Avoidance of Art

In elementary school I used to get bad grades and thinking back my drawings were more reminiscent of Basquiat, so my teacher must not have liked Basquiat.  I was able to avoid creating my own art in junior high by taking yearbook.  In high school due to my academic schedule I had to take art … Continue reading

Goodreads Review of The Hippest Trip in America

The Hippest Trip in America: Soul Train and the Evolution of Culture & Style by Nelson George My rating: 4 of 5 stars I watched the show as a kid and loved it. The book takes you behind the scenes, and you find out more about the dynamics between the musicians and the dancers. One … Continue reading

Goodreads Review of Everything I Never Told You

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng My rating: 5 of 5 stars I listened to this on my commute to and from work. A very in depth story about a mixed race family living in a small town in the late 70s. The story begins with the middle daughter, Lydia, found dead and … Continue reading

Goodreads Review of California: A Novel

California: A Novel by Edan Lepucki My rating: 5 of 5 stars I was not sure what to expect other than the story taking place in California. I was able to get a free audio download via the Ford Audiobook Club. Frida and Cal leave LA since LA has nothing to offer…the fires, earthquakes, drought, … Continue reading

Goodreads Review of Humans of New York

Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton My rating: 5 of 5 stars I love the photos and everything about HONY. Any book Brandon publishes will be on my bookshelf, including Little Humans. I could look at the photos over and over and get a new perspective each time. View all my reviews

Goodreads Review The Time Traveler’s Wife

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger My rating: 5 of 5 stars I thought the book would be more sci-fi and was pleasantly surprised that it was very much about love. I loved all the characters because you saw them from different view points, themselves, others, you got a good sense of who they … Continue reading

Goodreads Review A Different Kind of Luxury

A Different Kind of Luxury: Japanese Lessons in Simple Living and Inner Abundance by Andy Couturier My rating: 5 of 5 stars It took me a few months to finish the book because each story is full of insight and no words were waste, and I wanted to really appreciate each story before moving on. … Continue reading

Goodreads Review of Vampires in the Lemon Grove

Vampires in the Lemon Grove: Stories by Karen Russell My rating: 4 of 5 stars The 8 short stories are overall good. The 1st short story Vampires in the Lemon Grove is one of my favorites and I assumed most of the short stories would be similar. As I read on they became a bit … Continue reading

Goodreads Review Daring Greatly

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown My rating: 4 of 5 stars I have seen Brene Brown’s TED Talk and had this book on my to reads list. Brene is very knowledgeable and her research is extensive. I enjoyed reading the … Continue reading

Drumroll by Steve McQueen

I love the MOCA Pacific Design Center because of its more intimate setting. Currently Steve McQueen’s video installation Drumroll (1998) is playing and also on display are a few photos from his Barrage (1998) series. I have seen a few of Steve McQueen’s films and met him in 2011. I was curious to see Drumroll (1998). … Continue reading

Ten Day Silent Meditation Retreat

  Earlier this month I digitally detoxed. I was off the grid for almost 2 weeks at a silent meditation retreat. I have been practicing Mindfulness Meditation since 2007. I was introduced to Mindfulness at Claremont Graduate University when I enrolled in The Practice of Self-Management taught by Jeremy Hunter. It was an evening class and … Continue reading

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