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Spirit of Giving Self to others. QOTD

“The most satisfying thing in life is to have been able to give a large part of one’s self to others.”

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It happened to me …

It is only because of the veil of the false ego lying between us that you find yourselves involved in so many difficulties, troubles and worries, all of which disappear automatically when touched by the reality of love.

When the curtain of your limited ‘I’ is lifted –and it can disappear through love, and love alone –you realize unity and find me as your real self, i.e. God.

I say so because it is only I, everywhere. There is really nothing like you.

——-AVATAR MEHERBABA

[Sahavas (in the company) of God, p-15, Meher Era Publication, Pune]
(© Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust)

Come September for Old Man!?

One of my ex-junior turned 51!  I sent him a Facebook message ( it is my habit to send it to all my friends on linkedin too, which takes long time as there are over 11000 of them and they have work and other anniversaries too ! and they change positions, get promoted and receive my best wishes every time, without fail)  so my friend who now lives abroad became emotional, nostalgic.  This fellow does never come on a Facebook messenger as he is too busy.

So I was surprised to receive two sudden flash messages from him. There was the First clipping – a Video about Satya Sai Baba Hospital which has gone viral and I thought – “HOW THOUGHTFUL to remember the Old man and think about his health”.  And then I saw the second one – with someone playing Guitar and the famous Tune of COME SEPTEMBER which was my delight in my yesteryears! WOW! I said.  A message followed and it changed every thing!  “Some of my OLD FRIENDS will identify this tune!”

That did not make my day! I said, what does he think I am old, I am only a Babyboomer Generation guy 🙂 . I do have some ‘Senior -Brain fog, groggy moments” but I remember to eat my sugarfree Dark Chocolates and Goji Berries or berries of all kinds to keep me going. But OLD FRIENDS? 🙂 That did not certainly go well with the Tune which is so ALIVE and BEAUTIFUL to listen to.

What do you think.  I said Thank you friend.  It brought back some old memories and the Nostalgia ! Thanks again.

 

 

What a fabulous day! Dear Friends, I am Grateful!

What did I do Right today? Which side of the bed did I get out from?  I just shared others content which I appreciated and felt like sharing. I did not add my own article/s today. By the time of my writing with the kindness of all friends, the number has inflated to 176 and I am most grateful for your kindness! It encourages me.  During this month I had 3500 Page views and 2275 Likes. My All in page views was much lesser than this all these years and once I began to follow you all, and wrote comments on your posts, my following also rose and so did your appreciation conveyed in your Likes. i Love this. Never before have I watched this number so closely.

 

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Mentors’s Dementors – Brainfogged ?

Are you in search of a brain fog treatment? Well, I embarked on my own personal journey to learn more about the pros and cons of consuming gluten. I ran across a common theme: clouding of the mind. It is also known conventionally as mental fog or “brain fog,” due to the consumption of foods containing gluten. Conversely, I found that many who were omitting gluten from their diets, either voluntarily or on a physician’s recommendation, noted improvements in memory and mental clarity. If you’ve ever put your car keys in the freezer by mistake, looked for your car in the wrong section of the parking lot, or simply couldn’t think clearly for seemingly no reason at all, you may be able to relate.

Often chalked up to a “normal part of getting older,” symptoms of brain fog include mild confusion, forgetfulness and/or the inability to think clearly. But this doesn’t have to be your fate!

Certain foods such as artificial sweeteners and dairy have been linked to mental fog. However, more and more physicians are discovering that mental fog is quite strongly linked to gluten intolerance. Within weeks of eliminating gluten from my own diet, I noticed an ability to think more clearly.

Luckily, there are several foods that have been associated with improved cognitive performance that are naturally gluten free. Tired of losing your keys? Here are six foods you can reach for to clear up mental fog and boost your brain health:

Foods for Brain Fog Treatment
1. Avocados: Avocado is high in oleic acid. This fatty acid that plays a role in protecting neurons. Along with other omega fatty acids, oleic acid helps make up the myelin sheath. This lining on neurons helps information in your brain travel at speeds of up to 200 miles per hour. Avocados also increase healthy blood flow which promotes increased brain function. It also improves heart health. For an effective brain fog treatment, throw some avocado on your salad or spread some on your sandwich and super charge your brain for those holiday events.

2. Blueberries: Also called “brainberries” by Dr. Steven Platt, MD author of Superfoods Rx: Fourteen Foods Proven to Change Your Life, blueberries have one of the highest antioxidant capacities of all fruits and vegetables. They are known to improve memory and cognitive function. Blueberries have memory-protecting properties. They have even been associated with the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. Add some blueberries to your breakfast and you may not need to check that to-do list several times throughout the day.

3. Beans: Not only are beans wallet-friendly, they also help stabilize blood sugar levels. They slow how your body processes carbohydrates. Our brains need a steady stream of energy and beans do the job. By adding more beans to your diet, you add some carb-like texture to your meals without consuming any gluten.

4. Nuts and seeds: One ounce a day can reduce inflammation and promote brain fog treatment. They provide you with a great source of protein and satisfy your appetite. In addition to having a high fiber content, nuts and seeds are packed with vitamins, minerals, and brain-boosting omega fats. They have a positive impact on your brain and heart health. For an easy snack on-the-go, reach for almonds, walnuts, pistachios, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds (pumpkin seeds are specifically beneficial for men).

5. Wild Salmon: High levels of omega-3 fatty acids in addition to astaxanthin, B vitamins, and amino acids make wild salmon a winner for improving cognitive function. There is a wealth of research supporting omega 3’s role in brain health preservation. B vitamins and amino acids boost everyday brain function.

6. Dark chocolate: The powerful antioxidant properties of dark chocolate and natural stimulants help enhance focus. They also improve concentration and stimulate the production of endorphins. These help to not only support brain health, but improve mood, too. One to two Hershey Kiss-size pieces of dark chocolate a day will provide all the benefits you need. So, don’t feel guilty reaching for that piece of dark chocolate. It will help you think more clearly and cheer you up.

Sources:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/333669-foods-that-cause-brain-fog/
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stress
http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/eat-smart-healthier-brain
http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/eat-smart-healthier-brain?page=2

via Brain Fog Treatment: 6 Foods That Clear Brain Fog | Live in the Now

No. I can not be your friend. I liked this article. Sharing.

Some loves last a lifetime, others as long as they were meant to.
I know that we could’ve been something incredible and perhaps the best thing to happen to either one of us. But we didn’t. Instead, a combination of life, physical distance, existential crisis, excuses, and hesitation crept in and pushed us just far enough apart for other things to come in. For other priorities. For other people.

It didn’t fall apart all in one day, but sometimes it feels like it did.

One moment, you were the only person who I could think about — the one who kept me up at night with your words and conversations, the one who took up so much space in me. The next, you were still all I could think about — but this time it was wondering if I should’ve tried harder to hold onto you. You were still keeping me up at night — all the words I never said haunting me and almost having me spill them all out to you far too late for them to matter anymore. You still took up all this space in me — and then left the gaping hole behind once we stopped talking to each other.

Life did go on, though. It has a funny way of doing that — choosing to keep moving forward even when part of your world feels like it stopped. So we both moved forward, too. I started a different path, and I honestly was happier with it than I expected.

“Sometimes when I look at you, I feel I’m gazing at a distant star.
It’s dazzling, but the light is from tens of thousands of years ago.
Maybe the star doesn’t even exist anymore. Yet sometimes that light seems more real to me than anything.”
When really good things happen, I still think to tell you. When certain things happen in my life that I know only you would really understand, it takes everything in me not to send you a message. I still wonder about your life and how things are going for you. I think about reaching out to you more times than I would admit, but I don’t.

Because for one reason or another, we didn’t fight to keep each other in our lives. We didn’t try to save whatever we had from the damage that inevitably appeared; we chose to let the ship sink. No one can point fingers and assign blame. These days, we live lives without each other, and perhaps it’s for the best. But we don’t need to see how the other is doing now that we know that we aren’t part of the picture.

For me, even after all this time, it would be too hard to hold on and try to keep you in the forefront of my life, although sometimes there is nothing I want more, and so I let go, because I am too scared of falling into pieces again. It would be still too hard to watch you move on with somebody else, even if she makes you happier than we would’ve been together. Slowly, I have developed this new instinct for avoiding the emotional rollercoaster you could start in my soul. So I control myself, I keep my feet on the ground and I eliminate any visual stimulus, no pictures, no social networks, no hidden digital stocking. This is what they call self-discipline. This is what I call self-protection.

I know that in the end, it doesn’t really matter why we lost the paradise that we once built so carefully together. All that matters is that I still want all the best things for you: to find someone who loves you better, to be successful in your passions, to live the live you always hoped you would, even if I do not want to be around to see it.

So believe me when I say that it is better for us not to be friends.

But it doesn’t make me miss you any less.

via No, we cannot be friends. – P.S. I Love You

Inadequacy. I read this and liked it instantly.

There is one quote that comes into my mind after reading this:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’

Actually, who are you not to be?

Your playing small does not serve the world.

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine, as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Selfless service is Karma

BE TRUE KARMA YOGIS – SERVE WITH SELFLESSNESS—

A discussion ensued about rendering social service. Baba made the following comments:

The activities you are engaged in of serving the nation and the people in a way are good. But to acquire the full bliss through karma yoga, there is only one sure-fire way and method. And that is, while rendering service, there should not be the least thought or feeling of “I serve … I do this work.” Real service requires selflessness and should be done selflessly. There should not be the least thought of “I-ness” or “I do this.” Because such egoistic thoughts create pride, which gives rise to extremely dense and deep sanskaras, and it is most difficult to eradicate these types of sanskaras.

People all over the world do some kind of service. Some serve their community and some their country. But in their service, the degree of egoistic self-respect and selfishness is immense. Some serve to bring their name into the newspapers, some with a view to be looked upon highly, some to gain prominence and applause, and some to appear good and decent in the eyes of others. Thus everyone serves with an ulterior motive of selfish ambition or pride, and this is not serving at all. What is done is all useless, worthless and totally meaningless.

Be true karma yogis! Serve, but serve with absolute selflessness. Keeping your “I-ness” at arm’s length, serve in the name of Beloved God.

Lord Meher Online 1039-40
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What is love?

No amount of rites, rituals, ceremonies, worship, meditation, penance and remembrance can produce love in themselves. None of these are necessarily a sign of love.

On the contrary, those who sigh loudly and weep and wail have yet experience love. Love sets on fire the one who finds it. At the same time it seals his lips so that no smoke comes out.

Love is meant to be experienced and not disclosed. What is displayed is not love. Love is a secret which meant to remain a secret for the one who receives and keeps it.

——-AVATAR MEHERBABA

[Sahavas (in the company) of God, p-18, Meher Era Publication, Pune]
(© Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust)

I don’t agree with this QOTD – Do you

So what if you are a Warren Buffet,  I have a mind of my own and I choose to differ with you, Sir.  If the following quote was true – there would be no fluctuations in the Stock prices you invest, your stock values would never come down.

Everything that we do by rote, by discipline, by habit surely does a few things. For e.g. My walks burn calories but as the walking distance reduces with my walking speed the calorie burn rate my not reduce as I walk for more time.  Consequently, the weight loss may not be the same.  I have 4 years of daily data on self which proves this point.

But then, who wants to take cudgels with the Richest and Respected man like Mr. Buffet who in his own right is a role model for me who never invests in stocks.  but sometimes, the quotes which are attributed to them and go viral on social media do not rightly capture, the moment when it was said, the context etc.

What do you think? It is difficult to change habits for us as adults and it is also difficult to continue doing every day, the same thing ain’t it?

Yo

u keep doing the same things and you get the same result over again.

—Warren Buffett

 

Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Lighten up on yourself. No one is perfect. Gently accept your humanness.”

— Deborah Day

QOTD

Ethel Waters

“We are all gifted. That is our inheritance.”

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Tom Brokaw

“It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.”

via Today’s Quote https://ift.tt/2LjTEIJ May 22, 2018 at 10:33AM
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Ezra Pound

“Either move or be moved.”

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George S. Patton

“Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.”

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George Santayana

“The Soul is the voice of the body’s interests.”

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The Master’s message

I’m a wayfarer an walk average 15km daily now to reduce weight and reverse heart disease.

“ Places and physical conditions do not matter where longing and determination are deep and strong. It is not a question of patient, endless walking, for example. It matters how and where you walk — in which direction.

You may walk and walk for years, but if it is in the wrong direction it is a waste of energy and time. If you go further away, of course you do come back when the time comes, but it is such a long process.”

Lord Meher Online 1813
Photo Courtesy. Meher Baba Travels

1st Meetup of Mentor MasterClass

We had our first meeting of the Meetup Jay Parkhe’s Mentor Master Class yesterday at Just Practicals’ Sierra Cartel Business Centre.

To begin with we had 3A’s ( All new members who joined had their names beginning from A – Is this a good Omen?  Looks like we are off to a AAA rated starte.

Great introductions as all three are in 29-32 age range, One of them on the way to be a Startpreneur and other two in the Ideation mode.   It was a great exchange of ideas, examples of successes and failures Jay’s mentoring Approaches and way forward.

 

Radical Self Confidence

Self-confidence is a must for all of us- no matter which stage of our life journey we are in.

It doesn’t matter what our role looks like:

  • Whether we’ve lost ourselves in career or business

  • Whether we’re feeling lonely post-breakup or just lonely in a crowd or enjoying our solitude and the feelings of Quietude.

  • Whether we’re speaking on a stage or whispering our secret to a friend for the very first time

  • Whether our business came crashing and we are on the threshold of bankruptcy suddenly.

  • Whether our Revenue sources have dried and all our efforts to bring the derailed business back – fail due to lack of interest, apathy or our mental STATE.

  • We shall need radical self-confidence.

