Emptying my pockets.

I’ve collected a lot of inspiring bits and bobs recently  so I’m gonna share them all with you in one fell swoop.

 

I had a great time in Berlin, hanging out with Koosje, with Felix, and making new pals at the Beyond Tellerrand conference. One of my favorite things about the conference was the onstage DJ who sampled my words and then spun them into a new dance track. Crazy!

The onstage DJ at the Beyond Tellerrand conference.
The onstage DJ at the Beyond Tellerrand conference.

Conference attendees shared their sketchnotes on Twitter.
Conference attendees shared their sketchnotes on Twitter.

German friends said this lettering style was pretty much verboten these days as it evokes the old N*zi days.
German friends said this lettering style was pretty much verboten these days as it evokes the old N*zi days.

I came, I ate, I swam.
I came, I ate, I swam.

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This bombed out church in the center of Berlin is a powerful peace monument.

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The Brandenburg Gate oozes with historical significance.

With Felix Scheinberger, Koosje Koene
With Felix Scheinberger, Koosje Koene
Koosje and I had a private tour of Sammlung Boros, the most amazing contemporary museum in an old Nazi bunker in Berlin.  Try to see it if you are in Berlin, but book well ahead of time.

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I got new wallpaper behind my desk. It is macabre and I love it. Even if you don’t.wallpaper

We went to Phoenix to celebrate the first wedding of the new generation.

My nephew, James and his bride, Melanie.
My nephew, James and his bride, Melanie.

Jack came to the wedding, the first time we've seen him since the LA migration.
Jack came to the wedding, the first time we’ve seen him since the LA migration.

My bro-in-law Lenny made it to the wedding, after a horrible summer in the hospital.
My bro-in-law Lenny made it to the wedding, after a horrible summer in the hospital.
While we were in Phoenix, we spent two consecutive nights watching the Supermoon rise.  It was amazing and unphotographable.

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Our family waiting for the Supermoon to rise on Margie’s front lawn.
Saw this on my street.  Check out both sides.

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I found this in a used bookstore.img_8876

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I love Javier’s journals. Check ’em out.

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Listening to Badly Drawn Boy after a long hiatus.  He’s always been one of my favorites but he made me too sad after Patti left. (That was the case with a lot of my other favorites too. Time to reclaim them as well.) Three years ago, he played a block form my house so I had to go. He got drunk, belligerent and stormed off stage.  I thought it was the end. But it turns out he was in the middle of a divorce and felt a million mile from home. Now it seems he’s coming back. I’m ready.

Found a new band to listen to: .

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Mac Sabbath. Raw and hilarious.
Got this when I was listening to the Philosophy Bites podcast.

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