The Hughsletter #106

Good Morning!

The weather here has been beautiful of late – still humid, because we are in the South, but nice and clear, with temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s. Yesterday I took advantage of the nice weather and my recent mental clarity (after the anti-depressants started working) to get out in the garden and work.

The pollinator garden was a mess – weeds all in it, and things had fallen onto other things – but the amazing things was that it was also working: It was positively alive with bees and butterflies crawling all over everything. Hummingbirds were doing their thing. It was amazingly beautiful, if unkempt.

It reminded me of William Morris’ dictum that you should not own things you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful. I was upset the pollinator bed was not more beautiful, but the bees were glad it was useful.

Here are five things I thought were beautiful

This video of white giraffes in Kenya has been making the rounds, but I will share it anyway, because a thing can be beautiful to you no matter how many other people have seen it.

Monovisions has announced their 2017 Black and White award winners.

I don’t have any tattoos, but these large scale nature tattoos are amazing. The level of detail is incredible.

I feel like I may have shared this before – I found it in a set of links I had archived back in the spring – but you can look at beautiful things more than once. It is a collection of some of the works of Camille Claudel. Her work was obviously influenced by her contemporary August Rodin, who I adore. (Fun Fact: The North Carolina Museum of Art has the largest collection of Rodin west of Philadelphia. I can, and have, spend hours there.)

I struggle with manipulated images. Intellectually, I know that creating beautiful images that are not what the eye actually saw is no different than impressionist paintings, but it still chafes, somehow. In any event, these composite images of Iceland and Finland’s nighttime sky are simply beautiful.


I can always tell how healthy I am, mentally, by how much I read. To read, for my ADHD brain, requires a level of concentration I haven’t had available in a while. But I went to the library last week and checked out 8 books, and have been having a ball since.

I am unsure which one of you originally recommended the mystery novels of Louise Penny to me, but I have enjoyed them. She is a bit… much sometimes in the dramatic over-writing, but otherwise, she is flawless. Her latest is Glass Houses, but you will enjoy her more if you begin at the beginning with Still Life.

Thank you!

Last week I announced my decision to move to a sponsorship model for my work. The response has been staggering. And I am grateful beyond belief. The very short version is that writers like me have a hard time finding a payment model that is fair in today’s world, so I am asking people who love me and my work to consider becoming a sponsor of it – for as little as $3 a month you can become a patron of my work, and help make sure I am able to continue doing this. You can read more about how to do that here.

Take care of yourself, and each other.

Hugh Hollowell
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