Making a List

December 3rd, 2014

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Maira Kalman’s book, My Favorite Things, is one of my current favorite things. Although it started as a companion piece to an exhibit she curated to celebrate the re-opening of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, it’s also a visual memoir and litany of things she loves. I have a hard time keeping a traditional journal, but I’ve been keeping a similar list off and on in one of my notebooks for a long time. The great thing about it is that it continues to grow and remind me of various moments in my life. A few of my favorite things:

French fries in paper cones or silver cups . ¬†Big overcoats . Wishbones . Maps of all kinds . Eating at the bar . Siberian huskies . ¬†Velvet couches . Neon signs . Honeycombs . Fountain pens & drawing pencils . the word “shambolic” . Buffalos . Cilantro . Men’s watches worn by women . “Elegy for Dunkirk” by Jeff Beck … and on and on.

Instead of a list of things you want to find under the tree, a list of what you love will make you feel like you already have everything you need.

One Response to “Making a List”

  1. Veronica says:

    A pen with a bold stroke, an Irish wool shawl, weathered cowboy boots, perfectly fitted wool socks, woodsmoke, French perfume, the curve of a handmade mug, the tender perfection of a silky dog ear, dark sky and brought stars, the sweet smell of decaying leaves in November…

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