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N.81 / We learn when we are lost.

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Welcome to newsletter N.81,

Being lost can be many things, perplexing, anxious, harrowing.

Yet, it cannot be comforting.

Since, being lost is a new sensation.

Being new means it cannot be familiar.

If it cannot be familiar, it cannot be comforting.

Yet, once we are found.

We give ourselves space to comprehend and to grasp at what we were doing.

The assumptions start to creep in.

That alertness we once had fades into the background.

We have for all intents and purposes stopped learning.

What we have done, is started to remember.

What it was like to learn. - Sammy


Meditative Sheep Herding

A better way to count sheep.

If you’re looking for some extremely soothing arial footage, then please view this video from Drone photographer Lior Patel who spent the last several months capturing the movements of a flock of sheep in Israel as they move from their winter to summer pastures.

I am very happy to say that there is a lot more drone photography to check out on his site.

The Alt Tour

A self supported Tour De France

Professional road racing cyclist Lachlan Morton is attempting to complete the Tour de France this year. However, he's doing this entirely on his own, without teammates, support vehicles, and transportation from the previous day’s finish to the next day’s start. That means he’ll be riding an extra 1500 miles, climbing an additional 50,000 feet in elevation, shopping for his own meals, and still trying to beat the peloton to Paris. You can follow his progress on Rapha’s site and check out updates in this Instagram Story.

Plant Guides

Care guide for your plant babies

This excellent resource on how to take care of the most popular indoor plants made the rounds on social media a while back. It’s so well done, it’s worth giving it another plug here.

Plant Guides
Comprehensive guides for all your favorite houseplants - covering the basics of watering and lighting needs, more advanced topics like how to propagate, and diagnosing common problems.

Save the world.

This was a fun little way to get attention.

Sometimes less is indeed more in telling a story, particularly when seeking donations.

Click here to save the world
There’s nothing to see here. Really, just go somewhere else. I’m actually super tired right now.


A failure is like fertiliser; it stinks to be sure, but it makes things grow faster in the future.
– Denis Waitley

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<3 Sammy
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