scribbles: Vol. 2 – October 23rd, 2020

Good morning and happy Friday, everyone. I hope each of you have had a great week and if you haven’t, that is okay too. This week I have been finding so much peace in the smell of fall and the rain it is bringing. I came home the other day and my wife had surprised me with a homemade apple crisp and the smell of it about knocked me on the floor when I opened the front door. Fall brings me some of my most cherished memories and I look forward to the rest of this season. On to my shares:

Watch 🎞

  • I want to say it was about a year ago that I stumbled across this YouTube channel by, Kraig Adams. He is undoubtedly my favorite YouTuber, as they say. His videos show him hiking all over the world (mostly alone) and his footage is played alongside some very peaceful and relaxing music. Tara can attest that I have his videos on repeat throughout the week. The last half of his videos are when he explains the routes he took and his thoughts on the trail, which is quite insightful. If you are looking for some peaceful videos to watch I cannot recommend these enough.

Read 📚

  • There are a few things that are almost always on my mind and language is one of them. I am fascinated by how it evolves and humankind’s ability to create sounds with our mouths that eventually evoke different feelings or thoughts in our bodies. Rant on language aside, I wanted to share this incredible new tool I discovered that will appeal to people who enjoy time machines and language (sign me up!). It was created by Merriam-Webster and after you select a year with the dropdown menu it will show you all the words that were used for the first time in that year, dating back to the 12th century. It is an incredibly fun tool and here are some words from 100 years ago: B Vitamin, guacamole, cola, IQ, T-shirt, supersonics, and undercover.

Again, for my American friends, please don’t forget to vote. If you need someone to help keep you accountable, I will kindly do so.

Happiness is not a goal, it is a by-product. Paradoxically, the one sure way not to be happy is deliberately to map out a way of life in which one would please oneself completely and exclusively. For what keeps our interest in life and makes us look forward to tomorrow is giving pleasure to other people.” — Eleanor Roosevelt