Five Blogs for April | A Different Language | by Jay Jasinski

April in Los Angeles is Like March in Los Angeles

Song of a Second April

“APRIL this year, not otherwise
Than April of a year ago
Is full of whispers, full of sighs,
Dazzling mud and dingy snow;
Hepaticas that pleased you so
Are here again, and butterflies.

There rings a hammering all day,
And shingles lie about the doors;
From orchards near and far away
The gray wood-pecker taps and bores,
And men are merry at their chores,
And children earnest at their play.

The larger streams run still and deep;
Noisy and swift the small brooks run.
Among the mullein stalks the sheep
Go up the hillside in the sun
Pensively; only you are gone,
You that alone I cared to keep.”

Edna St. Vincent Millay

A Sunflower From Maggie Despite the somber ending, I find that to be a beautiful poem. Well done, Edna. Anyways, being curious about the world, art, culture, etc. is important for our mental well-being. I find ennui impossible when we turn off the “that doesn’t interest me” filter. Anything can be interesting if it’s well-written. So, here are five blogs to help satisfy your curiosity. Hope you love them as much as I do.

1. Cold Splinters

ColdSplintersEvery summer I get this manic notion that I’m a mountain man. The excruciating moments I spend indoors keeps me from the transcending powers of nature. In other words, I want to go camping. The difference between Cold Splinters and I is that they know what they’re doing. From naturalist documentaries, to the latest hiking gear, CS is the source for the modern outdoorsman/outdoorswoman. What a beautifully designed cover photo; the blue moon is a charming touch.

2. Catamaran

CatamaranPic Cate really is an east coast, creative type. She’s also an excellent writer. Using her blog as an outlet for creativity after being diagnosed with TOS, Cate has constructed a reflectively informative source for all things interesting. From fashion to saving Yasuni National Park, Catamaran is worth visiting and revisiting.

3. Gravel & Gold

Gravel & Gold

G&G is a perfect example of an honest, interesting blog complimenting a business. They sell “items made with wit, utility, and beauty” in their Mission District, San Francisco, store. This is a fantastic blog for artist, craft enthusiast, and people who enjoy watching other people make art.

4. Aquarium Drunkard

Aquarium Drunkard

AD is where I get all my “this would be cool in a movie” songs. Well written and consistent, Aquarium Drunkard is worth visiting daily. Expect to find lots of Americana, funk, soul, and R&B for that April playlist of yours.

5. Cave to Canvas

Screen Shot 2014-04-16 at 9.18.20 AMIf you ever see fine art art reblogged on tumblr, odds are it came from Cave to Canvas. Started by a college art student, CTC works as a database for art – from classic to contemporary. You can even suggest an artist for CTC to focus on.

Enjoy your Wednesday, everyone.



About jayjasinski10

My name is Jay Jasinski and I'm a freelance social media and content marketer based in Los Angeles, California. I'm also a writer with an interest in film, literature, and the environment.
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