The Value of the Arts

“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.” ~ Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park “A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” ~ George Bernard ShawContinue reading “The Value of the Arts”

Before You Buy Those Christmas Gifts

“Giving gifts to others is a fundamental activity, as old as humanity itself. Yet in the modern, complex world, the particulars of gift-giving can be extraordinarily challenging.” ~ Andrew Weil “I think it would be bad for culture and the art if artists and people who develop the apparatus to support those artists don’t getContinue reading “Before You Buy Those Christmas Gifts”

I am Enough

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves.” William Shakespeare “If a man wants to be sure of his road he must close his eyes and walk in the dark.” ~ St. John of the Cross, Mystic and Saint I’m kind of stubborn and sometimes unteachable. I’m like my dadContinue reading “I am Enough”

What I Learned from Alfred Hitchcock

“I’m full of fears and I do my best to avoid difficulties and any kind of complications. I like everything around me to be clear as crystal and completely calm.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock “Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock “The only way to get rid of my fears isContinue reading “What I Learned from Alfred Hitchcock”

The Magic is Within You

“We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.” ~ Jane Austen, from Mansfield Park “The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.” ~ Gloria Steinem “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”Continue reading “The Magic is Within You”