Mighty Life List
Dec 12 2015

Stocking Stuffers for Adults

Stocking stuffers for grownups! Different than adult stocking stuffers, that is not what I mean. Don’t make the family watch you unwrap those.

INSTAXornament

Instax 2015 Frame Ornament, $8
An ornament built Instax mini film, so you can just slide the photo right in.

beerletterpress

Beer Glass Letterpress Cards, $16
Birthday card, congratulations card, sympathy card? Bases covered.

brassphotoholder

Brass Geo-Stand Photo Holder, $22
Instant photo frame.

colormegood

Color Me Good Coloring Book, $13
It’s silly, but the illustrations are really lovely. Soothing to color.

stainlessharpie

Stainless Steel Sharpie, $9
The sharpie that says you’re going places.

Dec 11 2015

Christmas Ornaments Roundup, 2015!

I sprained both my ankles, so I’ve been avoiding the Internet due to Vicodin. But I have been doing a lot of online shopping, guys. If you need stuff, I have seen allll of it in the last week, so let’s talk about that.

First, I use ornaments to commemorate fun stuff that happened the previous year. Some cute ones:

balloondog

Balloon Dog Ornament, $6

pizzaornament

Pizza Ornament, $5

raygunornament

Ray Gun Ornament, $25

owlglassesornament

Owl with Glasses Ornament, $5

giraffeornament

Giraffe Gentleman Ornament, $8

See also, Taco Truck $6, burrito christmas ornament $6, pink elephant christmas ornament $5, and tiny piñata ornament $5. Go forth and deck the halls.

Dec 4 2015

Evany is Writing Again

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Evany is one of my favorite people, and she’s posting something new to read every day this month. There will be some good reading in there, and my favorite so far is her advice letter to her son Desi:

5. Don’t rape people. This one may seem obvious, but it’s become increasingly apparent that for some reason, it totally isn’t. But the directions are pretty easy to follow on this one: No matter what someone’s wearing or not wearing, even if you’re both naked, even if you’ve already started, it’s still never too late to stop. If the other person says “no” or “stop” or “uh-uh,” then you just…stop. That’s all.

Dec 3 2015

Artistic Books for Kids

My friend Laura has a son a little younger than Hank and a gift for choosing children’s books with sweet messages and lovely illustrations. So with this new baby in the mix, I asked for her list of books for our home library. Every one I’ve bought has been amazing, so I asked her to share her list with you here. Thanks, Laura!

I’ve been meaning to put this list together for way too long. Here is the abridged version. I left out the more obvious choices – like Richard Scarry, Dr. Seuss, and all the mythology/fairy tale books. Those are all necessary and lovely, but those just show up.

I think I have a kid’s book addiction, I love them so much.

Must
Pemba Sherpa by Olga Cossi, Gary Bernard
Shadow by Suzy Lee
Who Will Comfort Toffle?: A Tale of Moomin Valley by Tove Jansson
In the Night Kitchen (Caldecott Collection) by Maurice Sendak
Flotsam (Caldecott Medal Book) by David Wiesner
The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes by Dubose Heyward
In the Town All Year ‘Round by Rotraut Susanne Berner
A Giraffe and a Half by Shel Silverstein
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

Littles
Little Pea, Little Hoot, Little Oink by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
My Friends by Taro Gomi
Gossie by Olivier Dunrea
Alphablock by Christopher Franceschelli
Hippopposites by Janik Coat
Wave by Suzy Lee
Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees

Toddler
Adèle & Simon by Barbara McClintock
A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na (Author)
Otis by Loren Long (Author, Illustrator)
You Are Stardust by Elin Kelsey (Author), Soyeon Kim (Illustrator)
A Balloon for Blunderbuss by Alistair Reid (Author), Bob Gill (Illustrator)
The Girl Who Loved the Wind by Jane Yolen (Author), Ed Young (Illustrator)
The Water Dragon: A Chinese Legend – English and Chinese bilingual text by Li Jian
Animus by Seonna Hong and Shenne Hahn
Around the World with Mouk by Marc Boutavant
Ballad by Blexbolex
Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner
Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
I Know a Lot of Things by Ann Rand (Author), Paul Rand (Author, Illustrator)
House Held Up by Trees by Ted Kooser (Author), Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
The Funny Little Woman by Arlene Mosel (Author), Blair Lent (Author)
The Poems and Drawings of Shel Silverstein Box Set
The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney

Bigs
The Red Balloon by Albert Lamorisse
The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman (Author), Bagram Ibatoulline (Illustrator)
Drawing from the City by Teju Behan
Ramayana: Divine Loophole by Sanjay Patel
A Street Through Time by Anne Millard and Steve Noon
Chi’s Sweet Home (11 Book Series) by Konami Kanata

Thanks again, Laura!

Dec 2 2015

Editor? Architect?

Do you think she knows she left these in her hair?

Dec 2 2015

Mr. Robot

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Have you seen Mr. Robot? It’s Fight Club meets The Matrix, and it’s so well written and acted. If you haven’t seen it, check it out.

Dec 1 2015

Give it Up: Ten Charities that Need Your Cash

Remember this piece I wrote for The Morning News on cool organizations that need your money? They still do.

You are a good person. You feel bad when other people are sad; you try not to laugh when someone trips; you’re fond of puppies.

Now, maybe you’re not rolling in cash. Most of us have some debt, and we’re all trying to build our savings. But you’ve got 10 bucks to spare, and there’s some disturbing shit going down in the world. Perhaps you’ve heard.

The surprisingly good people—the ones who are feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, and pulling small children out of harm’s way—they could probably use that 10 bucks more constructively than we could. Give it up, and bask in the warm glow of self-satisfaction.

Read the rest at Virtue: Ten Bucks? Ten Charities.