Things Hidden – The Hughsletter #109

Good Morning!

Am I the only one who feels unsettled? Like everything is in chaos?

The world has always been a violent place, and while the experts tell us it is less violent than it has ever been, that doesn’t change the fact that we are more connected than we have ever been. So yes, there have always been mass shootings, and there have always been wildfires, and hurricanes, and crazy dictators and unstable Presidents (OK, maybe that one is new).

But because we are now so connected, it feels like we have all of those things in our own town. In our own backyard. And it is overwhelming. It really, really is.

In the face of that, I only know to do two things: Restrict my media intake and pursue beauty. The first to keep perspective, and the second to build a reserve to protect me from the ugliness.

Here are five things I thought were beautiful:

Jeffrey Michael Samudosky is a sculptor who turned a giant piece of redwood into this amazing octopus. Sculpture fascinates me, because they remove what is there, to show what is hidden inside.

Speaking of what’s hidden, here is a knifemaker turning an ordinary hammer from the hardware store into a tomahawk that’s razor sharp.

In the Italian Alps, there is a place where the earth has eroded selectively, leaving stalagmites of earth with boulders on top of them. Really!

I love a good photo contest. Here are the best bird photos of 2017, at least according to this contest. I love everything about birds – I can watch them for hours. They seem so primal and ancient.

Footage of a humpback whale, nursing. If this doesn’t move you, you are dead inside.


Currently, I am reading Michael Twitty’s The Cooking Gene. It is a history of African American cooking, which is really a history of slavery and colonization. He is a descriptive writer and I enjoy it a lot, but it is intense – I am taking my time working through this one. Highly recommended.


Also, next week I will be releasing Patron-only content again, so if you are a Patron, you can look forward to that, and if you are not, you can find out how to do that here.

Take care of yourself, and each other.

Hugh Hollowell
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