The Hughsletter #113 – I miss you

Good Morning!

“I miss you”.

Brian and I send that text to each other a couple of times a month, but feel the emotions behind it much more often. There are people whose presence in the world make living in it more bearable, and Brian is that person for me. I always feel a little weird using terms like ‘best friend” – it sounds so sixth grade – but if I were to use it, that person would be Brian.

He lives some four hours away, so when it has been too long since we have laid eyes on each other, one of us will get in the car and go to the other to spend the weekend together. We don’t actually do much – he describes it as moving from coffee shop to coffee shop, a weekend of changing venues. But we do it together.

This past weekend was one such weekend. I took the train a few hours up the road, and he met me there. We got a cheap, but nice, room on Priceline and spent two days eating in diners and him showing me the city where he grew up. It was lovely, and just what my soul needed. When you are empty, the only solution is to fill up.

Here are five things I thought were beautiful.

Holy hi-resolution! A 100 Megapixel picture of the moon, completely zoomable.

This video of a painting from 1617 being cleaned is nearly magical. (If you are into this sort of thing, this video of what goes into restoring old paintings will probably also be your jam.)

One of my favorite websites in the world is, the blog of Jason Kottke. He has been blogging for almost 20 years, and shares links to the most amazing things. Like this picture (and video) of black ice from the arctic.

My friend Susan shared this collection of 36 photos of indigenous (Native American Indian) women, all taken more than 100 years ago.

Asmahan Rose Mosleh is a mandala artist from Yemen, and her Instagram account is staggering.


Maybe it is because of my time away this weekend, but I was incredibly moved by this piece. Two men were friends – Christian theologian Rienhold Niebuhr and Jewish Scholar and activist Abraham Heschel. But instead of a record of their friendship in letters, we have a description of their friendship by Niebuhr’s wife. I always find it fascinating to learn what outsiders know from what they observe. The tenderness of this piece was breathtaking. (I am not a huge Niebuhr fan, but I absolutely loved The Prophets by Heschel, and think him a genius.)

Well, that is it for this week. I hope you have a great week, and that your life is filled with beautiful things. If you see something special, I hope you will let me know about it, and if one of my five I shared today struck you in a special way, I hope you will let me know about that, too.

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Take care of yourself, and each other.

Hugh Hollowell
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