5/23/15


"Expressions like "I'm feeling up today" and "I'm high," Lakoff and Johnson argue, derive from the metaphorical equation of happiness and height, while expressions like "I'm feeling down today" and "I'm low" derive from the metaphorical equation of dejection with depth.

I is an Other by James Geary

5/16/15

How improbable: an anorexia confessional and a paen to astronomy, in one. Very amazing she made the combo work:

"The total energy radiated by a star per unit time is luminosity. The more massive a star, the most luminous it is. The brighter it burns. High-mass stars rapidly exhaust their core supplies of energy. And burn out."

Binary Star by Sarah Gerard

5/3/15

Rules of the road 
"We call line extension a 'trap', not a mistake. Line extension can work if...But it's a big if. If your competitors are foolish. If your volume is small. If you have no competitors. If you don't expect to build a position in the prospect's mind. If you don't do any advertising. The truth is, many products are sold, few are positioned...we offer some rules of the road that will tell you when to use the house name and when not to.

1. Expected volume. Potential winners should not bear the house name. Small volume products should.

2. Competition. In a vacuum, the brand should not bear the house name. In a crowded field, it should.

3. Advertising support. Big-budget brands should not bear the house name. Small-budget brands should.

4. Significance. Breakthrough products should not bear the house name. Commodity products such as chemicals should.

5. Distribution. Off-the-shelf items should not bear the house name. Items sold by sales reps should.

Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind by Al Ries and Jack Trout

4/27/15

Be Flexible with Your Dream 
"We think we have to know before we go, that we have to figure our lives out before we hustle, but the opposite is actually true. Purpose is often a by-product of hustle, not a prerequisite." 

Do Over by Jon Acuff

4/21/15

"I had never envisioned myself wearing a backpack larger than my torso and leading my husband through ancient live oaks on a donkey, wowing each village in turn like Christ's entry into Jerusalem, but then again, I never did have much imagination."

The Wallcreeper by Nell Zink

4/17/15

"Clouds and blue sky, of course, are how Buddhists explain the nature of our mind: there may be clouds passing across it, but that doesn't mean a blue sky isn't always there behind the obscurations. All you need is the patience to sit still until the sky is blue shows up again."

The Art of Stillness by Pico Iyer

4/9/15

"Stale metaphors reproduce stale thinking. Mixed metaphors confuse...Observing that we have waged wars on poverty and drugs as well as cancer, Susan Sontag writes, 'Abuse of the military metaphor may be inevitable in a capitalist society, a society that increasingly restricts the scope and credibility of appeals to ethical principle'...Our bodies are not war machines that attack everything...but gardens where, under the right conditions, we live in balance with many other organisms."  

On Immunity by Eula Biss

4/1/15



At Craft Ontario Gallery until May 2, 2015
Artist Statement:
"On the one hand, there are our desires and yearnings; on the other, reality. And in between there is a wide gap filled with our very human day-to-day struggles while we live, work and play. Dreams and reality bumping up against each other manifest in odd juxtapositions, quirky coincidence, and endearing fumbles. My current work reflects my interest in exploring our adaptation as we wander around - mostly lost - improvising in this rocky terrain. I contemplate our humanity and find beauty amongst the overfamiliar artifacts of our, particularly pop, culture."

Lynne Heller's Pillflowers

3/21/15

"...so from there I decided to continue walking down Sexta Avenida under the splendid morning sunshine, not allowing the bad smells and the garbage in the street to soil my soul, content to think no passerby or street vendor could intuit my thoughts, walking in the direction of the restaurant of the Hotel de Centro, where the buffet of local cuisine would be my Sunday breakfast throughout my stay in that city, at a time of day when only the disturbance came from a marimba that at regular intervals attacked the clientele, but such disturbances were a plague common to all restaurants. Life is marvelous, I exclaimed to myself..."

Senselessness by Horacio Castellanos Moya

3/15/15

Aerial view - Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan

Porteous and Smith (2001) coined the term 'domicide' for the intentional destruction of one’s home by another. Domicide, or even the possibility of it, causes significant psychological effects yet it remains an understudied phenomenon. We know little about the effects on children and families as a social system.

"Art that has emerged across Canada over the past ten years dealing with the struggles for and about home has been predominantly the work of indigenous artists and immigrants to Canada who are familiar with forced displacement," writes Quebec artist Devora Neumark. Invited to present a talk at OCAD recently, Neumark spoke about her work in the context of the "problematics of belonging" and the relationship of home beautification to one's sense of narrative continuity.

Devora Neumark on 'domicide'