It’s been a rough couple of weeks.

I’ve had FOUR people close to me pass away (which is a complete mind fuck, let me tell ya).

Then I woke up on this beautiful Saturday to find that Jimmy Buffett was no longer with us.

I was not a massive fan of his music (some of his songs, quite frankly, got on my damned nerves), though I did appreciate his impact on his fans and the legacy he leaves behind.

What I did admire was his salesmanship and his writing.

He took his laid-back lifestyle and turned it into a multi-billion dollar empire. He sold a dream of living by the water, drinking margaritas, and sailing on your boat to millions of fans who most likely had never even been on the water or had ever seen an actual beach.

Jimmy Buffett’s music and persona have become synonymous with escapism and the desire for a carefree, tropical paradise.

Many aspire to emulate his ability to create a brand around his lifestyle.

He was also a gifted writer. Being someone who tries to live that ‘Florida lifestyle,’ I was drawn to his books as an escape mechanism during the winter months and when circumstances dictated that I couldn’t be in Florida. Buffett’s books captured the spirit of his lifestyle. From tales of adventure on the high seas to stories of love and loss in paradise, his writing allowed readers to escape their everyday lives and dream of a life filled with sunshine and palm trees.

The loss of Jimmy Buffett is a reminder of the power of music and the ability of an artist to create a world that resonates with many people.

His songs transported listeners to a place of relaxation and enjoyment. Whether it was a beach party anthem like “Margaritaville” or a reflective ballad like “A Pirate Looks at Forty,” Buffett had a way of connecting with his audience on a deep level.

Although Jimmy Buffett may no longer be with us, his legacy lives on through his music, books, and the countless lives he touched along the way.

As the Parrotheads would say, ‘Fins Up’.

Rest easy, sailor.

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On to this week’s Awesome Things:

Interview: Photographer Documents 33 Women Before and After They Became a Mom

There are few things in life that have a bigger impact than becoming a parent. Motherhood, in particular, changes a woman in profound ways—not just physically, but emotionally, too. Photographer and mother Vaida Markeviciute-Razmislavice noticed her own transformation before childbirth and after her son was born.

Take Ai Weiwei’s Middle Finger Anywhere in the World

Since 1995, artist Ai Weiwei has been flipping the bird to a myriad of global landmarks steeped in oppression, censorship, and overreaching control as a means of reminding the people to question the status quo and represent their own personal values.

40 Years Ago: Why David Bowie Regretted ‘Let’s Dance’ So Much

“I asked myself, ‘Why have I chosen this music?'” Bowie later mused.

[This is far and away my most UNFAVORITE Bowie song. Sorry/Not Sorry. – JS]

Are you mindlessly scrolling? Here’s how to tame your bad tech habit.

Even good habits can cross the line into unhealthy compulsion

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What $100,000 Is Actually Worth in the Largest U.S. Cities – 2023 Study

Seen as a sign of success and financial comfort, a six-figure salary has long been an important milestone for American workers. But the times have changed and $100,000 isn’t quite what it used to be, especially as rampant inflation continues to sap the purchasing power of money and push the cost of living higher.

The Perils and Pleasures of Bartending in Antarctica

At the South Pole, the freezer is just a hole in the wall to the ice outside.

Check out Instacart: 1 hour grocery delivery! Here’s $20 worth of free groceries

30 Movies That Are Somehow Turning 30 This Year

Does it make you feel old to know Mrs. Doubtfire is three decades old? What about Jurassic Park? Free Willy?

Why You Should Bake Your Wool Sweater in the Oven Before You Wear It

Of all the things you can do with an oven—make chocolate chip cookies, roast veggies, or reheat leftovers—the last thing you’d think to do is bake your sweater. Yet this is precisely what Audrey Danser, owner of Salvage Studio in San Francisco, proposes in an Instagram post.

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🌴 Check out this incredibly colorful and preserved mid-century Palm Springs digs.

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🎣 The Mexican Fisherman (Amazing Short Story)