Reasons to be Cheerful

Timely nuggets of information and ideas we want to share with you.

Spotify has a decade-end wrap up of the past decade’s best artists, music and podcasts.  Who could resist?

Traveling to somewhere unusual or new to you?  If you want to be able to identify the flowers, plants, animals and bugs immediately, use the free iOS app called Seek. Point your phone at the object in question and this app will tell you the species 95% of the time.  If it is unable to find a precise identification, it can usually give you the family.  It will even identify fungi for you.

After seeing American Utopia with and by David Byrne on Broadway last week, I have developed a major crush on him.  I just learned that he has a foundation called Arbutus Foundation, and it sponsors an editorial project called Reasons to be Cheerful.  It tells stories with reasons to be cheerful, causes for hope and solutions to some of the world’s problems.  In their words “We are part magazine, part therapy session, part blueprint for a better world”.

Attention all Charlie Brown fans!  In The Peanuts Papers:  Writers and Cartoonists on Charlie Brown, Snoopy & the Gang, and the Meaning of Life, thirty-three writers and artists examine Schulz’s seemingly simple comic strip and its enormous impact.  It is published by the Library of America, and is $18.95.


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