Video: “Hear Blessings Dropping Their Blossoms,” Rumi + Utah Spring Flowers

Quite possibly I have been overgramming Utah's spring flowers, but I have never been so grateful for these transient beauties! There are far too many photos to share anywhere, but I created a video to remember this spring. It begins with a gorgeous quotation from Rumi that captures a key practice in the art of striving: …

Happy #nationalpoetrymonth!

In honor of National Poetry Month, here is a poem by one of my favorite poets, Rilke. It is a poem about patience, trust, and becoming part of earth's rhythm; about being brave enough to fall to find true freedom and to fully express who we are. Enjoy! How surely gravity’s law strong as an ocean current, takes hold …

Fab Friday Recap: Powerful girls, dancing toddlers, and faithful women

I consume a lot of online content throughout the week--articles, videos, tweets, adorable animal pictures. To share some of the inspiring, praiseworthy, helpful, smile worthy, thought-provoking things I read or saw this week, here's a Fab Friday Recap. Helpful Do you struggle with finding your personal calling or mission in life? I know I struggle mightily with …

{R e f l e c t i o n} Explosions

"When the wicked rule the people mourn. . . . Renounce war and proclaim peace" (Doctrine and Covenants 98:9, 16). Seven or so years ago, my sister and I were returning to shore from a river cruise in Mystic, Connecticut, on a gorgeous sunny day. Just as we were disembarking, we looked up to see a smallish fireball of …

{R e f l e c t i o n} Dancing on Shiva, Part 1

On Being Vulnerable Sharing the story of my head injury was more emotional than I thought it would be. It was a huge relief to communicate what I have been experiencing. It also felt quite vulnerable because it exposed the mental and neurobiological strata I deal with, not only to friends but to complete strangers. The effort to heal and …

{Reflection} Keepin’ On: Healing through a Concussion

Today, like so many anniversaries, is bittersweet. One year ago I smacked my head into a wall and concussed my brain. This ordinary “life happens” day has been a threshold to a newness of life. And yet, it has been the toughest experience I have had. Hell, actually. I am such a natural optimist that …

{a r c h i v e + a r t} #ColorOurCollections, February 1-5

Library lovers and artists of all stripes will adore the abundance of creative, archives-related goodness happening on the Internet this week. Libraries across the world have opened their collections for coloring with free coloring book pages available online. The New York Academy of Medicine is sponsoring the event and inviting people to share their creations with the #ColorOurCollections …

{a r c h i v e + p h o t o g r a p h y} Anna Atkins, cyanotype, and scientific illustration

  Over on Instagram, I featured a couple of images from the New York Public Library's digital collections. These gorgeous, ghostly images come from the library's copy of Photographs of British Algae by Anna Atkins, the first female photographer, and an amateur botanist. This was also the first book to be produced entirely using photographic methods. Read more …

Welcome, strivers! + Introduction

Hello, there! I have a few posts up, and I figured I need to introduce myself and this blog. My name is Elizabeth Pinborough. I am a bookish child of the 80s who is always on some sort of creative quest. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree in English I joined the ranks of Garrison Keillor's fictional society …

{#tbt: a r c h i v e + d e s i g n}

So, I have fallen in love with the photos in the State Library of New South Wales Flickr account. Currently I am engrossed with putting a modern twist on them with doodles and designs. The photo above was particularly stunning to me. Mrs. Wing Fang is in Sydney on what appears to be the deck of …