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I’m Tammy Strobel. Welcome to my digital home!

I’m an author, photographer, and cat lover.

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How to Appreciate Clouds (and More)


{This week: Cloud gazing, Maker Monthly, a low-overhead life, daily photography projects, and more.}

Hi all,

Below are 10 happy links that inspired, intrigued, and brought me joy this week. I hope you enjoy them, too!

1. The Amateur Cloud Society That (Sort Of) Rattled the Scientific Community was an in-depth and excellent article. I enjoyed learning about cloud classifications, why Gavin Pretor-Pinney decided to start The Cloud Appreciation Society, and how cloud gazing can enrich one’s life. The article reminded me that beauty is everywhere.

2. A few months ago, I signed up for Maker Monthly because I wanted to experiment with different types of paper, journals, and pens. Earlier this week, my first box arrived, and it was filled with lovely goodies (see the photo above)! Specifically, the April box included 2 Scout Books, 1 Copic Sketch Marker, 2 Prismacolor colored pencils, plus a small poster/calendar. In tribute to Earth Day, the folks at Maker Monthly included notebooks that were made from recycled paper and printed with vegetable oil-based inks. Plus, the Copic Sketch marker can be refilled with ink or refreshed with interchangeable nibs. I fill my journals quickly because all of my creative ideas begin with a pen and paper. Hopefully, Maker Monthly can keep my desk drawer stocked with paper goods. I’m looking forward to receiving my next box!

3. I enjoyed reading Opting Out of Coastal Madness to Live a Low-Overhead Life because it was an interesting perspective. Also, I appreciated how Trubek addressed her “personal reservations” of “downward mobility" and the issue of poverty in her community.

4. So good: “I generally have four or five books open around the house—I live alone; I can do this—and they are not books on the same subject. They don’t relate to each other in any particular way, and the ideas they present bounce off one another. And I like this effect. I also listen to audio-books, and I’ll go out for my morning walk with tapes from two very different audio-books, and let those ideas bounce off each other, simmer, reproduce in some odd way, so that I come up with ideas that I might not have come up with if I had simply stuck to one book until I was done with it and then gone and picked up another.” —Octavia Butler (via Austin Kleon)

5. I'm a huge fan of daily photography projects because they spark my creativity and curiosity. Mary Jo Hoffman’s project—STILL—is stunning! Also, check out her Instagram account for more beautiful images. {Thanks for sharing, Susannah.}

6. Are you interested in walking across the United States? If that sounds intriguing, check out EverWalk.

7. Great tips via Courtney: 10 Easy Ways to Simplify the Kitchen.

8. YES, YES, and YES: “Surrender does not mean giving up hope, but sometimes (usually) you just need to LET. GO. You just might find that when you walk away from the door you've been knocking on for weeks, months, years … it opens.” (via Amanda)

9. I loved reading Susannah’s thoughts about body image and acceptance. I wholeheartedly agree with her words.

10. These recipes look delicious: Whole 30 Summer Celebrations.

SimpLife: A Documentary

The Wander Society