  1. Much of this sounds like saying “Close But No Cigar”

    Meaning: 

    Coming close to a successful outcome only to fall short at the end, we see our miserable situation while negatively imagining that others have no sympathy and they are laughing at us. 

    We shall Radical Self-Confidence to overcome the situation.

  2. We will have no choice but to “Go Out On a Limb”

    Meaning: 

    Putting ourselves in a risky situation in order to help somebody, or to hazard a guess about what could be the best possible way out of this jam.

We shall Need Radical Self-Confidence to over come the situation.

Story Generator App :) Interesting find.

Picturesque Moscow

A Short Story
by me

Charity Godfrey was thinking about Wenna Thornton again. Wenna was a cowardly friend with slimy legs and moist thighs.

Charity walked over to the window and reflected on her idyllic surroundings. She had always hated picturesque Moscow with its vacant, vigorous volcanoes. It was a place that encouraged her tendency to feel sad.

Then she saw something in the distance, or rather someone. It was the a cowardly figure of Wenna Thornton.

Charity gulped. She glanced at her own reflection. She was a cold-blooded, rude, whiskey drinker with beautiful legs and fragile thighs. Her friends saw her as a panicky, pickled patient. Once, she had even saved a colossal old man that was stuck in a drain.

But not even a cold-blooded person who had once saved a colossal old man that was stuck in a drain, was prepared for what Wenna had in store today.

The sun shone like thinking goldfish, making Charity delighted. Charity grabbed a cursed sandwich that had been strewn nearby; she massaged it with her fingers.

As Charity stepped outside and Wenna came closer, she could see the oily smile on her face.

Wenna gazed with the affection of 7074 violent mute monkeys. She said, in hushed tones, “I love you and I want less communication.”

Charity looked back, even more delighted and still fingering the cursed sandwich. “Wenna, what a spiffing dress,” she replied.

They looked at each other with concerned feelings, like two sleepy, sparkling snakes loving at a very mean accident, which had jazz music playing in the background and two tactless uncles talking to the beat.

Charity studied Wenna’s slimy legs and moist thighs. Eventually, she took a deep breath. “I’m sorry,” began Charity in apologetic tones, “but I don’t feel the same way, and I never will. I just don’t love you Wenna.”

Wenna looked relaxed, her emotions raw like a motionless, mammoth map.

Charity could actually hear Wenna’s emotions shatter into 9900 pieces. Then the cowardly friend hurried away into the distance.

Not even a glass of whiskey would calm Charity’s nerves tonight.

THE END

Auto Praise for Picturesque Moscow

“I feel like I know Charity Godfrey. In a way, it feels as though I’ve always known her.”
– The Daily Tale
“About as enjoyable as being hailed on whilst taking in washing that has been targeted by seagulls with the squits.”
– Enid Kibbler
“Saying the sun shone like thinking goldfish is just the kind of literary device that makes this brilliant.”
– Hit the Spoof
“I could do better.”
– Zob Gloop

Influence and Impact

  1. We become what we expose ourselves to.
  2. We become who we hang out with,
  3. who we listen to,
  4. the shows we watch,
  5. the books we read, etc.

 

We have to be sensible about what we expose ourselves to and about how much time we spend in the company of those influences.

And we must seek out more alone time for ourselves, in quietude and close to nature. If we don’t do this, we’ll lose ourselves. We’ll become other people and lose our peace.

Sometimes it is better to just walk away from things

and go back to them later when you’re in a better frame of mind

Sometimes it is better to just walk away from things and go back to them later when you’re in a better frame of mind.

Try some of these to find your peace back.

  1. Answer the phone in a cheerful voice – even if it is a salesperson
  2. Try being a person who Wouldn’t Harm a Fly
    Meaning: 
    Nonviolent;  someone who is mild or gentle.
  3. Try not to make a Mountain Out of a Molehill
    Meaning: 
    One who escalates small things and turns them into big problems.
  4. And be like The shooter who says goodbye to his love.

 

Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“A man’s got to have a code, a creed to live by, no matter his job.”

— John Wayne

 

Random Acts of Kindness

  1. Help someone academically – lend them your study notes
  2. Offer to help your neighbours/friends with chores
  3. Visit a friend who’s sick
  4. Feeling brave? Give blood
  5. Leave a kind message anywhere (in a library book, on a computer etc.)

I will never be this young again. Ever. Oh damn… I just got older.

It is not my birthday but it will remain as a constant reminder of reaching an age post-retirement that constantly reminds of a few resolutions, few events and, few good, bad and ugly memories. Difficult to throw away like the pebble or the thorn that entered our Sandals and kept bothering us.

I know I will never be this young again. Ever. Oh damn… I just got older! 

What makes this memory not go away? It’s hard to stay connected – reach out to an elderly person you know.  Especially, if people you are mentoring are mostly milenials and rebel at heart, famous for breaking rules, ignoring parents’advice – you think they will listen to you, comply with your rules,  NO Way!

What they expect is equitable treatment of an Adult-Adult transaction, not the Parent-Child one which they have plenty at their respective homes. So I changed tracks on my birthday.  I also realized we cannot change an adult, we can not motivate anyone! And, I say this with experience.  Adults change themselves when they wish to and become determined to. ( My wife tries to change me so hard, but do I 🙂  No) .  Same is with Motivation. We are all motivated people.  We know what motivates or demotivates us. Our conscience tells us what is right or wrong for us, doesn’t it?  It remains as a murmur inside our brains dominated by negative emotions and all the pseudoness generating hormones? Doesn’t our Conscience become victim and is taken over by our own viscious mind’s CON-Science?  It does. Trust me on that.

So was I on “On Cloud Nine” ON my birthday couple of months ago? 

Meaning: 

Having strong feelings of happiness or satisfaction.  SADLY, No! 

So I generated a Random phrase and what came out was

Ride Him, Cowboy!

Meaning: 

A cheer people yell, usually at rodeos when cowboys are clinging to the backs of untamed horses.

But what a coincidence? This was an apt phrase describing my mental state.

There was no ice cream in the freezer, nor did I have money to go to the store, and  as I forgot to go to the ATM and draw cash. This is what Old Age does to you – Forgetful when needed but never let go of bad memories of past.

So do I feel I am Down And Out

Meaning: 

A term used in a boxing.

Or Someone who has become incapacitated.

I am happy to say, I am better that this.  I live life full even now and enjoy friends, online or offline. Enjoy the joy of my creation. Sometimes send long rants to friends or other times write blog or articles.  Meet new Startups, Mentees and Give back to society . So

Life is Good. Whether we are young or old.

Random Acts of Kindness

  1. Bake something for your family/friends

  2. Help someone improve, give them constructive feedback

  3. Someone looking lost? Help them with directions

  4. Who will be making dinner for your family today? Tag, you’re it!

  5. Know someone who is not coping very well? Give them a call

 

Random acts of kindness

  1. Lend a friend a book you think they’d like
  2. Make a conscious effort to recycle
  3. Put your phone down and have a conversation with a friend
  4. Write a complimentary note for someone
  5. Someone wronged you? Forgive them
  6. Smile at a stranger

I was very proud of my nickname throughout my life – What’s in a Name?

I was very proud of

my nickname

throughout my life,

but today-

I couldn’t be any different

to what my nickname was.

She told me she won’t use

my nickname again

It so happened,

I said Let me help you with

your baggage and bagasse’

and let’s throw this

into the Sky

with all our might.

But he was too short

to see over the fence.

A song such as this

could make or ruin

a person’s day

if one lets it get to us.

She did her best to help him.

and checked to make sure

that I was still alive and

The mysterious diary

recorded the voice.

but today-

I couldn’t be any different

to what my nickname was.

When I was little

I had a car door slammed shut

on my hand.

I still remember it

quite vividly.

but today-

I couldn’t be any different

to what my nickname was.

The shooter said goodbye to his love.

My Nick Name – WAS – JAYA 🙂

AND Now I know what’s in a Name anyway?

 

 

Does Macho prove Mucho? :) Plot Thickens. See the Random quotes.

Swinging For the Fences

Meaning: 

Giving something your all.

Lickety Split

Meaning: 

To go at a quick pace; no delaying!

 

“Macho does not prove mucho.“via Funny Quote of the Day https://ift.tt/2ipz5RAZxa Zsa GaborI am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man I keep his house.Zsa Zsa Gabor 

Zsa Zsa Gabor (born Sári Gábor, February 61917 – December 182016) was a Hungarian-American actress and socialite.

Quotes

  • A man in love is incomplete until he has married. Then he’s finished.
    • Newsweek, March 28, 1960
  • I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man, I keep his house.
    • How to Catch a Man, Keep a Man, and Get Rid of a Man (Doubleday, 1970)

Milton Fried man Prize for Ladies in White! WOW!

 CONGRATULATIONS ! 

The Cato Institute has presented Cuba’s Ladies in White (Damas de Blanco) with the 2018 Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty, a $250,000 biennial award presented to a group or individual who has made a significant contribution to advance human freedom. The Ladies in White have a simple message: The political prisoners of Cuba are our sons, brothers, and our husbands. They must not be forgotten.“All who labor in the name of freedom take great inspiration from — and feel a tremendous debt to — courageous people who risk everything to stand up to oppression. The Ladies in White are a stirring example,” said Peter Goettler, president and CEO of the Cato Institute.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ladies in White (Damas de Blanco) have a simple message: The political prisoners of Cuba are our sons, our brothers, and our husbands. They must not be forgotten.

Every Sunday, the Ladies in White gather, or attempt to gather, for Mass at Saint Rita de Casia Church in Havana, followed by a procession down Fifth Avenue. They wear white to symbolize the peaceful nature of their protest, and each wears a photograph of a loved one who is in prison. For this the authorities have constantly harassed them and organized mob violence against them.

The movement began on March 18, 2003, when journalist Héctor Maseda Gutiérrez was arrested in his home in Havana and sentenced to 20 years in prison for criticizing the regime of Fidel Castro. His case drew worldwide attention, with Amnesty International calling him a prisoner of conscience and demanding his release. Around 75 others were arrested at the same time, in an incident that has been called the Black Spring. All have since left prison, though not unconditionally, with the majority having had to leave Cuba. Since that time, sporadic arrests of journalists, lawyers, and other intellectuals have continued in Cuba, belying the myth that with normalized relations, Cuba’s human rights record would improve. If anything, it has deteriorated.

Two weeks after Maseda was arrested, his wife Laura Pollán Toledo brought together a group of wives, mothers, sisters, and daughters of the imprisoned to pray for their loved ones. They have continued to gather each Sunday, and the movement has since spread to other churches throughout Cuba. Although they are not a political party and do not have an overtly political program, they seek freedom of expression for all and the release of prisoners of conscience in Cuba. In recognition of their courage, the Ladies in White were the 2005 recipients of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, awarded by the European Parliament. The Cuban government prohibited them from attending the award ceremony in Strasbourg, France.

In 2015 Berta Soler, one of the leaders of the group, told the U.S. Senate, “Our aspirations are legitimate…. Our demands are quite concrete: freedom for political prisoners, recognition of civil society, the elimination of all criminal dispositions that penalize freedom of expression and association and the right of the Cuban people to choose their future through free, multiparty elections. We believe these demands are just and valid. Even more importantly, for us they represent the most concrete exercise of politics, a step in the direction of democratic coexistence. Cuba will change when the laws that enable and protect the criminal behavior of the forces of repression and corrupt elements that sustain the regime change.”

As the first step, the Ladies in White demand the release of all political prisoners. The outlook for many of the prisoners is grim; prison conditions are deplorable, visits are rare, and even their mail is intercepted by the authorities. And the Ladies themselves have faced increasing police harassment and arrest in recent years, as the Cuban government tries to hide-but not correct-its habit of quashing dissent. Laura Pollán died in 2011 under gravely suspicious circumstances. But the movement she founded continues: The Ladies in White will meet, pray, and bear witness every Sunday until Cuba’s political prisoners are freed.

Intolerance to difference – Good, bad, ugly?

I would not generalise, and would not attribute any of the three above. Tolerance in India has come to mean – Tolerating+Nonsense right politicians to some members of thof even the general public . So does that make the two negatives i.e. adding IN as a prefix – POSITIVE. No. I am afraid not.

But, I came across this great quote which I like as a Drawing and Painting Artist amateur and Art Critic.

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” -Vincent van Gogh

See if you can agree and appreciate the Great Artist.

Awakening latent Dreams!

According to Freud, every dream represents a wish fulfillment. Dreams are representative of the imaginary fulfillment of a wish or impulse in early childhood before such wishes have been repressed.

Sometimes you meet someone and your gut makes you judgemental immediately, without knowing anything about people.To Freud, dreams were all about wish fulfillment.

The manifest content of the dream masked the true wishes and desires of the dreamer, which were revealed in the latent content.

In the ‘falling’ dream example, Freud might have said that the act of falling represented giving into a sexual urge.

like someone is “Not the Sharpest Tool in the Shed”

Meaning: 

Someone who isn’t witty or sharp, but rather,

they are ignorant, unintelligent, or senseless.

It is a daunting task to go deeper and find the latent dreams of such people. They are dreamers too, and they have a subconscious. Sometimes it gives them messages, signals but they are so subtle, soft and noiseless that people tend to forget them let alone take notice of them.

Freud believed that the content of dreams is related to wish fulfillment and suggested that dreams have two types of contentmanifest content and latent content. The manifest content is the actual literal subject matter of the dream while the latent content is the underlying meaning of these symbols

Whatever a Mentor can do to Awaken the Dreamer’s Dreams it remains that

Money Doesn’t Grow On Trees

Meaning: 

Suggests that money is a resource that must be earned and is not one that’s easily acquired.

 

Thus said my Guru and Mentor 

Penance should not be like everyday repentance which follows everyday weaknesses. It should not become a tedious and sterile habit of immoderate and gloomy pondering over one’s own failings.

