Last week our kids had their winter school break and we went for a week-long ski trip in Mont Tremblant, Canada. Mont Tremblant has a great mountain and, perhaps more importantly, a really picturesque village at its base. My parents and I have come here several times when I was a teenager, but not in... Continue Reading →
Want to feel important? Surround yourself with meaningful art.
When we got married, my husband was entering one of the most challenging stages of his life - residency in internal medicine. He spent long days in the hospital and had a very rough night call schedule. I certainly don't miss that period of our marriage. Soon afterward, our first daughter was born and I... Continue Reading →
Do you suffer from Impostor Syndrome? Maybe you shouldn’t.
A few years ago, I got myself into a bit of a pickle at work. I am a secret self-improvement book/webinar/lecture junkie. I live by books like "Getting Things Done" by David Allen, "168 Hours: You have more time than you think" by Laura Vanderkam, and Austin Kleon's series of books for artists. It is... Continue Reading →
Need a pick-me-up? How about a splash of color in your life?
“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”-William Arthur Ward This quote was put up on a screen at our Chief Scientific Officer's retirement party back in 2017. While the party was very nice and well-intentioned on the surface, in reality it was a forced retirement.... Continue Reading →
Drumroll please – introducing “Wilting Mind”
“Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.”- Leonardo da Vinci I haven't heard this quote before. By some strange coincidence I accidentally came across it only a few weeks ago, as I was thinking of writing a... Continue Reading →
“Your mind is a garden, your thoughts are the seeds…”
Over the last couple of months, I have fallen off the face of the earth. Again. At least off of the blogosphere anyway. It has been a crazy couple of months for me, to say the least. Work has been stressful and I was in the process of being interviewed for a new job. Not... Continue Reading →
How much detail do you need to identify what you are looking at?
Several years ago I took my daughter to "The Art of the Brick" exhibition in New York City. At first, my husband and I were pretty skeptical about how interesting it would be. What could you possibly do with Legos that hasn't been done before? We had been to the Legoland in Yonkers, where whole... Continue Reading →
Thinking about sprucing up your place this summer? Maybe you should!
It looks like we are finally crawling out of our socially distanced hibernation. While each one of us has had a very personal experience with COVID-19, most stories sound familiar. And although they deserve to be both told and heard, we also need to some fresh conversation starters in our homes. Many people have taken... Continue Reading →
Distinguishing signal from the noise
A few years ago, I was fortunate enough to have a chance to display my artwork at the "Art of the Brain" exhibition organized by my former graduate school. There was a reception held on the opening night and there was a big crowd of people. At the time, I was a bit surprised by... Continue Reading →
Slowly but surely the brain is emerging
After a brief hiatus earlier this year, I am back at my art table. I am not sure what was going on with me over the past couple of months, but I just couldn’t bring myself to start a new project. I have been marinating a few ideas and deciding on the best technical approach.... Continue Reading →