Hi everyone,

I’m doing something a bit different this week. For the last three months I’ve been uploading an inspirational quote wallpaper with an original photograph and typography every Sunday as a way to share some good wisdom.

I’ve decided to move this feature to Wednesday instead, where it will be known as Wednesday Wisdom! Alliteration is always fun. For Sundays, I’ll be doing a new feature called Sunday Sundries. This is a place where I can recommend miscellany I’ve come across on the internets that are worth sharing around.

Δ This amazing Ted Talk about never giving up by Diana Nyad, the record-setting, long-distance swimmer who finally met her goal of swimming from Cuba to Florida at age 64. (also, can we all appreciate how her name is a homophone to Naiad – how perfect is that?)

Δ Why Does Rain Smell So Good? Discovery News teaches you all about petrichor, geosmin, and why we love the smell after rain (mmmmm, one of my favourites).

Δ Happy was my favourite documentary of 2014. It researches the cultural differences in happiness, happiness around the world, the dangers of getting caught in the hedonic treadmill, and is a really great watch for people are any point in their lives. It’s available to watch on Canadian Netflix and is only 1 hour and 15 minutes long. It’s worth the time commitment.

Δ The Boy Whose Brain Could Unlock Autism: a great piece about a genius neuroscientist father intent on unlocking the secrets of his autistic son’s brain.

Δ Watch how Japanese food samples are made.  

Δ I was a bit late to the party, but “Shia LaBeouf” Live by Rob Cantor gives me such a laugh.

Δ I just got signed up with Skillshare and it’s awesome. Even if you don’t have a paid account, there are tons of free and super useful videos about how to do stuff.

Δ This TorStar article where scientists warn We Have Pushed the Earth Beyond 4/9 Planetary Boundaries

Δ Steve McCurry is one of the all time great photographers. He has some great words of wisdom for photographers. 

Δ Duolingo! This is by far the best language learning tool I have ever come across, save living in a foreign country itself. It’s 100% free, and extremely fun and satisfying. 

It’s been a pretty exciting month for this blog – I’ve seen more new visitors and regular subscribers than ever before. Thank you so much for reading! And welcome.  This is a lot of fun for me, and I’m going to keep working on projects both online and off to make this space the best little slice of the internet this side of the url bar.

I look forward to sharing more photography work, travel and tea with you all. :- )

Best,

Mel 

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