Sincere penance does not consist in perpetuating grief for the wrongs, but in resolving to avoid in the future those deeds which call forth remorse.

Discourses 1, p 74
By Meher Baba
Avatar Meher Baba Trust e-book
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My new affirmation, My new Paradigm

 New Affirmation

I am quite happy and grateful as
I understand how to identify and change my life paradigms
it gives me the power to be,

do and have
ANYTHING I truly want.

Drew Carey

Did you know…

… that today is Drew Carey’s birthday (1958)? Carey is an American stand-up comedian, actor, singer, dancer, host, television personality, voice artist, and comedian, best known for his black-rimmed glasses. Whew, busy guy! Happy birthday, Drew. 🙂

~~~

Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Learn how to set goals. That’s the key to everything. That includes designing your own success. You define what the goal is, it’s not somebody else’s goal, it’s yours.”

— Drew Carey

The Ultimate Dream

Where do we want to b?.

What is our desired place we see?

What is the Ultimate Place we wish to be?

A Dreamer knows Inside OUT and Outside IN!

We do tend to forget the dream and live life

Going with the flow,

mostly aimlessly.

Dreams give us Purpose, Goals, Ambitions, and Aims – albeit sub-consciously.

Mentors are awakener and constantly hammer, chisel, sculpt the mouldable Mentees/  into their Actionable Plans, often as Accountability Partners with joint responsibility.

Isn’t it your idea too that you can have a thriving business built on helping people and improving the world the ultimate dream?

It’s possible.

In case you didn’t know – the Personal Development/ Life Coaching/ Mentoring Industry is not just about feeling good.

According to Wikipedia and Psychology Today, this is a more than $11 Billion dollar industry – and growing.

It is Growing at a rapid pace and will continue to always help more lives with their positive impact – the question we should be asking ourself isn’t, ‘Can I be successful at this?’ …

it’s ‘How big of a mark do I want to make?’, and

‘What am I willing to do to make it happen?”

There is no limit to the amount of income or the satisfaction you can gain from teaching people how to unleash their unlimited potential and awaken their latent dreams.

I’ve been studying why people do what they do for nearly half a century.  .

Mentoring Dreamers to Awaken their Dreams.

Give the spark that may get fanned and become High rise flames and Fire

Begin to light we must ignite the latent subconscious and fight for our Right.

I Wake up the dreamers and demand their need for rights
In the dead corner of their hippocampus lies a sleeping, latent WISH

In the dead of the night,

the mentor makes you set your sights  and

warns of the dangers of letting it remain dormant,

hibernating, not knowing, never knowing

What is inside your brain –

the latent  Potentials and Dreams
Mentor calls for your arms

to begin the Motion arising out of this E Motion.
There are goodbyes and there are no second glances
For in the middle,

We, we see the glimpse
Of the mass of wishes wanting to come alive and

take control of our FOCUS our FUTURE.
They CREATE our desire to  fight

the life’s battles ahead to make these dreams come true.

We’re living trees of our own anarchy
Mentees take hands
It’s our time to give this life its only chance
Not one step back
A Pure Heart will take a stand

Inner liberation thrills
Echoing through the hearts

the beginning of our new being

Take pride as this is the vision for us to live by or die, or die

We”re coming
Light the Spark we must ignite we fire to fight begin our night
We’re coming

 

Inspired by the Story by Chanakya.

चाणक्य नीति: जानिए किन लोगों की मदद न करें और रहें दूर
आचार्य चाणक्य ने अपनी एक नीति में 3 ऐसे लोगों के बारे में बताया है जिनकी मदद न करें और उनसे दूर रहें।

चाणक्य नीति में आचार्य कौटिल्य ने अपनी एक नीति में बताया है कि किन लोगों की मदद नहीं करनी चाहिए वरना आप खुद परेशानी में पड़ सकते हैं। आचार्य चाणक्य ने बताया कि कुछ लोग ऐसे होते हैं जिनकी मदद करने पर आप स्वयं मुश्किल में पड़ सकते हैं। समय, काल, परिस्थिति, धर्म और नीतियों को ध्यान में रखकर आचार्य चाणक्य ने कुछ लोगों को वर्ग विशेष में बांटा है। इसके अनुसार उन्होंने बुद्धि और चतुराई के उपयोग से कुछ ज्ञान की बाते बताई हैं। जानिए ये 3 लोग कौन हैं जिनकी मदद कभी नहीं करनी चाहिए

-चाणक्य ने अपने श्लोक में बताया है कि – मूर्खाशिष्योपदेशेन दुष्टास्त्रीभरणेन च।
दु:खिते सम्प्रयोगेण पंडितोऽप्यवसीदति।

1. मूर्ख व्यक्ति -आचार्य ने जिन लोगों से दूर रहने की बात कही है, उसमें पहला व्यक्ति है मूर्ख। यदि हम किसी मूर्ख व्यक्ति को जानते हैं तो उससे दूर ही रहना चाहिए। मूर्ख व्यक्ति को ज्ञान देने की कोशिश भी न करें। हम मूर्ख को ज्ञान देकर उसकी भलाई करने की सोचते हैं, लेकिन मूर्ख व्यक्ति इस बात को नहीं समझेगा। ये लोग फिजूल तर्क-वितर्क करते हैं, जिससे हमारे समय का नुकसान होगा। इसीलिए ऐसे लोगों से दूर ही रहना चाहिए।

2. बुरे चरित्र वाला व्यक्ति – यदि किसी ऐसे व्यक्ति को जानते हैं, जिसका चरित्र ठीक नहीं है तो उससे दूर रहने में ही समझदारी है। ऐसी लोगों की भलाई करने पर या इनकी मदद करने पर भी हमारा ही नुकसान होना है। ऐसे लोगों के संपर्क में रहने से समाज और घर-परिवार में श्रेष्ठ व्यक्ति को भी अपमानित होना पड़ता है। जो लोग धर्म से भटक जाते हैं, वे स्वयं तो पाप करते ही हैं और दूसरों को भी पाप के रास्ते पर ले जाते हैं। इसीलिए ऐसे लोगों से दूर ही रहना चाहिए।

3. हमेशा बिना वजह दुखी रहने वाला व्यक्ति – चाणक्य कहते हैं कि जो लोग अपने जीवन से संतुष्ट नहीं हैं और हमेशा ही दुखी रहते हैं, उनसे दूर रहना चाहिए। इन लोगों की भलाई करने पर भी हमें दुख ही मिलता है। ऐसे लोगों का जीवन चाहे कितना भी अच्छा क्यों न हो जाए ये हमेशा दुखी रहते हैं। ये लोग दूसरों के सुख से ईर्ष्या करते हैं और कोसते रहते हैं। इस प्रकार ईर्ष्या भाव रखने वाले और बिना वजह दुखी रहने वाले लोगों से भी दूर रहने में हमारी भलाई है।

Knowing this will make you give less of a f*ck about what others think I worry too much about what other people think of me. sharing article from Medium.

Knowing this will make you give less of a f*ck about what others think
I worry too much about what other people think of me.

via Knowing this will make you give less of a f*ck about what others think

Mean machine or Meaning making Machine – who am I ?

Dealing with perceptions

in my mind’s eyes

hoping against hope

my presuppositions

my cognitive bias

my hyper criticism brutally

and honestly delivered

Reacted fiercely

Mean machine or Meaning making Machine – who am I ?

Interpreted differently

Forgetting all the time

There could be another way

May be it means something else

Meanings, judgements passed

Mean machine or Meaning making Machine – who am I ?

Forgetting our Being Human!

The tendencies to err

To become ruthless

Behave unnaturally with vengeance

Mean machine or Meaning making Machine – who am I ?

In the meaningless repetitive

Arguments to prove us Right

Leaving sanity, wisdom

Ignoring subtle visible facts

Getting self centred

Mean machine or Meaning making Machine – who am I ?

To prove I’m always right

No remorse, no feelings and

Emotions towards others

No empathy no sympathy

Mean machine or Meaning making Machine – who am I ?

Being mean before we know it

Mean machines we become

And wonder

Mean machine or

Meaning making Machine –

who am I ?

Is that me?

Who have I become

A Moron, a sadist

A masochist

Or just Mean machine or Meaning making Machine – who am I ?

(Writing poetry after many years! It needs a deep provocation, a shining up a mentors huge stick! And it just flowed)

Awakening Truth in Mentees

Spiritual Mentorship: Awakening Truth in Others

via Spiritual Mentorship: Awakening Truth in Others | HuffPost

Conversational Narcissist :)

I was once labelled as MR. TALKIES. And I just took over a Meet up club called TalkWiz which I renamed as TALKWIZArds Club.

via Conversation is a skill. Here’s how to be better at it | Ladders

conversational narcissist is the one that keeps taking the ball from the game of catch and not ever passing it back.

 

Why Getting Out Of Your Comfort Zone Is Overrated. Good article on Medium. Test yourself on 5 assessments.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

via Why Getting Out Of Your Comfort Zone Is Overrated – Personal Growth – Medium

Don’t know if they are his words but i love this morning wish

thank you my friend on WhatsApp for these kind wishes.

4/23, 10:21] Nilesh Tiwari: ज्ञान से शब्द समझ में आते हैं
और
अनुभव से अर्थ…

🌹💐🙏 सुप्रभातम्🙏💐🌹
[4/24, 09:52] Nilesh Tiwari: विदेश मे विद्या ही धन हैं,
ब्यापार मे बुद्धि ही धन हैं,
परलोक मे धर्म ही धन हैं,
विद्या सब जगह धन हैं

🌹💐🙏 सुप्रभातम्🙏💐🌹
[4/25, 10:03] Nilesh Tiwari: बड़ा आदमी बनना अच्छी बात है, लेकिन अच्छा आदमी बनना बहुत बड़ी बात है।

🌺🌹🙏 सुप्रभातम् 🌺🌹🙏
[4/26, 09:47] Nilesh Tiwari: रिश्ते बरकरार रखने की
सिर्फ एक ही शर्त है ,
भावना देखें ,
संभावना नहीं

🌹💐🙏 सुप्रभातम्🙏💐🌹
[4/27, 09:51] Nilesh Tiwari: मुझे गिरते हुए पत्तों ने यह समझाया है….
.
बोझ बन जाओगे तो अपने भी गिरा देते हैं….
🌹💐🙏 सुप्रभातम्🙏💐🌹
[4/28, 09:35] Nilesh Tiwari: हवाएं मौषम का रुख बदल देती है …
और दुवाएँ मुसीबत का..

🌹💐🙏🏻सुप्रभातम्💐🌹🙏🏻
[4/29, 11:58] Nilesh Tiwari: सुख के लालच में ही…

नये दु:ख का जन्म होता है…

🌹💐🙏🏻 सुप्रभातम् 🙏🏻💐🌹
[4/30, 09:45] Nilesh Tiwari: ✍🏻…
सुखी वही है…..जिसे
पता चल चुका है…..!
कि….इस संसार में….
सुखी कोई भी नहीं है!
🌹💐🙏 सुप्रभातम्🙏💐🌹
[5/2, 10:02] Nilesh Tiwari: हुनर तो सबमें होता है,
फर्क बस इतना है
किसी का छिप जाता है
और किसी का छप जाता है ।।
💐🌹🙏 सुप्रभातम्🙏💐🌹
[5/3, 09:49] Nilesh Tiwari: ✍✍✍✍✍✍✍✍✍

“”जीवन एक ऐसा रंगमंच है..””

“”जहाँ किरदार को..
खुद नही पता होता कि…
अगला दृश्य क्या होगा..!!””

🌺👏🌺 सुप्रभात💐🙏💐
[5/4, 10:12] Nilesh Tiwari: रिश्तो में झुकना

कोई अजीब बात नही,

सूरज भी तो ढल

जाता है चाँद के लिए.

🌹💐🙏 सुप्रभातम्🙏💐🌹
[5/5, 09:56] Nilesh Tiwari: रख लो आईने हज़ार ,
तसल्ली के लिए ,,,,,

पर —
सच के लिए तो —
आँखें ही मिलानी पड़ेगी !

🌹💐🙏 सुप्रभातम्🙏💐🌹
[5/7, 10:08] Nilesh Tiwari: जब छोटे थे तब बड़ी बड़ी
बातो में बह गए
और….
जब बड़े हुए तब छोटी-छोटी
बातो मे बिखर गए।
🌹💐🙏 सुप्रभातम्🙏💐🌹
[5/8, 09:39] Nilesh Tiwari: अहमियत
उनकी ज्यादा होती है
अहम
जिनमें कम होते हैं!
🌹💐🙏 सुप्रभातम्🙏🏻💐🌹
[5/9, 10:03] Nilesh Tiwari: ✍🏻….
एहसास की नमी बेहद जरुरी है हर रिश्ते में …..

वरना रेत भी सूखी हो तो निकल जाती है हाथों से।

💐🌹🙏🏻 सुप्रभातम्🙏🏻🌹💐
[5/10, 09:31] Nilesh Tiwari: 🥀
स्वयं में ‘आस्था’ है
तो

बंद द्वार में भी ‘रास्ता’ है..

💐🌹🙏 सुप्रभातम्🙏🌹💐
[5/11, 10:27] Nilesh Tiwari: विरासत मे हर बार ….जायदाद ही
नही मिलती…दोस्तो..

कई बार जिम्मेदारीयाँ भी ….मिल जाती है…!!!

💐🌹🙏 सुप्रभातम्🙏🌹💐
[5/12, 10:16] Nilesh Tiwari: कौन है,
जिसे कमी नहीं है.

आसमां के पास भी,
ज़मीं नहीं है.
🌺🌹🙏 सुप्रभातम्🙏🌹🌺
[5/13, 09:58] Nilesh Tiwari: “आज” वही कल है ,,

जिस कल की फिक्र, तुम्हें कल थी ।

🌺🌹🙏 सुप्रभातम्🙏🌹🌺
[5/14, 10:21] Nilesh Tiwari: बेहतरीन होता है वो रिश्ता
.
.
जो तकरार होने के बाद भी सिर्फ एक मुस्कुराहट पर पहले जैसा हो जाए…..।।

🌺🌹🙏 सुप्रभातम्🙏🌹🌺
[5/15, 10:39] Nilesh Tiwari: जिंदगी एक खेल है, यह आप पर निर्भर है कि, आप खिलाड़ी बनना चाहते हैं या खिलौना

💐🌹🙏 सुप्रभातम्🙏🌹💐
[5/16, 10:40] Nilesh Tiwari: जब से सभी के अलग अलग मकान हो गए…..

पुरा बचपन साथ बिताने वाले भाई भी, आज एक दूसरे के मेहमान हो गए…

💐🌺🙏 सुप्रभातम🙏🌺💐
[5/17, 10:13] Nilesh Tiwari: ✍🏻….
एहसास की नमी बेहद जरुरी है हर रिश्ते में …..

वरना रेत भी सूखी हो तो निकल जाती है हाथों से।

🌺🌹 🙏🏻 सुप्रभातम्🙏🏻🌹🌺
[5/19, 12:19] Nilesh Tiwari: “वो दिन बहुत अच्छे थे ,

घडी सिर्फ एक के पास थी ,
आैर समय सभी के पास था…!!! ✍🏻
अब घडी सभी के पास है लेकिन समय किसी के पास नहीं।

🌹💐🙏 सुप्रभातम् 🙏💐🌹
[5/20, 09:54] Nilesh Tiwari: …✍

उम्र…
बिना रुके सफर कर रही है,

और हम…
ख़्वाहिशें लेकर वहीं खड़े हैं…!
🌺💐🙏 सुप्रभातम्🙏💐🌺
[5/21, 10:08] Nilesh Tiwari: 😃ये वक्त की नजाकत
और बदलते दौर
की मजबूरी है ।

लड़के को पराठे 🍪
और लड़की को कराटे 👊. सिखाना
बहुत जरूरी है ॥
💐🌺🙏 सुप्रभातम्🙏🌺💐
[5/22, 11:23] Nilesh Tiwari: “बातचीत”….

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If You’re Not Sure How a Male Author Would Describe You, Use Our Handy Chart. Interesting article from Electric Lit :)

If You’re Not Sure How a Male Author Would Describe You, Use Our Handy Chart

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Story from Medium I liked. sharing. Should and Must

The Crossroads of Should and Must
This is a story about two roads — Should and Must. It’s a pep talk for anyone who’s chosen Should for far too long — months, years, maybe a lifetime — and feels like it’s about time they gave Must a shot

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I like Satish Acharya’s Cartoons.

Vajubhai and Yeddyurappa at Karnataka Restaurant!: Vajubhai and Yeddyurappa at Karnataka Restaurant!

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UPS Longitude – A Newsletter worth subscribing. I like it.

Brands Haven't Kept Up with the Ways Customers Use Products

Brands Haven’t Kept Up with the Ways Customers Use Products

Antonis Kocheilas | Harvard Business Review

Here’s a truth: Many in the marketing industry today don’t really understand brands. Today, when there’s more of everything – more channels, more choice, more speed, more confusion – it’s fair to ask: What is a brand? To answer this question, we… Read more.

Want to Move Fast on a Strategic Opportunity?

Want to Move Fast on a Strategic Opportunity?

Amanda Setili | Setili & Associates

No doubt about it: We live in a rapidly changing world. Disruptive technologies, shifting customer behaviors and emerging business models are shaking up nearly every industry. If you are going to survive and succeed amid this change, you need to move in a fast and adaptable way. Yes … even… Read more.

Foreign Aid Enters a New Age of Accountability

Foreign Aid Enters a New Age of Accountability

Simon Moss | Global Citizen

“I don’t know why you’d bother giving money to help people overseas. It’s just wasted and taken by corrupt dictators.” I must have heard this comment (masquerading as a question) hundreds of times as I’ve spoken to audiences about the opportunities and challenges of ending extreme poverty by 2030. [pullquote… Read more.

Local Business Innovation Equips Off-Grid Households with Electricity

Local Business Innovation Equips Off-Grid Households with Electricity

Patrick Greene | University of Waterloo

If the old adage is true and necessity is the mother of invention, then ingenuity must surely be the father. Globally, 1.2 billion people live without access to electricity. Within this decade, the global off-grid solar energy market has grown complex and dynamic. [Photo: Power Africa/USAID] Initially, it was marked… Read more.

Getting in the Family Business

Getting in the Family Business

Mike Smith | Smith & Sons

Small business owner Mike Smith is passionate about the power of solar. The co-founder of Smith & Sons started his general contracting business with his father in the 1980s, when the two… Read more.

What Going with the flow means to me…

Going wih the flow doesn’t mean doing what everyone thinks I should do, or accept everything at face value, AS IT Is. (That’s Horizontal Thinking, IMHO which simply means taking things lying down, never raising a voice of dissent !)

It means not Opposing EVERYthing.

It means not some imperfections permitted, including in meticulous, scrupulous planning included.

It means not leaving behind your idiosyncracies, intrigues and enigmatic behavior.

