Rediscovering the simple

It is no doubt a little trite to say that one finds travel inspirational, because as it seems, most people do.  Sunsets are also beautiful, as you’ve probably heard before too. What I’m finding is that travel provokes ideas, and ideas are the beginnings of creative action and new projects. The act of shaking things…

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Autodidact Tactics

It is very normalized for artists to have a whole bunch of projects; projects which are viewed as semi-independent galaxies that exist and change with the times; develop; and inspire or become inspired. The question Daniel has been going around asking our friends of late goes like this: What topic are you a freshman in today that…

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Secret Relationship Formula

Or, not so secret, just sensible: Good relationships have partners with complementary skill-sets and similar values. It took me a long time to understand the meaning of the word values.  It’s one of those words that requires life experience to understand, even if you can parrot back the definition. For instance, these are value continuums- they are…

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Modern + Contemporary

We are staying in a beautiful mid-century modern styled, yet brand-new, hotel in Palm Springs (Arrive.) It’s lovely, and so comforting to be out of NYC. While enjoying the furnishings, I repeated a question to Daniel that I’ve asked several times this year: “What does actual modern interior style look like?” “Like this. Modern is…

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Artists, Physicists, and Philosophers

I’ve been making this mini-series on an autodidact approach to life.  Since it’s in Arabic, most of the viewers are from the Middle East, as far as I can tell. Perhaps later I will do the series in English, because the content is becoming even clearer to me through the doing. (An important aside about…

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The Purpose of Art

We had another long conversation about art last night. (Read last week’s post on this topic.) Since we both went to art school in what feels like a prior life, the act of thinking and talking about art as construct feels familiar. Compare the impulse to make art to the impulse to start a business:…

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Confidence and Resistance: Episode 2

Watch Episode 2 on Youtube Meaningful, Episode 2, from the mini-series about freedom of thinking and autodidactism: in this episode: Self-Confidence and Internal Resistance! Welcome! مرحبا! It takes true self-trust to walk the path less trodden, and embarking on a serious self-directed learning project is such a path. It is very normal to encounter friends…

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New Mini Series Episode 1

View Episode 1 on Youtube Hi and welcome to this first episode of a new series! مرحبا و اهلا! This piece is about Freedom of Thought and Autodidactism. We tend to believe our thoughts and thinking patterns are freely created and arise from inner perception of the truth. Sometimes this is true. Often it is…

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