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Welcome to print + parcel, a weekly delivery of good things designed to make your brain happy. That up there? That's Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream, a Columbus staple. It's summer. Go get some. Your tastebuds will thank you. But enough of that. On to this week's officially delightful dozen...

Famous Artists + The Cats They Loved

The craze for cats may seem like a modern phenomena, however these fuzz balls have been loved and even worshiped ever since Ancient Egypt. Their solitary character and need for attention is something many artistic minds throughout the history could relate to as well, and flavorwire has put together a very amusing selection of world’s greatest artists and their feline friends. Read more


When he's not cutting grass, delivering papers or playing on his rec league baseball team, 13-year-old Hart Main has some very adult duties: namely, running his own business: ManCans, a candle company that has grown from a handful of items shown at a school craft bazaar to thousands of candles lining shelves of stores across the country.

Launched last November, ManCans sprang from Main's observation that most of the candles being sold around the world were made to appeal to women. How many men, he reasoned, would, uncoerced, fire up a candle that smelled like vanilla, mocha or gingerbread? Read More

F. Scott Fitzgerald

"Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke."

Baking Brand Storytelling Into Your Lunch

I like to think that the best part about going out to eat, particularly with friends, isn’t the food (though don’t get me wrong; I adore food). It’s the stories we share and the stories we create. It’s like the times spent with my wife reviewing our plate of nachos in hopes that someday we’ll cull all those reviews into a blog just about nachos (though that’s a whole other story). It’s the times spent with friends catching up and reminiscing about old times.

Restaurants have a unique opportunity to tap into brand storytelling, and there’s a restaurant in the U.K. doing just that. Read more

Make Your Own Cocktail Sticks

Add a little party to your party cup. View the tutorial here

Bukowskian Wisdom

Your life is your life. Know it while you have it.


I stumbled upon this collection of short stop motion films a couple years ago. Much like my fascination with Instagram, I love that these little videos have the power to package up and regift the moments we tend to blow through each day. Click here to view the entire "Routining" series.

The Sharing Economy Comes of Age

The LeWeb conference in London, which begins today with a theme of the "Collaborative Economy," should be a wake-up call to corporations, brands, and everyone in the advertising ecosystem. Your lives are about to change. The market has once again spoken, and if you think you've already been disrupted by social media, think again. You ain't seen nothing yet. Read more

What Your Choice of Instagram Filter Says About Your Personality

100 million users are uploading 40 million photographs on a daily basis to Instagram. Of these images, 43% of them dont have any retro filters applied to them. That leaves 22.8 million filtered photos hitting the social network every 24 hours.

Marketing firm Marketo recently poked around with some of Instagram’s statistics, and then decided to assign personality profiles to some of the service’s most popular filters. It’s like Instagram meets Chinese Zodiac. Read more

Dirty Hands, Better Lives

On the Merits of Gardening

I’ve always enjoyed gardening, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve started thinking about my hobby from a different perspective. In a world that is so enamored with the latest technology, how can something as fundamentally basic as tending to a plot of land be such a source of immense joy? Read more

Three Must-Follow Instagrammers

Vote for Me!

I am humbled to have been selected as one of the finalists in the running for the first annual "Wild Sister of the Year" Award. The WSOTY "is awarded to someone who is kind, compassionate, optimistic and not afraid to be herself. She’s a trail-blazer and world-changer, passionate about her work and always looking for the positives in any situation. She believes in herself and is determined to make our world a better place. She fights for the rights of equality, animals, the environment or women. She uses her words, art and writing to spread a message of love, positivity and kindness."

Voting opens on June 10. At the risk of sounding like a total politician, I'd so appreciate your vote.

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