Every month we share some of the things we’re currently obsessing over. Songs we can’t stop humming, a movie we’re still thinking about two weeks later, the best article we’ve read recently, a recipe to die for. The things that make us stop in our tracks and say “Yeah!”
|Take a Second Look at the Way You Think
Frank Mendelson was struck by a commentary in the New York Times called “Boxing Lessons.” He says the essay on the mind-body connection also serves as a well-written reminder to unearth his own preconceptions (okay, prejudices) and revisit, what the author describes as, “The unmindful attitude towards the body so prevalent in the West (that) blinkers us to profound truths that the skin, muscles and breath can deliver like a punch.”
|Showing Gratitude in the Prettiest Way
Allyson Murphy loves that November means a month of remembering that for which we are grateful. And she’s a big believer in the sending of hand-written thank you notes. So it’s no surprise she’s smitten with the gorgeous letterpress cards from Smock. To make the whole thing even sweeter, all of their paper is “sustainably printed on bamboo paper” in Syracuse, NY, a place close to her heart and home of her alma matter. Thank you Smock!
|Making Spirits Soar
Whether you've seen UP or not, you’re sure to enjoy UPular—a remix from the Austrian DJ Pogo using only clips and sounds from the beloved Pixar movie to create a brand new song. Elena Nazzaro, who’s married to someone well versed in music technology, finds this just amazing (and her kids like to dance to it too.)
|Earth-Friendly Products Make Us Smile
After a decade of composting, Dany Petraska was thrilled to discover this little invention that makes life simpler. She uses the counter-top type, stainless steel with a lid, compost bin. It works great, but there are times when it’s just annoying: fruit flies, the smell, her being grossed out. Now all she’ll need to do is make room in the freezer for this silicone Compost Freezer Storage Bin, which will let her collect food in her freezer, compost outside, and avoid making more trash with disposable plastic bags. And it’s available in four colors!
|Fighting the Good Fight for Missouri’s Pooches
The Humane Society of the United States has recently been very involved in the anti-puppy-mill movement that is sweeping Missouri. They've worked with local groups to rid the squalid conditions in which the animals languish. The MUTTS site—which PRI powers—has also been very involved in raising awareness. Nichole Chobin has always stood up for and sponsored HSUS causes, but this one has really touched her heart. She says, "I've donated and been avidly following the movement and trying to motivate other people locally here to take action or reach out to people in Missouri that can do even more ... Working for such an ethical and responsible entity such as PRI and Muttscomics.com makes the personal impact, for me, even more relevant." HSUS is currently posting a huge write-up based on MUTTS’ advocacy against the puppy mill industry. Like Nichole’s favorite t-shirt says, "Don’t shop, ADOPT!"