We are all just the sum of our stories. Some stories last longer. Holding onto our stories, pictures, memories, experiences, this is what describes us, defines us, and memorializes us. Let me preface this by mentioning I have not, will not, nor have any desire to read the raunch which is 50 Shades of Grey. From what i gather the book is written with the 2nd grade literature skill of ‘see spot run’ and entirely researched with the use of Wikipedia and Google. Poor woman, short of authentic exciting sexual experience. :/ That being said, another set of books came out a couple years ago called Diary of a Call Girl, by a legit London lady escort. Showtime attempted to … Read More
“In the beginning was the city. Before mankind existed, before even the primeval sea had fully receded from the land, Marduk, the creator of everything, made the city…the name of the first city was called Eridu.” This was written on a clay tablet dating back 2,5000 years. It was written in Babylonian as well as the older Sumerian language. It is a real place outside of Iraq. Purchased out of curiosity, I immensely enjoyed City, A Guidebook for the Urban Age. I anticipated it would cover the evolution of our cities but was pleasantly surprised by how thorough the research would be. So many insights into all the actual components of a city: the building of skyscrapers which make up … Read More
The first month of the new year has been super busy, inspiring, and goal-oriented focused. Evidence by all the books I’ve devoured, relaxing too. Here’s an image. I will do a little review on City, which a perfect follow-up to Debt, The First 5,000 Years I’ve been carrying around Technology in my purse for the last month, because I hate to be anywhere where I have to wait and not have something to read, grrr! It is in chronological order and just super cool. Seth Godin is coming to Dallas next month; of course i have a ticket. I love all the quotes in his V is for Vulnerable; and the other awesome inspiring book, Steal Like an Artist. Madeleine Albright … Read More
The creative process has no process or outline to follow. We never know when, where, or how an idea will come. Even when deliberately seeking inspiration, often what we come up with can feel inauthentic because it was ‘construed’ and not ‘out of nowhere’ like where we presume brilliant things come from. In the book Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, a famous writer and professor, she discusses both procrastinating and disciplining oneself to write (or create, or design, or draw, or study…whatever your ‘thing’ is) I thought this diddy was funny: “So after I’ve completely exhausted myself thinking about the people I most resent in the world, and my more arresting financial problems, and, of course, the orthodontia, I remember to … Read More
The future of libraries, run by robots! Seems so efficient. What to do with the old ones: Crystallized books. These are all so beautiful.