It means focusing on your strengths, rather than trying to be great at everything in the world, all knowing, all potent (Omnipotent, omniscient) All powerful and putting people off with your autocracy, dominance and diffidence and superEgo!

It means trusting people, instead of living constantly in your cocoons of fears, of failure, of mistakes, failure attribution, sliminess and having to say sorry, thank you or using correct manners and etiquettes to suit the occasion.

Fascinating beliefs about Smell. via Listverse.

10 Fascinating Beliefs About Smell From The Past And Present

ALANNA AUSTIN 

 

Smell is the most underrated of the five senses (or six, nine, or more, depending on who you talk to). So many amazing experiences in the world would be nothing without smell—eating a delicious bowl of Thai green curry (or anything that’s made with garlic), revisiting a childhood home, or even Christmas.

Smell is also the most mystical of the senses because it’s much less tangible than taste or touch. Because of this, and because we’ve only recently begun to understand the science behind smell, there are many fascinating beliefs and theories in cultures all over the world about smell, some which have been disproved through modern science and some which have stood the test of time. These beliefs can tell us many interesting things about ourselves, our culture, and our noses.

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10Disease Is Spread Through Bad Smells

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Back before scientists developed the germ theory of disease and before they discovered that fleas were spreading the Black Death on the backs of rats (or gerbils), people believed that sickness was spread through miasma, or foul smells. The world “malaria” actually comes from the Latin, mal and aria, which translates to “bad air.”

Because of this, 17th-century doctors who treated plague patients wore beaked masks stuffed with sweet-smelling ingredients such as dried flowers and herbs. People did all sorts of strange things to try and protect themselves against these dangerous, stinky smells. They built bonfires in the streets and fumigated their houses. They blessed the pollutant-rich air of the cities because they believed coal-burning cleansed the air of disease. And some people put a goat in their house, which seems counterintuitive, but we are talking about people who put leeches on their bodies to get rid of sickness.[1]

9Humans Have A Weak Sense Of Smell Because We Have Free Will

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First of all, humans don’t have a weak sense of smell. We actually have a very strong sense of smell, possibly as strong as many animals. The idea that humans have a weak sense of smell can be traced back to a scientist named Paul Broca from the mid-19th century. He associated smell with impulsive reactions like those that animals have to smell, namely to eat and breed. He believed that because humans have free will, we can control what smell makes us do and therefore must not have an overpowering sense of smell. In other words, “I don’t smell, therefore I am.”

Freud also weighed in, connecting the strong sense of smell in animals with uninhibited sexuality and weak smell in humans with sexual repression.[2]

8Perfume Is The Sweat Of The Gods

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The ancient Egyptians were some of the first people to make and export perfumes. They made them out of oil and fat, mixed with aromatic ingredients from plants and herbs, and eventually exported their perfumes all over the Mediterranean. For the Egyptians, perfume had a close association with the divine. Deities were thought to have their own unique scents, and perfume was believed to be the sweat of their god, Ra. They even had a god just for perfume, Nefertem.[3]

If you think about it, not much has changed. We still associate individual scents with certain celebrities and fork out the big bucks to smell like them. If we could bottle Beyonce’s tears and spray them on ourselves, we would.

7We Shouldn’t Sleep With Someone Who Has A Similar Smell


In many non-Western cultures around the world, smell is the most important of the senses. For some, everything in the universe is defined by smell. The Ongee of the Andaman islands constructed their calendar around the changing odors of seasonal plants throughout the year. Personal identity is also defined by odor, and everyone is believed to have their own distinct smell.

So, how does this attention to smell discourage incest? In many cultures where identity is associated with smell, “odor-mixing” is taboo, and people are discouraged from sleeping with those who have similar smells. For example, among the Amazonian Desana, each tribe is thought to have its own smell, and marriage is only allowed between those with different smells.[4] This discourages intratribal marriage and in turn means you’re less likely to marry your brother.

This isn’t just a cultural norm, however; there is science to back it up. Studies have shown that women prefer the scents of men whose DNA is different enough that they could produce a healthy child. So next time you meet up with a Tinder date, make sure you give them a big whiff just to make sure they aren’t some long-lost cousin.

6Smell Has The Power To Heal Us


For thousands of years, cultures around the globe have used the concentrated extracts, or essential oils, of various parts of plants for therapeutic, hygienic, and ritualistic purposes. Today, this practice is known as aromatherapy. Although the science behind the success of aromatherapy is controversial, there are many studies that attest to the possibility that inhaling essential oils can have a transformative effect on things like mood, stress, focus, and even immune system health. Researchers believe this is because smell stimulates the parts of your brain that influence physical, emotional, and mental health.

Lavender, one of the most popular essential oils, has been shown to reduce stress levels and boost moods. Some researchers believe this is because lavender stimulates activity in the amygdala in the same way some sedative medications do.[5] Aromatherapy, once the domain of home-birth hippies and Big Pharma conspiracy theorists, is gaining in mainstream popularity as an alternative to prescription medication.

5Your Political Views Stink


No, seriously, they do. A study suggests that we can smell peoples’ political beliefs. Okay, so we can’t just take a quick whiff of the person next to us on the subway and know who they voted for in the presidential primary, but this study, published in the American Journal of Political Science in 2014, found that adults were much more likely to be attracted to someone whose political ideologies aligned with their own, based on smell alone. In the experiment, 125 participants smelled body odor samples from 21 people with extreme political leanings. The results left little room for argument.

In a particularly dramatic instance, one subject claimed that the sample (taken from someone with different views than their own) had gone rancid, while another participant, with political views that aligned with the owner of the BO, smelling the same sample asked to keep it because she thought it smelled so good.[6] Thankfully, his study sheds light on the real reason Republicans and Democrats can’t seem to agree on anything. They can’t stand the smell of each other.

4Skunk Odor Protects Against Evil Spirits


Honestly, this one seems pretty realistic. If you douse yourself in skunk perfume, it’s unlikely that anything is going to come near you, living or dead. This belief comes from many Native American tribes, for whom the skunk was a sacred animal. To many of these tribes, skunk odor was seen as a form of magical protection against evil spirits, which were believed to be the bringers of diseases.

The Cherokee people would hang a “skunk bag” filled with skunk odor during times of sickness and disease outbreaks.[7] A hole was punctured in the bag so that the smell could infuse the space. Although, like with miasma theory, there is no capacity for smell to fight the spread of disease, skunk bags may have inadvertently protected the users by discouraging visitors who might be carrying the disease.

3The Most Sacred Scent Comes From A Hairy Pouch On A Tiny Deer

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Aromatics have always played an important spiritual and ritualistic role for many different religions. However, one scent rises above the rest for early Islamic culture: musk. Today, the terms “musk” or “musky” make us think of sexy lumberjacks or even Elon Musk. In fact, the word “musk” is a noun and refers to an odor commonly used in perfumery and originally harvested from a small glandular sack taken from a male musk deer. This glandular sack secretes a liquid used by the deer to attract a mate.[8]

Because most species of musk deer are now endangered, the odor of musk is usually created synthetically. But back in the day of the Byzantine Empire, musk was the epitome of scent. Mentioned by Muhammad himself, musk features in many Arab proverbs and is used liberally in ancient Arabic literature as a symbol of excellence and great value that, like the scent, permeates its surroundings.

2Scent Can Be Used To Diagnose Disease


This sounds a lot like the “disease is spread by bad smell” theory and probably played some role in the development of that belief. However, unlike the miasma theory, there is actually some truth to this. Hippocrates, the famous ancient Greek physician, is recognized as the first to use smell to diagnose illness as far back as the fifth century BC.

Today, many studies have found success in the use of animal, electronic, and human noses to detect disease. How does this work, exactly? Detection relies on specialized sensory cells in the nose to detect volatile chemical compounds in a person’s body. Basically, certain smells can alert us to certain chemical imbalances and combinations that are markers of disease. This has been shown to work for colorectal cancer, lung cancer, lactose intolerance, fructose intolerance, and type 1 diabetes.[9] Just another reason we shouldn’t underestimate the power of smell.

1Smell Can Predict Your Death


There is a popular belief that people smell lemons, or citrus, right before they die. The origins of this story are unclear, and the science is even murkier. However, there is a way in which scientists believe sense of smell can help predict your death.

A 2014 study from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago found that elderly people who could no longer smell common scents such as smoke, lemon, black pepper, chocolate, and cinnamon were 36 percent more likely to die in the next few years. Dr. Wilson, who conducted the study, believes the correlation is linked to a relationship between loss of smell and development of common neurodegenerative conditions such as dementia.[10] So don’t worry too much about any mysterious citrus smells you might encounter; it’s when you can’t smell the lemon in front of you that it’s time to panic.

via 10 Fascinating Beliefs About Smell From The Past And Present – Listverse

ART: SOTHEBY Newsletter. Modigliani’s Greatest Nude Is Also the Most Expensive Painting Ever Sold at Sotheby’s

At $157.2 Million, Modigliani’s Greatest Nude Is Also the Most Expensive Painting Ever Sold at Sotheby’s

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Nu couché is not only the largest work from Amedeo Modigliani‘s career and his greatest nude, it is now the most valuable work ever sold at Sothebys—selling for $157 million in the 14 May Impressionist & Modern Evening SaleNu couché was acquired by its previous owner at auction in 2003 for $26.9 million.

In 2010, the Modigliani oil painting Nu Assis Sur Un Divan (La Belle Romaine) also of 1917 sold at Sotheby’s New York for $69 million. In 2014 his 1911–12 sculpture Tête achieved $70.7 million at Sotheby’s New York, which was the second highest price for the artist at auction prior to this evening’s sale.

Painted a century ago, Nu couché (sur le côté gauche) is the greatest work from the iconic series in which Amedeo Modigliani reinvented the nude for the Modern era. Upon their debut exhibition in 1917, these striking and sensual images quite literally stopped traffic and prompted the police to close the show. Today, the series is recognized as one of the seminal achievements in Modern painting. The shock and awe that Modigliani’s nudes continue to elicit was evident during Tate Modern’s recent celebrated retrospective of the artist’s work that included Nu couché (sur le côté gauche) as its cover star.

In addition to being the finest example from the series, Nu couché (sur le côté gauche) is distinguished further as the largest painting of Modigliani’s entire oeuvre – measuring nearly 58 inches (147 centimeters) across – and the only one of his horizontal nudes to contain the entire figure within the canvas. The majority of the 22 reclining nudes from the series are found in museums, with particular depth in the United States: the Solomon R. Guggenheim MuseumThe Museum of Modern Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York each hold three examples. Outside of the United States, institutions with reclining nudes include the Long Museum in Shanghai and The Courtauld Gallery in London.

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Pavel Tchelitchew: 7 Things You Need to Know

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PAVEL TCHELITCHEW, THE ROSE NECKLACE, 1931. ESTIMATE £60,000–80,000.

Of all the 20th-century Surrealists, few were as idiosyncratic and willful as Pavel Tchelitchew, the Russian-born painter, stage designer and costume designer. The Chagall of noir, he was celebrated for his eerie geometric studies of heads and sexualized anamorphic landscapes.

A group of 17 works by Tchelitchew from the collection of Seymour Stein, co-founder of the pioneering label Sire Records which signed Madonna, features in our Russian Pictures sale in London on 5 June, works that provide links to figures close to the artist: his longtime partner, the poet Charles Henri Ford; Tchelitchew’s biographer Parker Tyler; and friend and fellow Surrealist, Edward James. Below are seven facts to help illuminate this most mercurial of artists.

1. He had a nomadic sensibility

Born in Kaluga Province – into an aristocratic family of landowners – Tchelitchew left Russia following the 1917 revolution, moving first to Berlin then Paris, later taking American citizenship while living in New York. He also spent periods in Kiev, Sofia, Istanbul and London. He died, however, in Rome and his ashes were interred in Paris. His oeuvre was equally restless, shifting between abstraction, eroticism, Futurism, Neo-Romanticism and outrageous Surrealist fantasies.


CHARLES HENRI FORD, RUTH FORD, PARKER TYLER AND PAVEL TCHELITCHEW AT WEST DEAN, 1934
© THE CECIL BEATON STUDIO ARCHIVE AT SOTHEBY’S

2. Cecil Beaton fell “under his spell”

