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The fine art of recovery: Andy’s story

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Depression forced Andy out of the teaching career he had enjoyed for years. Then a challenge from a friend revealed a hidden talent – and opened a door to a new life After seven nervous breakdowns, what did I learn in 16 years? That the lows can be overwhelming; but that there is also an…

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Motivational Stories

The Daring Life and Art of Pioneering Plant Ecologist Edith Clements – Brain Pickings

The Daring Life and Art of Pioneering Plant Ecologist Edith Clements – Brain Pickings

“There is one book that I would rather have produced than all my novels,” Willa Cather rued in her most candid interview about creativity. That book was Rocky Mountain Flowers: An Illustrated Guide For Plant-Lovers and Plant-Users (public library | public domain) by the pioneering plant ecologist and botanical artist Edith Clements (1874–1971). Wildflowers from…

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Planks used to board up New York shops during George Floyd unrest are being transformed into art

As tensions rose over police violence in the summer of 2020, many high-end New York businesses boarded up their storefronts. Now an art nonprofit has repurposed those plywood planks into political art

Last summer, as tensions rose over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, store owners in New York boarded up their businesses in anticipation of rioting or looting. Now, weeks after former officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of Floyd’s murder, a a group of artists have taken the wooden planks…

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Keith Haring on Art, the Diversity of Human Experience, and What Makes Us Who We Are – Brain Pickings

Keith Haring on Art, the Diversity of Human Experience, and What Makes Us Who We Are

“Envy those who see beauty in everything in the world,” artist Egon Schiele wrote in contemplating why visionaries tend to come from the minority. Artists are so often those whom society paints as other by some hue of identity and belonging, and yet they are also the ones who, in seeing how and what most…

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Control, Chance, and How the Psychology of Poker Illuminates the Art of Thriving Through Uncertainty – Brain Pickings

The Biggest Bluff: Control, Chance, and How the Psychology of Poker Illuminates the Art of Thriving Through Uncertainty

Decades before Simone de Beauvoir contemplated how chance and choice converge to make us who we are from the fortunate platform of old age, the eighteen-year-old Sylvia Plath — who never reached that fortunate platform, her life felled by the same conspiracy of chance and choice — contemplated these indelible forces in the guise of…

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Alain de Botton on Emotional Generosity and the Difficult, Largehearted Art of Charity of Interpretation – Brain Pickings

Alain de Botton on Emotional Generosity and the Difficult, Largehearted Art of Charity of Interpretation

Goethe, who lived and died by the indivisibility of art and life, insisted that we ought to treat the works of others, however imperfect, the way we treat their actions — with “a loving sympathy.” And yet one of the most damning paradoxes of our condition is that, again and again, we withhold from others…

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Calgary Black Lives Matter art vandalized in northwest park for second time – Calgary

Calgary Black Lives Matter art vandalized in northwest park for second time - Calgary

Black Lives Matter art has been vandalized once again in a northwest Calgary park.  A mural in Sunnyside was defaced sometime in the last 24 hours according to a containR park spokesperson. “It definitely hurt us,” said Kay L, executive director with BLM YYC.  “We feel this is a symbol of fighting for equality and…

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Motivational Stories

The Art of Living Quotes By Sri Sri Ravi Shankar That Will Inspire Your Life

Art of Life quotes Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Why are you unhappy? Is it because the situation in front of you is too confused to be resolved and you don’t know where to get hope from? Did you leave everyone who was good friends with you alone? Then you have landed on the right platform, my friend, from here you will not return…

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