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 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

June Open Warehouse Sale at Epicure

I was at a birthday party when the host aka foodie friend shared some duck with a group of us. We all asked where he got it. His friend owns a local restaurant and raved about the food at Epicure Imports. She said that Epicure sells food to restaurants and opens to the public a few … Continue reading

Creativity Music to My Ears Final Project

Last week I completed my last assignment for Creativity Music to My Ears. I really enjoyed it. I love music all kinds – indie, rap, hip hop, punk, etc. I was named after Roberta Flack, so maybe that has something to do with my love for music. The last assignment was a bit more introspective. … Continue reading

Goodreads Review Man’s Search for Meaning

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl My rating: 5 of 5 stars Read this book if you have not read it, or re-read it. This was my first time reading the book and it was a very profound book. The timing of book is perfect. Asking myself a lot of questions lately and … Continue reading

Creativity: Music to My Ears

Last year at about this time I took Crash Course on Creativity, I mentioned it in Avoidance of Art. This year the class is Creativity: Music to My Ears also taught by Tina Seelig. A few reasons why I decided to take this class. I love music. I attend quite a few concerts throughout the … Continue reading

Goodreads Review of Get Lucky

Get Lucky: How to Put Planned Serendipity to Work For You and Your Business by Thor Muller My rating: 4 of 5 stars The first part of the book was very good and the last part was so-so. Overall the book is good and the authors provide a good step-by-step guide which includes: Motion Preparation … Continue reading

Goodreads Review of Shaman, Healer, Sage

Shaman, Healer, Sage: How to Heal Yourself and Others with the Energy Medicine of the Americas by Alberto Villoldo My rating: 5 of 5 stars The book was recommended by a friend. After reading the book and taking it all in I came to the conclusion that like acupuncture (years back) only those few will … Continue reading

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