Mind, Body & Spirit

An Open Letter to My Green-Collar Colleagues

April 15th, 2015 by

Dear Fellow Green-Collar Professionals: I’m a sustainability coordinator at a large research institution in Dallas. Like many of you, I attend conferences for inspiration and information on green business practices. Unfortunately, sitting next to some of you at these events makes me feel like I received a detention slip for The Breakfast Club. Please do…

The Payoff of Paying it Forward

April 1st, 2015 by

Being fiscally conservative may have its virtues in our culture of debt, but loosening our attachment to financial security by giving to others can also increase our impact and well-being (think gifts with benefits). According to recent studies, generosity promotes happiness, improves health, strengthens relationships, and can lead to material success. I recently had an…

What Creatives Can Learn from Impressionists

March 12th, 2015 by

Exploring French portraiture and sculpture from the late 1850s until the first years of the 20th century, the 74 portraits from special exhibition “Faces of Impressionism: Portraits of the Musee D’Orsay” reflect the origins and flowering of one of the world’s most beloved movements. Road-tripping to Fort Worth to see this rare display, French art…

Triumphing over Mobile Technology

December 10th, 2014 by

Put down your phone – unless you’re using it to read this article. I’ve got a question for you. Is mobile technology bringing us closer together or further apart? From where I’m sitting, so-called smart phones may be dumbing down American society. According to a recent cross-platform report from Nielsen, the average adult spends nearly…

How Pattern Recognition Gives You an Edge

November 30th, 2014 by

Apollo, favorite son of Zeus, was the Greek god of light and music. In Hellenistic times, Apollo became identified with Helios, god of the sun, who pulled the sun across the sky each day with his golden chariot. We can also credit Apollo with the philosophical concept of the golden mean, the call for moderation…

The Joy of DIY

October 21st, 2014 by

First came the Great Recession. Then came the Great Automation. Now we have a growing population of underemployed and disempowered, yet curious, capable and conscious people in need of an outlet. What are we going to do with them? Teach them to make quirky new gadgets out of old and random stuff! Why? “Because it’s…

At Some Point, All Experts Were Novices

September 28th, 2014 by

I am fascinated by how people become experts in a field. At some point, all these experts were novices and needed help navigating. I’m new to the world of professional illustration and I’m working towards becoming an expert. I want to know almost everything about the illustration industry within New York City and I will….

Robin Williams and the Need for Kindness

August 12th, 2014 by

This morning I learned about Robin William’s suspected suicide. I am stunned and heart broken. I had become so used to having him around. I remembered how much his movies enriched my childhood (Hook, Aladdin, Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumangi and the Birdcage), teenage (Good Will Hunting and Patch Adams) and young adult years (Awakenings). As I read the condolences from…

Live Smarter, Not Larger

July 20th, 2014 by

Contemporary man won’t be measured by the old American dream of suburban providence. Before I ventured out and into the glamorous world of apartment dwelling, I grew up in a variety of homes: a trailer in a trailer park, a trailer all-alone on four acres of grass-land and trees, an antique farm house with no…

Modern Motherhood in Postmodern America

May 13th, 2014 by

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” My not-so-clever icebreaker was met with a look of piercing disdain from the audience of 17-year olds. Ummm, okay. Until that moment, I had been excited about serving as a career mentor for this prestigious boarding school. But these girls in plaid skirts and ponytails…