Tchelitchew and Beaton met in 1931 and for several decades enjoyed/endured an on-again, off-again, friendship. “Tchelitchew at first intimidated me (he could be devastating in his disapproval) but soon cast an almost hypnotic influence over me,” recalled Beaton. As a pot calls a kettle black, Beaton said that Pavel was “apt to be touchy and fractious”.

3. He made muses out of literate ladies

His formative period in Paris during the 1920s was spent in the salons of the poet Dame Edith Sitwell and the American playwright and art collector Gertrude Stein – he produced unflattering portraits of both. And towards the end of his life he befriended Isak Dinesen, aka Karen Blixen, author of Out of Africa.


PAVEL TCHELITCHEW, EXCELSIOR, 1934. ESTIMATE £250,000–350,000.

4. His greatest masterpiece almost perished

His most famous painting, Hide and Seek (1942), is a nightmarish fantasy of figures entwined in branches inspired by a tree he saw while walking in Edward James’ Sussex estate. It has had an unlucky history: a hole was accidentally punched in the canvas during an exhibition tour and in 1958 a fire at New York’s Museum of Modern Art left its surface baked and covered in soot. The work was later restored.

5. He was a frustrated dancer

His career as a ballet designer, from 1919 to the mid-1940s, found him working for theatres as far afield as Istanbul and Buenos Aires and with talents such as the Ballet Russes, Orson Welles, Sergei Diaghilev and George Balanchine. “Re-create a forgotten world,” he declared, “a world you have never seen, so that the audience will gasp with surprise.” He liked to imitate the illustrious ballerinas featured on the stage, performances that one friend described as looking like a bluebottle in flight.


PAVEL TCHELITCHEW, HARLEQUIN, 1930. ESTIMATE £1,800–2,500

6. He thought people misbehaved in museums

Tchelitchew was convinced that most visitors to museums will fondle the private parts of statues if they are left alone in the galleries. As a result, he claimed, curators have to regularly wash the fiddled bits.

7. His final commission was a wine label

Tchelitchew’s swansong was a colour drawing for the label of the 1956 Mouton Rothschild La Tache de Vin. His design featured a golden ram – a reference to the Rothschild’s coat-of-arms – caught in a geometric spider’s web splashed with crimson wine. The artist died from a heart attack the following year; Baron Philippe de Rothschild was one of the many august and eminent mourners at Père Lachaise Cemetery.
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The Art of the Season: London’s Must-See Shows

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PABLO PICASSO, LE PEINTRE ET SON MODÈLE, 1964. FROM IMPRESSIONIST AND MODERN ART EVENING SALE, 19 JUNE, LONDON. © SUCCESSION PICASSO/DACS, LONDON 2018.

The cultural calendar in London comes alive in the summer months, with fascinating exhibitions opening at galleries, museums and parks across the capital. Permanent fixtures such as the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and the Serpentine Pavilion are this year joined in the line-up by appearances by some of fashion and music’s most iconic figures and muses; from Michael Jackson and Azzedine Alaïa to Frida Kahlo and Georgia O’Keeffe. With so much to see, we’ve put together a handy guide to the very best shows and experiences on offer, so you needn’t miss a thing…

Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up at the V&A

The V&A is well-known as the go-to destination for all things fashion, but this exhibition goes a little deeper than merely a look at Frida Kahlo’s clothes. Featuring items from the artist’s personal archive, many that have never been seen since her death in 1954, Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Upis an intimate journey through the life of the Mexican icon. Kahlo herself was often the subject of her own artwork, and her image, art and troubled personal life were entirely intertwined in the careful construction of her outward appearance. The importance of dress as part costume, and part protection are just some of the themes explored in this powerful exhibition, including clothing, prosthetics and cosmetics.

The V&A, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL.

FRIDA KAHLO WITH OLMEC FIGURINE, 1939. © NICKOLAS MURRAY PHOTO ARCHIVES.

Monet & Architecture at The National Gallery

Whilst more widely known for his expressive paintings of the natural world, flowers and trees were not the only subject matter that fascinated Monet, who remains one of the most revered figures in the history of art. This comprehensive exhibition explores his interest in man-made structures and the famous landmark buildings in London, Paris, Venice and beyond.

The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN.

CLAUDE MONET, HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT, SUNSET, 1900-01. © KUNSTHAUS ZURICH. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. COURTESY THE NATIONAL GALLERY, LONDON.

Michael Jackson: On the Wall at National Portrait Gallery

Nearly a decade after the death of Michael Jackson, and coinciding with what would have been Jackson’s 60th birthday, this ambitious display surveys the life and distinctive style of the superstar – from his Motown days in the Jackson 5, though to his later military-inspired dress, on and off stage. Works by more than 40 artists including Andy Warhol, Grayson Perry, Isa Genzken and David LaChapelle celebrate Jackson as a cultural icon and master of reinvention.

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London WC2H 0HE.

DAVID LACHAPELLE, AN ILLUMINATING PATH, 1998. © DAVID LACHAPELLE. COURTESY OF THE ARTIST.

The Serpentine Gallery Summer Pavilion 

Since the inaugural Serpentine Pavilion commission in 2000, this oasis in the park has become a must-see destination on the London art trail. Designed by a different architect every year, this year’s commission is conceived by Mexico City-based Frida Escobedo. The pavilion will be a secluded courtyard with a central pool of water, offering a tranquil place for visitors to sit and reflect and to escape the crowded streets of London. Escobedo is the youngest architect to have undertaken the project, and the first solo woman to design the pavilion since the late Zaha Hadid in 2000.

Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London, W2 3XA.

SERPENTINE PAVILION 2018 DESIGNED BY FRIDA ESCOBEDO, TALLER DE ARQUITECTURA, DESIGN RENDERING, INTERIOR VIEW © FRIDA ESCOBEDO, TALLER DE ARQUITECTURA, RENDERINGS BY ATMÓSFERA.

Sotheby’s Modern and Post-War British ArtImpressionist & Modern ArtContemporary Art and Old Master Paintingexhibitions and sales

Beginning on 8 June, Sotheby’s opens it doors for the summer sale season in the New Bond Street Galleries, with five weeks of exhibitions, exclusive events, talks and sales – presenting an array of artworks by the world’s leading artists from Picasso and Jean Arp to Damien Hirst and Barbara Hepworth.

Sotheby’s34–35 New Bond St, London W1A 2AA.

JEAN ARP, DÉMÉTER, FROM IMPRESSIONIST AND MODERN ART EVENING SALE, 19 JUNE, LONDON.

Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier at the Design Museum

As trends come and go in the fashion world, there are several figures whose designs truly stand the test of time. In a career spanning nearly 40 years, Alaïa’s handmade creations have graced the pages of magazines and red carpets the world over, and devoted fans include Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga and Nicole Kidman. By displaying the exquisite dresses against specially designed architectural screens, the couture creations take on a sculptural quality. With the addition of archival photography, the exhibition goes inside the mind of the man and the brand – the legacy of which plays a starring role in the history of fashion. Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier was co-curated by the designer himself, before his death in November 2017.

Design Museum224-238 Kensington High Street, London, W8 6AG.

LINDA EVANGELISTA AND AZZEDINE ALAÏA PHOTOGRAPHED IN 1990 BY SANTE D’ORAZIO.

250 Years of the Royal Academy of Arts

After a  major three-year renovation, the Royal Academy of Arts is reopening, and reinforcing it’s dedication to new art and ideas, as it has done since it first opened in 1768. With a host of events, exhibitions and artist projects, the new RA will be unveiled on 19th May. The aptly named The Great Spectacle, exploring the history of the institution’s exhibitions, and the Festival of Ideas will kick off the new programme, alongside the 250th instalment of the Summer Exhibition – showcasing works by one thousand artists, and this year curated by Turner Prize-winning academician Grayson Perry.

Read about the new RA on Sotheby’s Museum Network.

The Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BD.

ARTIST BOB AND ROBERTA SMITH AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS. 

Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art at Tate Modern

Tate Modern does blockbuster exhibitions well, and manages to toe the lie between crowd-pleaser and educational seamlessly; moving the art-historical conversation forward whilst allowing viewers access to works by the most significant artists of our times. From the early experimental photography of Man Ray and Alfred Stieglitz through to contemporary practitioners such as Thomas Ruff and Antony Cairns, Shape of Lightpresents an under-explored history of the relationship between photography and abstract art. Whilst visiting, you can also pop in to Picasso 1932: Love, Fame, Tragedy on the 3rd floor of the Boiler House, which devotes ten rooms to Picasso’s ‘Year of Wonders’.

Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG.

ANTONY CAIRNS, LDN5_051, 2017. © ANTONY CAIRNS; MAYA ROCHAT, A ROCK IS A RIVER (META LOVE), 2017. © MAYA ROCHAT. COURTESY LILY ROBERT. FROM SHAPE OF LIGHT: 100 YEARS OF PHOTOGRAPHY AND ABSTRACT ART AT TATE MODERN.

Rodin and the art of ancient Greece at the British Museum

This exhibition brings together works by perhaps the most famous sculptor in history, and exquisite examples of the Greek artefacts that inspired his practice. On visits to the British Museum in the 1800s, Auguste Rodin was deeply inspired by objects in the museum’s collection, and these works are now displayed side-by-side in this major exhibition, including his most revered works –The Thinker and The Kiss.

The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG.

RODIN AND HIS ANTIQUITIES. MUSÉE RODIN. PHOTO: JEAN DE CALAN.

Further afield…

America’s Cool Modernism: O’Keeffe to Hopper at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

The work of some of America’s most important artists are brought together in this bold exhibition, with many works being shown in Britain for the first time. Against the backdrop of the Great Depression, many artists of the period were recording the changing world around them, whilst simultaneously experimenting with abstraction. The large-scale industrialisation of the country provided artists such as Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe and George Ault with plentiful subject matter, allowing them to produce images of an America on the on the cusp of wealth, prosperity and expansion.

Ashmolean Museum35 Beaumont St, Oxford OX1 2PH.

GEORGIA O’KEEFFE, BLACK ABSTRACTION, 1927. © 2017 ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK. MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK.

Liverpool Biennial 2018: Beautiful world, where are you?

Held in galleries, museums and public spaces all over Liverpool including the Bluecoat, Tate Liverpool and FACT, the art world will once again descend on the city for a four month festival of international contemporary art. Commissions and residencies by the most exciting talents working in visual arts and culture are accompanied by programme of talks, films and interactive installations – with a carefully curated online element, allowing people from around the world the opportunity to take part in the Biennial from any location.

Various locations, Liverpool.

HAEGUE YANG, INTERMEDIATE – NARRATING SEA SQUIRT ALIENAGE, 2016, SHOWING AT TATE LIVERPOOL © HAEGUE YANG. 

Patrick Heron at Tate St Ives

As one of the founding figures of the St Ives School, Patrick Heron’s paintings are beautifully expressive studies of colour and form. Inspired by the light and landscape in his adopted Cornwall, Heron’s abstract canvasses will be exhibited in the town that nurtured the creative experimentation of many of British Modernism’s most significant figures.

Read more about the St Ives School artists.

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PATRICK HERON, FIVE DISCS 1963.  © ESTATE OF PATRICK HERON. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED, DACS 2018.

 
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Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary Art Highlights

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Sotheby’s presents a global tour of highlights from the upcoming Impressionist & Modern and Contemporary Art sales in London this June. The exhibition will be on view in Hong Kong and Zurich.

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Hong Kong25–31 May

Zurich9–10 June

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Lee Iacocca

“Trouble shared is trouble halved.”

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Maya Angelou

“All great achievements require time.”

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Pope Paul VI

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Confucius

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11 Must-See Exhibitions at Photo London 2018

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JUNO CALYPSO, SUBTERRANEAN KITCHEN, 2017. COURTESY JUNO CALYPSO AND TJ BOULTING.
FROM WHAT TO DO WITH A MILLION YEARS – JUNO CALYPSO.

Now in its fourth year, Photo London has firmly established itself as a world-class photography fair, attracting both exhibitors and visitors from around the globe. Ahead of this year’s event, which runs from 17-20 May and coincides with Sotheby’s Photographs auction on 17 May, we take a look at 11 of the outstanding exhibitions happening in and around the fair that are worth a visit.

What To Do With A Million Years – Juno Calypso
TJ Boulting Gallery, 59 Riding House Street, London W1W 7EG

Juno Calypso is best known for her iconic photographic series of self-portraits in ‘The Honeymoon Suite’ and her new exhibition, ‘What To Do With A Million Years’ is her first solo show at London’s TJ Boulting Gallery. The new photographs, which are on display from 16 May–23 June, feature the surreal and unique location of an underground house in Nevada.

Peckham 24
Seen Fifteen Gallery, 133 Copeland Road, London SE15 3SN

Organised by the Seen Fifteen gallery (18–20 May), Peckham 24 returns for a third edition and showcases cutting-edge contemporary photography from artists both based in London and internationally including Campbell Addy, Lalu Delbracio and Hannah Starkey.

