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N.80 / The secret to life.

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N.80 / The secret to life.

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Welcome to newsletter N.80,

We’re all looking for answers.

To the big questions and sometimes the not so big questions.

Seeking stewardship for those we know and those we would like to know.

Pillaring ourselves with recommended texts, purchasing courses and paying top dollar to see people in person.

Yet, all of this

Nobody can profess to know the truth, and only a snake oil salesman would profess to know your truth.

You can ask, you can follow, you can even emulate the daily habits of those heroes down the line.

Yet, ultimately you will have to live your own way.

You have to commit to the process, to take ownership of your path and trust your own innate genius (otherwise known as your gut)

No one has this journey figured out… (queue deep breath).

The secret is knowing this and being okay with it.

Relish in the not-knowing and uncertainty.

Okay that's it for now. I mean, there is probably more (that I'll remember tomorrow) – Sammy.


Travel Remotely

Explore cities and their radio stations

This delightful side project lets you pick a city, a method of transport (walk, car, train), a time of the day and a radio station, and then virtually invites you to explore that place. Internet at its best.

Travel Remotely
Travel Remotely - Travel from home

One Art

A beautifully crafted multi-media dissection.

It’s packed with rich insights into the poem and poetry of Elizabeth Bishop. What I found most fascinating, and actually quite moving, is seeing the poem in early drafts - how loose and unformed it is; how touchingly, well, rubbish it is - and then how she starts to gather it up and turn and shape it until it becomes the finished object, tight as a drum.

19 Lines That Turn Anguish Into Art
Elizabeth Bishop was a master at containing and concealing emotion, but her extraordinary poem “One Art” is a moving testament to loss.

Dark Fish

There's more to the oceans that meets our eye.

Sometimes you run across an aspect of reality and it just completely blows your mind. You’ve heard of dark matter, right? Well, meet dark fish: biologists suspect that up to 95% of the world’s total fish population lives in a deep layer of the ocean that is difficult to detect and we know little about.

Ninety-five per cent of world’s fish hide in mesopelagic zone
An international team of marine biologists has found mesopelagic fish in the earth’s oceans constitute 10 to 30 times more biomass than previously thought.


The farthest you can travel is to come back to the place you already are and see that place with new eyes.
– T.S. Elliot.

Thanks for your time, energy and presence in making it all the way to the bottom.

Spelling mistakes, glaring omissions, furious rants or grudging tips of the hat, I welcome it all.

Upwards, Inwards & Onwards

<3 Sammy
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