understanding more broadly

I ran across a wonderful collection of cultural concepts that I want to share this week.

I was listening to a wonderful interview with a chef, Daniel Barber, who quoted another favorite of mine, Michael Pollan, saying that culture is basically the things we learn from home, and from our mother.

Maman, I would have to agree with him wholeheartedly. Everything that I love about not being a complete American is from you.

Hope your weekend is ending with a smile Friends, and that you can send some love to your mother!

Happy Sunday!

From the end of October through the New Year and onto Valentine's Day, it's easy to forget that the holidays we celebrate are simply cultural constructs that we can choose to engage in — or not. The concepts and ideas we celebrate — like our spiritual beliefs and daily habits — are a choice, though sometimes it feels like we "have" to celebrate them, even if we don't feel like it.
Culture is ours to do with as we choose, and that means that we can add, subtract, or edit celebrations or holidays as we see fit — because you and me and everyone reading this makes up our culture, and it is defined by us, for us, after all. 
If you want to add a new and different perspective to your life, there are plenty of other ways to recognize joy and beauty outside American traditions. From Scandinavia to Japan, India and Germany, the concepts below may strike a nerve with you and inspire your own personal or familial celebration or — as is the case with a couple of these for me — sound like an acknowledgement of something you have long felt, but didn't have a word for. 

via {mother nature network}


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