Offprint
Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG

From 18–20 May, the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall will host 140 independent and experimental publishers in contemporary art, photography and graphic design. Throughout the weekend there will be a program of workshops and performances.


PHILIPPE CHANCEL, UNTITLED, 1982, FROM THE SERIES REBEL’S PARIS 1982. COURTESY OF MELANIE RIO FLUENCY, FRANCE. FROM ANOTHER KIND OF LIFE.

Another Kind of Life
Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

This exhibition at the Barbican, until 27 May, looks at countercultures, subcultures and minorities of all kinds through the work of 20 photographers from the 1950s to the present day. The photographs reflect a more diverse, complex view of the work and follow the lives of individuals from America to India, Chile to Nigeria.

Foam Talent
Beaconsfield Gallery, 22 Newport Street, London SE11 6AY

Beaconsfield Gallery in Vauxhall and Amsterdam’s Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam bring together a group of 20 innovative photography talents under the age of 35 for an exhibition which runs from 16 May until 10 June. Almost 2,000 people responded to the talent call and the final selection of 20 artists was made on the basis of their innovative and often experimental approaches to the medium.

Deutsche Borse Photography Foundation Prize 2018
The Photographers’ Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street, London W1F 7LW

Mathieu Asselin, Rafal Milach, Batia Suter and Luke Willis Thompson are the four artists shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2018 at The Photographers’ Gallery until 3 June. The shortlist showcases diverse and innovative photographic practices, which recognise and celebrate the many developments within the medium, while also challenging its boundaries and was curated by TPG’s Anna Dannemann.


ANTONY CAIRNS, ‘LDN023’, 2011-2012. ESTIMATE £3,000–5,000. FROM PHOTOGRAPHS (LONDON, 17 MAY).

Shape of Light – 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art

Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG

Shape of Light, at Tate Modern from 2 May until 14 October, is the first major exhibition to explore the relationship between photography and abstract art and includes images from the 1910s until the present day. The exhibition brings together key photographs from pioneers including Man Ray and Alfred Stieglitz with exciting new work by Daisuke Yokota, Antony Cairns (who features in the London Photographs sale on 17 May) and Maya Rochat, that were produced especially for the show.

Daido Moriyama – SCENE~
Hamiltons Gallery, 13 Carlos Place, London W1K 2EU

Widely recognised as one of the few living modern masters of photography from Japan, Daido Moriyama is the most celebrated photographer to emerge from the Japanese Provoke movement of the 1960s. SCENE, which is on view from 15 May until 17 August, features photographs selected by Hamiltons’ gallery owner Tim Jefferies and includes images taken in the 60s and 70s, as well as some more recent works.


LORENZO VITTURI, PAINTED AGBE, ITALIAN LEATHER, CORAL BEADS AND HORN, 2017 © LORENZO VITTURI, COURTESY OF FLOWERS GALLERY. FROM MONEY MUST BE MADE – LORENZO VITTURI.

Money Must Be Made – Lorenzo Vitturi
Flowers Gallery, 82 Kingsland Road, London E2 8DP

London-based Italian artist Lorenzo Vitturi’s new solo exhibition is at the Flowers Gallery from 11 May until 30 June. The works in the new series are based at the Balogun Market in Lagos, Nigeria, the second biggest market of its kind in West Africa.

Noémie Goudal – Telluris
Edel Assanti Gallery, 74A Newman Street, London W1T 3DB

Telluris, which is at the Edel Assanti gallery from 11 May until 23 June, sees the photographer switch her attention from the sky to the earth. A site-specific  architectural installation houses works from two new photographic series while the lower ground floor gallery houses a sculptural work that develops Goudal’s investigations into the stereoscope as an early means of presenting photography.

Senta Simond – Rayon Vert
Webber Gallery, 18 Newman Street, London W1T 1PE

Rayon Vert, which is at the Webber Gallery from 10 May until 15 June, takes its title from the optical phenomenon and the 1986 Eric Rohmer film, both of which are reflected in Senta Simond’s approach to portraiture. The images feature acquaintances of the photographer and are a response to existing, and often clichéd, representations of femininity.
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5 Insights from an Early Work by Yayoi Kusama

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Created in the years directly following the artist’s move to New York, Untitled is one of a mere handful of the artist’s ‘egg carton’ reliefs from the early 1960s, and articulates the raw drive and acute conceptual tension that Kusama experienced during that period. Embodying the elegiac beauty and disorienting spatial complexity that would define Kusama’s work for years to come, Untitled offers an intimate glimpse of the conceptual and creative origins of one of the most iconic figures of contemporary art.

OBSESSION & REPETITION

Simultaneously enchanting and uncanny in their hallucinogenic repetition of multi-dimensional patterns, the egg-carton reliefs of the early 1960s showcase Kusama’s unique ability to translate private compulsions into mesmerizing abstract visions. Diagnosed with an obsessional neurosis, Kusama¹s serial use of repeated patterns is an expression of the psychotropic visions of infinitely proliferating forms that haunted her from a young age; in replicating the boundless fields of her visions within the confines of her canvas, Kusama finds relief from her ungovernable compulsion. Remarking upon the therapeutic quality of her practice, Kusama notes, “You attempt to flee from psychic obsession by choosing to paint the very vision of fear, from which one would ordinarily avert one¹s eyes. I paint them in quantity; in doing so, I try to escape.”


YAYOI KUSAMA, UNTITLED, 1962. ESTIMATE $7,000,000–10,000,000.

EARLY YEARS IN NEW YORK

When the artist first arrived in New York in June of 1958, knowing no one and speaking little English, she discovered that, “New York was in every way a fierce and violent place.” Despite her precarious existence, Kusama was deeply inspired by the urban energy of the city, and within her first months in New York, her painting underwent a dramatic transformation. She soon found the means of channeling her psychomatic obsessions into the remarkable Infinity Nets, and later the egg carton reliefs.  While her striking spatial abstractions earned her gallery shows and attention, Kusama¹s early critical success did not translate to financial success.

YAYOI KUSAMA, NEW YORK, 1964. (PHOTO BY EVELYN HOFER/GETTY IMAGES).

FOUND MATERIALS

In 1962, driven by an overwhelming pressure to articulate her compulsive repetitions, but forced to shift her focus from expensive oil paint to new media, Kusama began to experiment with free-of-cost materials; in their repetitive form and ready availability, commercial egg cartons were an attractive medium. Unable even to purchase a new canvas upon which to fix the egg-cartons, the verso of the present work reveals the spectral pattern of an earlier painting by Kusama. Untitled is a striking testament to Kusama¹s fierce dedication to her practice during the early years of her career.

YAYOI KUSAMA, UNTITLED (DETAIL), 1962. ESTIMATE $7,000,000–10,000,000.

IN A LEAGUE OF HER OWN

Although central to the New York art discourse of the 1960s, Kusama did not affiliate herself with any single artistic movement, moving instead between the various groups of her contemporaries without any discernible allegiance or affiliation. While she cultivated close friendships with artists such as Donald Judd and Frank Stella, both of whom sought her artistic guidance and purchased her early work, she did not consider herself a minimalist. Like fellow trailblazers Agnes Martin and Louise Bourgeois, Kusama emphatically dismissed any attempts to categorize her work within a single movement, pursuing instead a highly personalized and internally motivated artistic practice.

IT¹S ALL ABOUT THE PROCESS

‘Widely considered to be Japan’s greatest living artist, Kusama has continued to explore the boundlessness of spatial abstraction through a seemingly endless series of paintings, sculptures, environments, happenings and films. Despite this variety of media and form, Kusama’s practice is centered upon the same, single impulse that solidified in her work of the 1960s: to express the complex interior of her own psyche. Uniting the graphic and physical force of the artist’s two most celebrated forms, Untitled is a powerful expression of Kusama’s commitment to her unique process and creative output. Offering the viewer an intimate glimpse into the early, brilliant, complex mind of Yayoi Kusama, Untitled evokes the famous words of Donald Judd come to mind: to view a painting by Kusama is to view ³a result of Kusama’s work, not a work itself.”


YAYOI KUSAMA IN HONG KONG, 2012. PHOTO BY JOSE-FUSTE RAGA/GAMMA-RAPHO VIA GETTY IMAGES.

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The Art of the Season: London’s Must-See Shows

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PABLO PICASSO, LE PEINTRE ET SON MODÈLE, 1964. FROM IMPRESSIONIST AND MODERN ART EVENING SALE, 19 JUNE, LONDON. © SUCCESSION PICASSO/DACS, LONDON 2018.

The cultural calendar in London comes alive in the summer months, with fascinating exhibitions opening at galleries, museums and parks across the capital. Permanent fixtures such as the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and the Serpentine Pavilion are this year joined in the line-up by appearances by some of fashion and music’s most iconic figures and muses; from Michael Jackson and Azzedine Alaïa to Frida Kahlo and Georgia O’Keeffe. With so much to see, we’ve put together a handy guide to the very best shows and experiences on offer, so you needn’t miss a thing…

Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up at the V&A

The V&A is well-known as the go-to destination for all things fashion, but this exhibition goes a little deeper than merely a look at Frida Kahlo’s clothes. Featuring items from the artist’s personal archive, many that have never been seen since her death in 1954, Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up is an intimate journey through the life of the Mexican icon. Kahlo herself was often the subject of her own artwork, and her image, art and troubled personal life were entirely intertwined in the careful construction of her outward appearance. The importance of dress as part costume, and part protection are just some of the themes explored in this powerful exhibition, including clothing, prosthetics and cosmetics.

The V&A, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL.

FRIDA KAHLO WITH OLMEC FIGURINE, 1939. © NICKOLAS MURRAY PHOTO ARCHIVES.

Monet & Architecture at The National Gallery

Whilst more widely known for his expressive paintings of the natural world, flowers and trees were not the only subject matter that fascinated Monet, who remains one of the most revered figures in the history of art. This comprehensive exhibition explores his interest in man-made structures and the famous landmark buildings in London, Paris, Venice and beyond.

The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN.

CLAUDE MONET, HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT, SUNSET, 1900-01. © KUNSTHAUS ZURICH. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. COURTESY THE NATIONAL GALLERY, LONDON.

Michael Jackson: On the Wall at National Portrait Gallery

Nearly a decade after the death of Michael Jackson, and coinciding with what would have been Jackson’s 60th birthday, this ambitious display surveys the life and distinctive style of the superstar – from his Motown days in the Jackson 5, though to his later military-inspired dress, on and off stage. Works by more than 40 artists including Andy Warhol, Grayson Perry, Isa Genzken and David LaChapelle celebrate Jackson as a cultural icon and master of reinvention.

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London WC2H 0HE.

DAVID LACHAPELLE, AN ILLUMINATING PATH, 1998. © DAVID LACHAPELLE. COURTESY OF THE ARTIST.

The Serpentine Gallery Summer Pavilion 

Since the inaugural Serpentine Pavilion commission in 2000, this oasis in the park has become a must-see destination on the London art trail. Designed by a different architect every year, this year’s commission is conceived by Mexico City-based Frida Escobedo. The pavilion will be a secluded courtyard with a central pool of water, offering a tranquil place for visitors to sit and reflect and to escape the crowded streets of London. Escobedo is the youngest architect to have undertaken the project, and the first solo woman to design the pavilion since the late Zaha Hadid in 2000.

Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London, W2 3XA.

SERPENTINE PAVILION 2018 DESIGNED BY FRIDA ESCOBEDO, TALLER DE ARQUITECTURA, DESIGN RENDERING, INTERIOR VIEW © FRIDA ESCOBEDO, TALLER DE ARQUITECTURA, RENDERINGS BY ATMÓSFERA.

Sotheby’s Modern and Post-War British ArtImpressionist & Modern ArtContemporary Art and Old Master Painting exhibitions and sales

Beginning on 8 June, Sotheby’s opens it doors for the summer sale season in the New Bond Street Galleries, with five weeks of exhibitions, exclusive events, talks and sales – presenting an array of artworks by the world’s leading artists from Picasso and Jean Arp to Damien Hirst and Barbara Hepworth.

Sotheby’s34–35 New Bond St, London W1A 2AA.

JEAN ARP, DÉMÉTER, FROM IMPRESSIONIST AND MODERN ART EVENING SALE, 19 JUNE, LONDON.

Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier at the Design Museum

As trends come and go in the fashion world, there are several figures whose designs truly stand the test of time. In a career spanning nearly 40 years, Alaïa’s handmade creations have graced the pages of magazines and red carpets the world over, and devoted fans include Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga and Nicole Kidman. By displaying the exquisite dresses against specially designed architectural screens, the couture creations take on a sculptural quality. With the addition of archival photography, the exhibition goes inside the mind of the man and the brand – the legacy of which plays a starring role in the history of fashion. Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier was co-curated by the designer himself, before his death in November 2017.

Design Museum224-238 Kensington High Street, London, W8 6AG.

LINDA EVANGELISTA AND AZZEDINE ALAÏA PHOTOGRAPHED IN 1990 BY SANTE D’ORAZIO.

250 Years of the Royal Academy of Arts

