stars from Alaska to Mexico are wasting away, suddenly…

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Simple, Slow, Good

We harvested the last of the mirabelles today under heavy skies and to the sound of rolling thunder, the first raindrops already falling as we packed away the ladder and hurried inside with the last couple of kilos of yellow plums. There’s something so simple and satisfying about making old-fashioned jams and cordials, a word…

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