If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire….

“If you are a dreamer, come in.
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer . . .
If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire,
For we have some flax golden tales to spin.
Come in!
Come in!”
— Shel Silverstein, Invitation

Did anyone else know about Shel Silverstein’s start as a cartoonist with Playboy?

I didn’t, and I find it strangely fascinating.

Playboy not only launched Shel Silverstein’s career, but he also probably had a hand in helping to launch theirs. Read more.

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You’re doing your own thing. It’s singular.

“You’re doing your own thing. It’s singular….And that is such a special quality, and all of us possess that ability, but you have to be willing to seek, and you have to be willing to be real frank in your music, and frank in your choices.” — Pharrell Williams, 2016

I came across this video today.

It’s a snippet from a master class that Pharrell Williams taught at NYU two years ago.

In it, he’s listening to an original song by (then student) Maggie Rogers, Alaska.

It comes as no surprise that this video went viral. The song is gorgeous, and Pharrell Williams’ feedback is amazing. Read more.

I am the sea and nobody owns me.

“I am the sea and nobody owns me.”
— Astrid Lindgren, Pippi Longstocking

Pippi Longstocking was written by Astrid Lindgren on request from her daughter.

Astrid herself was not one to be tied down.

She had her children, and eventually a husband, but none of that stopped her from living a full life and doing what she loved most. Read more.

Be curious.

“Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.”

-Stephen Hawking (2018)

What would the world be like if you did not have the ability to question what you see? How is it possible to even view the world without questioning everything? Would living in a world where everything is just as it should be, no questioning necessary, make it an easier place to be?

Today is Stephen Hawking’s birthday, and I found this quote of his particularly inspiring and useful. Read more.