After a  major three-year renovation, the Royal Academy of Arts is reopening, and reinforcing it’s dedication to new art and ideas, as it has done since it first opened in 1768. With a host of events, exhibitions and artist projects, the new RA will be unveiled on 19th May. The aptly named The Great Spectacle, exploring the history of the institution’s exhibitions, and the Festival of Ideas will kick off the new programme, alongside the 250th instalment of the Summer Exhibition – showcasing works by one thousand artists, and this year curated by Turner Prize-winning academician Grayson Perry.

Read about the new RA on Sotheby’s Museum Network.

The Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BD.

ARTIST BOB AND ROBERTA SMITH AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS. 

Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art at Tate Modern

Tate Modern does blockbuster exhibitions well, and manages to toe the lie between crowd-pleaser and educational seamlessly; moving the art-historical conversation forward whilst allowing viewers access to works by the most significant artists of our times. From the early experimental photography of Man Ray and Alfred Stieglitz through to contemporary practitioners such as Thomas Ruff and Antony Cairns, Shape of Light presents an under-explored history of the relationship between photography and abstract art. Whilst visiting, you can also pop in to Picasso 1932: Love, Fame, Tragedy on the 3rd floor of the Boiler House, which devotes ten rooms to Picasso’s ‘Year of Wonders’.

Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG.

ANTONY CAIRNS, LDN5_051, 2017. © ANTONY CAIRNS; MAYA ROCHAT, A ROCK IS A RIVER (META LOVE), 2017. © MAYA ROCHAT. COURTESY LILY ROBERT. FROM SHAPE OF LIGHT: 100 YEARS OF PHOTOGRAPHY AND ABSTRACT ART AT TATE MODERN.

Rodin and the art of ancient Greece at the British Museum

This exhibition brings together works by perhaps the most famous sculptor in history, and exquisite examples of the Greek artefacts that inspired his practice. On visits to the British Museum in the 1800s, Auguste Rodin was deeply inspired by objects in the museum’s collection, and these works are now displayed side-by-side in this major exhibition, including his most revered works –The Thinker and The Kiss.

The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG.

RODIN AND HIS ANTIQUITIES. MUSÉE RODIN. PHOTO: JEAN DE CALAN.

Further afield…

America’s Cool Modernism: O’Keeffe to Hopper at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

The work of some of America’s most important artists are brought together in this bold exhibition, with many works being shown in Britain for the first time. Against the backdrop of the Great Depression, many artists of the period were recording the changing world around them, whilst simultaneously experimenting with abstraction. The large-scale industrialisation of the country provided artists such as Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe and George Ault with plentiful subject matter, allowing them to produce images of an America on the on the cusp of wealth, prosperity and expansion.

Ashmolean Museum35 Beaumont St, Oxford OX1 2PH.

GEORGIA O’KEEFFE, BLACK ABSTRACTION, 1927. © 2017 ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK. MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK.

Liverpool Biennial 2018: Beautiful world, where are you?

Held in galleries, museums and public spaces all over Liverpool including the Bluecoat, Tate Liverpool and FACT, the art world will once again descend on the city for a four month festival of international contemporary art. Commissions and residencies by the most exciting talents working in visual arts and culture are accompanied by programme of talks, films and interactive installations – with a carefully curated online element, allowing people from around the world the opportunity to take part in the Biennial from any location.

Various locations, Liverpool.

HAEGUE YANG, INTERMEDIATE – NARRATING SEA SQUIRT ALIENAGE, 2016, SHOWING AT TATE LIVERPOOL © HAEGUE YANG. 

Patrick Heron at Tate St Ives

As one of the founding figures of the St Ives School, Patrick Heron’s paintings are beautifully expressive studies of colour and form. Inspired by the light and landscape in his adopted Cornwall, Heron’s abstract canvasses will be exhibited in the town that nurtured the creative experimentation of many of British Modernism’s most significant figures.

Read more about the St Ives School artists.

Tate St Ives, Porthmeor Beach, St Ives TR26 1TG.

PATRICK HERON, FIVE DISCS 1963.  © ESTATE OF PATRICK HERON. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED, DACS 2018.

 
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David Hockney Scores 2 Auction Records, Including His Kaleidoscopic Painting of the California Coast

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In November 2016, Sotheby’s broke David Hockney’s auction record with Woldgate Woods, which sold in New York for $11.7 million. In less than two years, Hockney’s record has officially doubled, thanks to the large-scale oil painting, Pacific Coast Highway and Santa Monica, which sold in Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction (16 May, New York) for an astonishing $28,453,000. The sale also marked a record for a work on paper by Hockney, with Piscine de Medianoche (Paper Pool 30)selling for $11,743,800. A highlight of Hockney’s recent critically-acclaimed retrospectives at the Tate Britain, London, the Centre Pompidou, Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Pacific Coast Highway and Santa Monica is a paragon of the artist’s storied career.


DAVID HOCKNEY, PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY AND SANTA MONICA. SOLD FOR $28,453,000. NOW THE ARTIST’S AUCTION RECORD.

One of a limited group of monumental California landscape paintings, Pacific Coast Highway and Santa Monica is a defining moment within the British-born Hockney’s 60-year career and the pinnacle of his longstanding visual infatutation with the city of Los Angeles. The ambitious painting, dazzling with hues of chartreuse, tangerine, rose, lavender and cerulean across its 10-foot wide canvas, epitomizes the artist’s bold use of color. Comparable works are held in the collections of such renowned institutions as the Los Angeles County Museum of ArtMuseum Ludwig, Cologne, and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.


DAVID HOCKNEY, PISCINE DE MEDIANOCHE (PAPER POOL 30). SOLD FOR $11,743,800. NOW THE ARTIST’S RECORD FOR A WORK ON PAPER.

This 1990 oil on canvas is also an acknowledgement of the importance and significance of traditional painting. At a time when artists across the board were turning away from painting and towards photography and conceptual art, Pacific Coast Highway and Santa Monica addresses the history and impact of artistic styles such as Post-Impressionism and Fauvism, all executed in Hockney’s signature vernacular.


HOCKNEY’S WOLDGATE WOODS, 24, 25, AND 26 OCTOBER 2006 BECAME THE ARTIST’S RECORD AT AUCTION WHEN IT SOLD AT SOTHEBY’S IN NOVEMBER 2016 FOR $11,712,500.

Pacific Coast Highway and Santa Monica may also be interpreted as David Hockney’s heartfelt ode to Los Angeles. In his autobiography That’s The Way I See It, which features the present work on the back cover, he writes, “anyone who had been on my Wagner drive would immediately recognize Pacific Coast Highway [and Santa Monica] – a multiple view of Santa Monica Bay and the mountains.”

Wagner Road, the artist’s multifaceted and variegated daily route from his home in the Hollywood Hills to his studio on Santa Monica Boulevard, encapsulates Los Angeles’s bright sunlight and bold colors, the very characteristics that drew Hockney away from the grey skies of London. Remembered and recalled in his studio, the result is a masterpiece in which mountain peaks, rolling hills, serpentine roads, calm bays and orderly cityscapes harmoniously vie for attention, guiding the viewer from the top of the road to the horizon.


Discover more about David Hockney.


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Monumental Kerry James Marshall Painting Smashes Record, Plus 5 More to Come

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Kerry James Marshall’s pivotal Past Times was a highlight of the artist’s recent mid-career survey organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. The most significant work by the renowned artist to ever come to auction, Past Times has officially doubled the artist’s auction record, achieving $21,114,500 in Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction (16 May, New York).

An extraordinary visual feat that positions Marshall’s singular vision in dialogue with the masters of art history, Past Times has been a cornerstone of Kerry James Marshall’s acclaimed career since it debuted at the 1997 Whitney Biennial. As seen in Past Times and five other lots by the artist – listed below – on offer in Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Day Auction (17 May, New York), Marshall has consciously pushed against the constraints of art history throughout his career. With Past Times, he confidently reclaims the presence of figures of African descent in the canon of Western art.

KERRY JAMES MARSHALL, PAST TIMES. SOLD FOR $21,114,500.

In this immense 108- by 157-inch canvas, Marshall expands upon his foundational series, the 1994–95 Garden Project paintings, first shown in Documenta X in Kassel, 1997. Comprised of five works of art, this group of paintings depicts the daily routines of black residents in romanticized versions of major housing projects in Los Angeles and Chicago, including the Nickerson Gardens housing project, the artist’s childhood home. By calling attention to the gap between the idealized notion of community and the harsh reality of low-income housing, as well as the disconnect between the dire living situations imagined by those on the outside versus the hope retained by those in the inside, Marshall highlights the multi-layered incongruences of these urban settings. Widely regarded as the artist’s first, triumphant artistic breakthrough, the majority of the Garden Project paintings are held in the collections of such museums as the Denver Art Museumthe Art Institute of Chicago, and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, amongst others.

This enormous accomplished work is deeply linked to Marshall’s upbringing. As an adolescent and a young adult, Marshall wandered the halls of Los Angeles museums and devoured books in his neighborhood library – through this education, he became acutely aware of the artistic language of the Dutch masters, the French Impressionists and the American Abstract Expressionists, but also the absolute absence of people of African descent in any of these works. This voracious appetite for art history informed Marshall’s singular artistic goal, appropriating the grand artistic gestures of historical movements in order to rectify the glaring absence of the black figure within Western art history.

Upcoming Lots by Kerry James Marshall:

To be offered in Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Day Auction on 17 May in New York.


KERRY JAMES MARSHALL, DRAW ME. ESTIMATE $1,500,000–2,000,000. 


KERRY JAMES MARSHALL, LOST BOYS: AKA BLACK AL. ESTIMATE $500,000–700,000.


KERRY JAMES MARSHALL, UNTITLED (STONO DRAWING). ESTIMATE $150,000–200,000.


KERRY JAMES MARSHALL, PORTRAIT OF NAT TURNER ON LOAN FROM HELL. ESTIMATE $150,000–250,000.


KERRY JAMES MARSHALL, STUDY FOR ‘SLOW DANCE.’ ESTIMATE $80,000–120,000.


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Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary Art Highlights

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Sotheby’s presents a global tour of highlights from the upcoming Impressionist & Modern and Contemporary Art sales in London this June. The exhibition will be on view in Hong Kong and Zurich.

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Zurich: 9–10 June

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Felt Great reading this Character Test.

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BRAVERY
You do not shrink from threat, challenge, difficulty, or pain.

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Get Happy Like the Danes: A Practical Guide to More Hygge in Your Life. Interesting article

Hygge (pronounced HOO-gah) roughly translates to a sense of coziness, togetherness, and well-being. It is warmth, comfort, slowness, intimacy, rusticity, and simplicity. The Danes spend their days and nights pursuin

via Get Happy Like the Danes: A Practical Guide to More Hygge in Your Life

10 Bizarre Failed Energy Sources via ListVerse

THEO DRIJVER 

 

Energy  winds up the world and makes money move. New concepts, renewable projects, and heavy investments are promising a bright future for the world’s electrical and transport needs.

But not everything works as promised or hoped. Let’s look at some of the not-so-successful ideas that we might make.

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10Coal Gas Vehicles

Photo credit:  theoldmotor.com

With most gas and oil supplies diverted to military use during  World War I , an alternative was required to power our beloved autos. Using coal gas technology from the 1800s, fuel was produced by heating coal in enclosed, oxygen-deprived ovens and then filtering before distribution.

The problem came in its storage, with many improvised and visually unnerving “gas bags” strapped to the tops of cars. These proved to be obvious fire hazards (given that so many people smoked at the time), restricted speed, and made bridges a bit tricky. So next time we’re held up by a bus, at least it doesn’t have a bomb strapped to the roof.[1]

9Square Sails

Wind was one of the earliest forms of renewable energy, with small boats powered by sails as early as 3500 BC. Used by the Romans, the Chinese, and famously by the Vikings on their longships, square sails were super inefficient if the wind was not directly behind them—which was highlighted by the large crews required on ocean-going vessels.[2]

Inspired by the Arab Dhow style, more triangular-shaped sails were adopted around the world to create smaller, simpler, and more maneuverable boats. These are now known as the fore-and-aft sails.

Without these developments, inland settlements and coastal trading may have taken much longer to progress.

8Tesla Tower

Photo via Wikimedia

In 1901, Nikola Tesla built a 56-meter-high (185 ft) tower at his lab in Long Island. With a huge copper transmitter on top, the Wardenclyffe Tower (aka “Tesla Tower”) aimed to transmit wireless electricity signals to the world.[3]

Initial tests were rumored to be positive, using the Earth itself to conduct electricity and power appliances nearby. However, Tesla lost his funding when rival scientist Guglielmo Marconi completed the world’s first wireless telegraph signal soon afterward.

Conspiracy theories remain over why Tesla’s grand plans were never continued. After all, free energy would have been bad for the oil business.

7Sugar

Photo credit: Scientific American

During the Great Depression, fuel was so expensive that US farmers started producing their own using alcohol. By extracting sugar from corn, they were able to produce the ethanol-diesel blend Agrol.

