Inspiration

Fun Palaces is an inspirational concept and the work that the team have done behind the scenes is fantastic and makes such a difference to so many communities.
Stella Duffy, one of the people behind it is inspirational in her own right in the way she pushes, supports and promotes others as well as the concept of people first, community first, and ‘everyone can do it!’

This was an interesting chat about writer’s privilege

A potter is one of the few people left who uses his natural faculties of heart, head and hand in balance – the whole man. His is a way of life. Good pots require the ardor of vocation and the devotion of a lifetime.

Bernard Leach, Belief and Hope 1951

If you want a golden rule that will fit everybody, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.

“The Beauty of Life,” a lecture before the Birmingham Society of Arts and School of Design (19 February 1880), later published in Hopes and Fears for Art: Five Lectures Delivered in Birmingham, London, and Nottingham, 1878 – 1881 (1882).
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William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow.

William Morris also gave the first address to the Kyrle Society, the pre-cursor to the National Trust and the Civic Trust.

On Children
Kahlil Gibran

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.

Lovely photos of a great childhood Grown up now, but these photos are of a French girl called Tippi who spent her first ten years in Africa “on safari” as her parents were photographers.

This woman is amazing; I have long admired her work, and some days I need to hear “And Still I Rise”, and I would always recommend picking up any of her books and just picking a page, they’re all inspiring.