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Maria Popova

White, Black, Bird

Maria Popova writes The Marginalian, weekly reflections, in her own words, on "the search for meaning across literature, science, art, philosophy, and the various other tentacles of human thought and feeling ... — my one-woman labor of love exploring what it means to live a decent, substantive, rewarding life."

Maria published a series of photo of gravestones, one with the three names "White" "Black" and "Bird". It was just perfect to me. I could dedicate the rest of my life to exploring the 'tentacles' that spread from this one idea! It left my mind and heart whirring and flying, and back in love with humans, for a little while at least.

I recalled that Maria at one stage was quite obsessed with a particular kind of jumpsuit. I found this a charming foil to her hyper-intellectual/spiritual journey. : ) I also LOVE to dress my heroes to please THEM!

I also took this opportunity to make an osprey — a stunning bird, somewhere between black and white — that lives near me in the Bay Area.

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