Issue No. 649
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Oh, hi friends!

How often do you let yourself be seen?

It was a good flight, quiet and quick across the Atlantic. You could almost forget that your airplane seat wasn’t your bed, and that you were shuttling five hours into the future and leaving New York behind. 

Almost forget. An airplane seat never feels exactly like a bed. 

But it was a good flight, and the pilot only occasionally piped up through your headphones, the fancy ones that are maybe, probably, broken in one ear, but which still somehow do the job. 

After touching down and yanking the tiny carry-on from the overhead bin, everyone does what they always do. The flight attendants stand by the jet bridge and say thanks for flying with us, and the pilot stands there, too — no longer just a voice through your broken headphones. He’s there to show his face, to let himself be seen, to maybe accept a kind word from a sleepy passenger, and to maybe signal to himself that he did do a good job after all, and soon it will be time for the next one. 

We all show up, all the time, for so many things. 

But how often do you stand at the gate and let someone see — and appreciate — the work you’ve done?

“The work wants to be made, and it wants to be made through you.”

From Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Liz Gilbert. Might be time for a reread!

The guys over at Lowercase make incredible glasses by hand (and by cool machine) at their workshop in Brooklyn in a challenging and long and multi-step process. I profiled Gerard Masci and his business awhile back for The Bridge and have often thought since about his story: how he followed a single idea, a spark, really, and created an entire business from there. He researched, he learned, he’s still going. Now they paired with the Brooklyn Museum to create these works of art...for your eyeballs! I love a funky frame. Think I could pull these off?

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Thanks, as always, for reading.

Love, Kara

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