Monthly Archives: August 2011

“genetic portraits”

Another art spark – Enjoy!

Series – Genetic Portraits

Artist: Ulric Collette

Artist’s Portfolio:

Interview with Artist:



people painting

Today’s art spark:

Artist: Alexa Meade

From the artist’s website:

Alexa Meade is a 24-year-old artist whose work lies at the intersection of painting, photography, performance, and installation.

Rather than creating representational paintings on a flat canvas, Alexa Meade creates her representational paintings directly on top of the physical subjects that she is referencing. When photographed, the representational painting and the subject being referenced appear to be one and the same as the 3D space of her painted scenes becomes optically compressed into a 2D plane.



meeting deadlines

I finished a project and it’s in the mail folks! Yes! 

It turns out that I needed a bit of inspiration… and it unexpectedly came in the form of my sister. 🙂  She was struggling to find a new job, put in daily efforts, and now her hard work has finally paid off.  I am very happy for and proud of her.

My original deadline for my project was “ages ago,” but I recently set a mental deadline (the absolute, for sure, no ifs, ands, or buts, last-last deadline kind) for today.  With the inspiration, I actually met the deadline yesterday!  I was motivated in the butt-in-seat, head down, in the zone, nothing can stop me now way.  It was great.

So I’m aware of advice related to deadlines (e.g., 14 Essential Tips for Meeting a Deadline and How to Meet Deadlines &  Boost Performance), but apparently I require some type of inspiration to help me complete projects.  I know what the rewards are if I meet a deadline, and I have resources to meet deadlines, but I guess I need a mental spark, something that is special with a bit of emotion.  I think this blog is helping with regular reminders of the “amazing” in the world, though now I’m realizing I also want (need?) to see and hear about the amazing in person for that extra push to get certain things done…

What do you think?



Toy Phone


(1) Be nice to kids.

(2) Tap into your inner child.

(3) Enjoy the moment.




“What a Wonderful World”

Today’s musical spark:


Musician: Louis Armstrong

(Recommended: Read about his special relationship with the Karnofskys.)



a dose of goodness

Switch on the television, radio, or your computer monitor and you will probably come across bad news.  Negativity is everywhere it seems.  The overall picture presented is one of unhappy individuals, troubled governments, scary economics, and group conflicts.  It is easy to get swept up in the sadness, frustration, and hopelessness of it all.

But is it all really that bad?  The answer in short is “no.”

Check out the following resources for daily reminders that there is still plenty of good in the world:


(1) Good News Network:

From the website: The mission is to provide a “Daily Dose of News to Enthuse.” The Good News Network® is a clearinghouse for the gathering and dissemination of positive compelling news stories from around the globe. Daily stories will confirm what we already believe: good news itself is not in short supply; the advertising of it is.

(2) Happy News:

From the website: Their credo – We believe virtue, goodwill and heroism are hot news. That’s why we bring you up-to-the-minute news, geared to lift spirits and inspire lives. Add in a diverse team of Citizen Journalists reporting positive stories from around the world, and you’ve got one happy place for news.

(3) Good News Daily:

From the website: Good News Daily is not Politically or Religiously connected or affiliated in any way.  Our belief system is simple.  The media portrays all news as bad when in fact many good things are happening around the world on a daily basis.  Good News Daily seeks to post good news stories from around the world whether it is todays news or a 50 year old story.


Remember: Good happens. 🙂




It’s Monday.  I made it to the office today and finished a bunch of tasks from my to-do list.  I plan to finish an important project by Friday.  I can do it.  I will do it.  🙂






a man & his motorcycle

In “The Norton Project,” two brothers surprise their father with a restored motorcycle:


If you don’t have time to watch the whole video, you can skip to 8 minutes into the video for a little bit of the backstory or 11 minutes 30 seconds into it for the dad’s reaction to the gift.


How touching to see the brothers come together to plan and execute such a special present.  The dad’s tears say it all.



“Only the Young” by Brandon Flowers

Today’s musical spark – enjoy!



Musician: Brandon Flowers





Beautiful voice, beautiful song:

Somewhere Over the Rainbow –


Musician: Israel “IZ” Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole



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