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  1. Oct 1

    Ask UfYH: Where to Start When You Can’t Get to Everything



    Ask UfYH: Where to Start When You Can’t Get to Everything


    Q: Hi! When a person’s entire home is trashed, cluttered, disorganized, and dirty (two floors, three bedrooms, two and a half baths, for example) and they live alone with chronic illness and most likely won’t receive any assistance in cleaning, where/which room, in your expert opinion, is the most important place for them to start? Thank you for your answer and guidance.

    A: Start with where you…

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    This week’s Ask UfYH!

  2. Oct 1

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  4. Oct 1

    When Alighieri Met Marley



    I’d just finished making much ado about the digital points of entry into Dante when I was brought back to the oldest and most reliable technology that exists for encountering the poet: a poem – a poem “after Dante,” a “version” or “imitation” of a piece of the Divine Comedy.

    My guide in this was Rowan Ricardo Phillips.  Rowan joined Dinaw Mengestu and Georgetown’s Lannan Fellows for a reading at Copley Hall on campus last night, preceded by a conversation at the Lannan Center, which I moderated.  To prepare, I turned again to Phillips’ remarkable first book, The Ground, and read his “version” of a passage from the Purgatorio as if for the first time.  It begins this way:

                                      He was gone.  Like a leap

    Of flame that, after having burst from the sun,

    Is dragged back into the sun as though nothing

    Leaving only the seen surface of the sun.

    Rowan began his reading by reading – speaking – his piece of the Purgatorio.  But not before explaining that it takes place near the top of Mount Purgatory, where Dante meets a Provençal troubadour (his name was Arnaut Daniel) whose songs in dialect were at once earthy and profound.

    In the poem, Rowan makes this singer a singer from our own time, whose  voice he rendered perfectly in his own voice for the Copley audience:

    And slowly a bright starfield fell to the sea,

    Fell about the one my guide had pointed out.

    And he said, Rastaman.  Higher man. Angel

    Seven sealed … No.  But I smell some of the smoke

    Of Babylon on I.  Come closer.  Closer.

    So I-man ave some ital veneration.

    I am Bob, who weep and strum and gather and

    Love all tings lickle and small.  Jah left I lung

    And guitar to sing to everyone.  All dem!

    It’s through poetry like this that the doors of perception are opened.

  5. Oct 1


my cure for creative block: new versions of old work


    my cure for creative block: new versions of old work

  6. Oct 1


    5-Year-Old With Autism Paints Stunning Masterpieces 

    Autism is a poorly-understood neurological disorder that can impair an individual’s ability to engage in various social interactions. But little 5-year-old Iris Grace in the UK is an excellent example of the unexpected gifts that autism can also grant – her exceptional focus and attention to detail have helped her create incredibly beautiful paintings that many of her fans (and buyers) have likened to Monet’s works.

    Little Iris is slowly learning to speak, whereas most children have already begun to speak at least a few words by age 2. Along with speech therapy, her parents gradually introduced her to painting, which is when they discovered her amazing talent.

    “We have been encouraging Iris to paint to help with speech therapy, joint attention and turn taking,” her mother, Arabella Carter-Johnson, explains on her website. “Then we realised that she is actually really talented and has an incredible concentration span of around 2 hours each time she paints. Her autism has created a style of painting which I have never seen in a child of her age, she has an understanding of colours and how they interact with each other.”

    Much better version of the same subject matter I posted earlier.

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  7. Oct 1

    Switzerland’s Proposal to Pay People for Being Alive

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  8. Oct 1

    Why we should give free money to everyone

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  9. Oct 1


    It’s a cute little thing though.

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  10. Oct 1



😂😂😂 #pancakes #sheldon #funny #window #hilarious #turtle #tortoise #9gag @9gag

This is how I eat pancakes too! 



    😂😂😂 #pancakes #sheldon #funny #window #hilarious #turtle #tortoise #9gag @9gag

    This is how I eat pancakes too! 

  11. Oct 1



    Doing a movie is like eating five hundred canapés at a cocktail party—you’re never really full.”

    An interview with Walter Matthau from 1974.

    (via trailerparkofmydreams)

  12. Oct 1


This has to be one of the cutest things ever


    This has to be one of the cutest things ever

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  13. Oct 1




    what an ass

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  14. Oct 1


    new hat

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  15. Oct 1


'The Young Jedi Master' by Marco Teixeira


    'The Young Jedi Master' by Marco Teixeira