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The Wisdom of Wabi-Sabi
Kintsugi, a Japanese term meaning "Golden Joinery", is the artisanal practice of reparing broken pottery using lacquer and gold. Based in part on the Japanese philosophy of Wabi-sabi—a Buddhist-based concept of aesthetics 'centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection'—Kintsugi 'treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.'
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In other words, instead of trying to conceal an object's imperfections, Kintsugi embraces—even celebrates—its flaws. I think there's a lot to be learned from this approach, not only as it applies to artistic endeavors, but to life in general. (I just wish it worked on wrinkles!)

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“The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places.”
― Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms
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1. Here's an interesting idea: Monthly children's book subscriptions for kids. Although I can't vouch for their quality, these three services look promising:
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(I'm no Luddite, but whenever I read how the world is soon to be taken over by robots, this is the first thing that comes to mind.)

Speaking of robots, do you know who first came up with the idea of The Terminator? (Hint: It wasn't James Cameron.) You do remember The Terminator, don't you? (Don't worry: I'm sure nothing like that could ever happen in real life. Yikes! Oh, well—at least it does dishes!)
“I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.” 
― Augusten Burroughs, Magical Thinking
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“Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we're all in this together.” 
― Brené Brown
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“Just because someone's pretty doesn't mean she's decent. Or vice versa. I'm not into appearances. I like flaws, I think they make things interesting.” 
― Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever
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About Me

Hi. I’m D.E.Uhlig. I’m an artist, author, husband and father.

For as long as I can remember, I have loved to draw. Years ago I gave my wife a hand-drawn card for our anniversary, and she loved it so much she made me promise to ALWAYS hand-draw her cards. Then our three kids made me promise to do the same with their birthday cards. And when I posted some of my drawings online, people began asking how they could purchase my work—so I created this newsletter. I believe in something I like to call “The Happiness of Art” and I hope it makes you smile.

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D.E.Uhlig is an award-winning illustrator whose work has appeared in numerous publications including the Kansas City Star, Christian Science Monitor, University Daily Kansan, Editorial Humor Magazine, and World Policy Journal. Commercial illustration and design clients over the years have included Samsung, Sprint, and the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, among others—and his Starbucks RedCup illustrations have been featured on the company's Pinterest and Facebook pages. In 1989, Mr. Uhlig co-founded Uhlig LLC, a leading provider of cross-media publishing and communication services in industries ranging from residential housing to book publishing to cancer care. Mr. Uhlig is married with three children and resides in Kansas City. He is currently working on children’s books, ebooks and apps.

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