The development of biofuel blends like this continues to this day, but pure ethanol fuels can be brewed at home from sugar. Unfortunately, this has never caught on due to the equipment, time, and licenses required to do so. In addition, the cost of raw sugar is high and cars that run on pure ethanol are still illegal in the US.[4]

6Tornadoes

Photo credit: vortexengine.ca

Sounding suspiciously like something from a sci-fi film, the atmospheric vortex engine (AVE) aims to replicate a tornado-like vortex to produce mechanical energy. By heating the air from below in a circular motion, the heat carried up by powerful convection is collected by generators.[5]

These ambitious plans by engineer Louis Michaud have resulted in several prototypes of the AVE since the 1970s. But so far, they have been limited to small-scale tests with energy not yet extracted. Even once it’s refined, the elaborate engine may succumb to the first law of thermodynamics. As Mother Nature proves, it takes a lot of power to make a tornado.

5Diapers

Something smells off about this one in many ways, but it’s true. In 2007, engineering firm AMEC made plans to convert used diapers to energy in Quebec. This poo-to-power factory ran on the principles that plastic fibers and feces would break down well in pyrolysis (heating without oxygen).[6]

Despite the abundant supply of raw material, this venture didn’t take off. Perhaps they were tired of the constant jokes or embarrassed about their grand plans, but the ambitious project no longer features in Canadian energy policy.

4Air

Photo credit: citylab.com

In the late 2000s, a small French company and Indian giant Tata Motors embarked together on a mission to create cars powered by compressed air. Using the same piston mechanisms of a normal car, this new car would have required air at 4,350 psi in its tanks—a slight oversight as this pressure is not available from standard pumps.[7]

Although the car was estimated to reach a top speed of 109 kilometers per hour (68 mph), it needed electricity to compress the air in the first place. This is an issue in India, its main market, as the national grid relies heavily on some of world’s dirtiest coal.

3Nuclear Planes

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Straightaway, this sounds terrifying—and it was. From the Cold War until the 1960s, the Soviet Union developed several prototypes for nuclear-powered planes. The general principle was that incoming air would be heated by the reactor core before passing through a pressurized chamber to generate thrust.[8]

The main concern was how to shield the crew from the radiation emitted only a few meters away from them. Then there was the issue of fitting a rather large and heavy reactor into the back of a plane. The final straw was probably the risk of nuclear fallout from any potential crashes.

2Propeller Car

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Discovered in a barn in the French countryside in 2000, the Helicon is a bizarre propeller-powered car which is thought to have been originally built in 1932. Despite traditional petrol vehicles being well-established at the time, some mad inventor thought that it would be a good idea to stick some blades on the front and steer with the back wheels.[9]

As well as being difficult to handle, propeller propulsion made the vehicle rather slow and hills required a good run-up. It’s safe to say that we wouldn’t risk jaywalking if these had caught on.

1Peanuts

At the start of the 20th century, Henry Ford claimed that biofuels would power the future—even running his early Model Ts on ethanol—while diesel engines at the 1900 World’s Fair in Paris used peanut oil.

Although this didn’t catch on due to oil exploration, nuts have recently been tried again. In 2012, the Jordanian Rashadia cement plant used 24 million tons of pistachio shells as fuel to offset tight supplies of oil and gas in the country.[10]

From my fav Newsletter – Brainpickings.org

This is the weekly email digest of brainpickings.org by Maria Popova. If you missed last week’s edition — Camus on the courage to create dangerously, how Carl Sagan inspired Maya Angelou, Erich Fromm on the life-expanding art of spontaneity — you can catch up right here. And if you’re enjoying this newsletter, please consider supporting my labor of love with a donation – each month, I spend hundreds of hours and tremendous resources on it, and every little bit of support helps enormously. If you already donate: THANK YOU.

Two Hundred Years of Blue

With Carl Sagan’s poetic Pale Blue Dot on my mind lately, I have found myself dwelling on the color blue and the way our planet’s elemental hue, the most symphonic of the colors, recurs throughout our literature as something larger than a mere chromatic phenomenon — a symbol, a state of being, a foothold to the most lyrical and transcendent heights of the imagination.

Gathered here is a posy of blue from some of my favorite encounters with this more-than-color in the literature of the past two centuries.

JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE (1810)

In his sixty-first year, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe(August 28, 1749–March 22, 1832), by then Europe’s reigning intellect, published Theory of Colors (public library | public domain) — his effort to unearth the psychological link between color and emotion nearly a century before the dawn of psychology as a formal field of study, penned just before his compatriot Abraham Gottlob Werner released his seminal scientific nomenclature of color, which Darwin would later take on The Beagle.

“We love to contemplate blue,” Goethe wrote, “not because it advances to us, but because it draws us after it.” The treatise, composed as a refutation of Newton, turned out to have no scientific validity. But its conceptual aspects fascinated and inspired generations of philosophers and scientists ranging from Arthur Schopenhauer to Kurt Gödel.

Color chart by Patrick Syme for Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours: Adapted to Zoology, Botany, Chemistry, Mineralogy, Anatomy, and the Arts.

Goethe writes in the section allotted to blue:

As yellow is always accompanied with light, so it may be said that blue still brings a principle of darkness with it.

This color has a peculiar and almost indescribable effect on the eye. As a hue it is powerful — but it is on the negative side, and in its highest purity is, as it were, a stimulating negation. Its appearance, then, is a kind of contradiction between excitement and repose.

As the upper sky and distant mountains appear blue, so a blue surface seems to retire from us.

But as we readily follow an agreeable object that flies from us, so we love to contemplate blue — not because it advances to us, but because it draws us after it.

Blue gives us an impression of cold, and thus, again, reminds us of shade… Rooms which are hung with pure blue, appear in some degree larger, but at the same time empty and cold.

The appearance of objects seen through a blue glass is gloomy and melancholy.

HENRY DAVID THOREAU (1843)

“Where is my cyanometer,” Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817–May 6, 1862) exclaimed in his splendid journal on a blue-skied spring day, referring to the curious deviceinvented by the Swiss scientist Horace-Bénédict de Saussure a century earlier to measure the blueness of the sky, which the polymathic naturalist Alexander von Humboldt enthusiastically embraced. “We love to see any part of the earth tinged with blue, cerulean, the color of the sky, the celestial color,” Thoreau wrote in another spring entry. “The blue of my eye sympathizes with this blue in the snow,” he recorded in a winter one. “Blue is light seen through a veil,” he wrote on the precipice of the two seasons.

Horace-Bénédict de Saussure’s cyanometer, circa 1760.

Self/ Success Saboteurs…

What is Self Sabotaging Behavior?

  1. Behaviour is said to be selfsabotaging when it creates problems and interferes with long-standing goals.
  2. The most common selfsabotaging behaviours are procrastination, self-medication with drugs or alcohol, comfort eating, and forms of self-injury such as cutting.

What is self-destructive behaviour?

  1. Selfdestructive behaviour is any behaviour that is harmful or potentially harmful towards the person who engages in the behaviour
  2. Selfdestructive behaviours exist on a continuum, with suicide at one extreme end of the scale. Selfdestructive actions may be deliberate, born of impulse, or developed as a habit.

Here is a good article link from Psychology Today on this subject.

What is a self-saboteur?
  1. Selfsaboteurs drive people away. Often rooted in underlying feelings of inadequacy and fear of failure, selfsaboteurs push others away.
  2. Most often, they do this by being overly critical and negative of those around them.
  3. Self-saboteurs are masters at procrastination.
What is a self-defeating behaviour?
  1. Any behaviour you engage in that is self-sabotaging, that takes you away from what you want, or that distracts you from your goals is behaviour that is selfdefeating.
  2. These behaviours zap your vitality, leaving you exhausted and without access to the powerful energy, you need to create your best life.

 

What are examples of self-destructive behaviours?
The following are examples of self-destructive behaviour:
  • Drinking alcohol.
  • Overeating.
  • Cutting yourself.
  • Verbally lashing out at someone.
  • Avoiding other people or isolating yourself.
  • Using drugs.
  • Engaging in disordered eating (for example, fasting or purging)
  • Gambling.

The Curse of war on Cash – from Cato Institute newsletter.

Current Tactics in the War
The main policy tactics in the war on cash are currently four:

1. Abolish high-denomination banknotes.

2. Place a maximum legal value on cash payments.

3. Require declarations from any party carrying a cash amount above a specified value across the national border.

4. Require banks to report to authorities any cash deposits or withdrawals in amounts above (or suspiciously near) a specified value.

via The Curse of the War on Cash | Cato Institute

Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Instead of cataloguing your flaws, shortcomings, and everything you lack, inspire inner growth by focusing on your gifts, strengths, and yearnings, and devote yourself to making them flourish. The self-needs a committed gardener.”

— Peg Streep

I recommend Dorie Clark – An Author I like.

via Coaching – Dorie Clark

Following the release of my books Reinventing You and Stand Out, I’ve begun working directly with a limited number of high-level professionals, from entrepreneurs to executives to authors.

In our coaching work together, we focus on the areas where you’d like to grow, which may include:

• Defining and clarifying your professional brand
• Reinventing yourself professionally and gaining access to new opportunities
• Increasing your ability to attract the right kind of clients
• Becoming a published author and marketing your book successfully
• Dramatically enhancing your social media presence and impact
• Launching a new entrepreneurial venture and/or taking your existing practice to the next level

I typically work with clients doing either a half-day strategy session or a six-month coaching engagement.

These are not right for everyone; they’re personalized offerings and are priced accordingly. If you’d like to explore free or low-cost resources, please check out my booksonline courses, and the more than 400 free articles on my site.

If you’d like to learn more about opportunities for more intensive personal work together, please read below.

When Forgiving oneself is the hardest kind of forgiveness.

I foundis artic thle very interesting and wort a read.  Sharing.

 

Andrea Brandt Ph.D. M.F.T.
Mindful Anger

When Forgiving Yourself Is the Hardest Kind of Forgiveness
How do you forgive yourself even when it feels impossible?
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So you’ve done something wrong. You’ve hurt someone else or yourself, and now you feel angry, guilty, sad, or ashamed. If someone else had wronged you, you’d want an apology, and then you’d decide whether or not to forgive them. But when it’s you who’s done the wronging, the steps are less clear. Maybe you don’t believe you deserve forgiveness, or you do but don’t know how to self-forgive. Either way, you feel awful.

How do you forgive yourself even when it feels impossible?

The first thing I’d like you to do is to acknowledge and appreciate the way you feel right now. Acknowledge that not everyone is self-aware or empathetic enough to admit they’ve done something wrong. Appreciate that you’re the kind of person who can recognize your faults and mistakes and say, “I did this; I am responsible.” You’ve done something wrong, yes, but at your core, you are a good person.

You may have read one of my earlier articles about forgiving others. Many of the principles of self-forgiveness are the same as forgiving someone else. When you forgive another or forgive yourself, you let go of your grievances and judgments and allow healing to start. By “let go” I don’t mean you pretend it never happened or say that what happened was OK. Forgiveness isn’t a pardon or an excuse, and it doesn’t mean you can’t continue to have feelings about what happened. Forgiving means accepting what happened and finding a way to move forward.

As a marriage and family therapist, I’ve worked with many patients on self-forgiveness. Some have done things that may seem unforgivable, but there’s one thing that those who’ve done the “unforgivable” and those who’ve done the easier-to-forgive have in common: They’re all human. Human beings make mistakes. Some mistakes are small, and some are enormous, but they’re all made for the same reason: We are imperfect creatures, and we’re all deserving of forgiveness.

We’re all doing the best we can with the tools we have. Sometimes those tools aren’t very helpful; our parents weren’t good role models, or our perceptions and judgments are flawed, or our beliefs and points of reference don’t serve our interests. I want you to sit quietly for a moment and say to yourself, “I did what I did because I am human and human beings aren’t perfect.”

The next step toward self-forgiveness is seeing the whole picture of the situation that needs releasing. This means you need to accept what happened,
understand how and why it happened, and see all that came out of it—the obvious bad and the not-so-obvious good.

To forgive yourself, you need to mindfully expand your view of what happened. First, you must own what you have done and the consequences of your actions. And, you need to accept that there’s nothing you can do to change the past.

via When Forgiving Yourself Is the Hardest Kind of Forgiveness | Psychology Today

Difficult Lessons: How to Learn What You Need to and Move On

Excellent article I found. Sharing. 
Difficult Lessons: How to Learn What You Need to and Move On

By Fiona Robyn



“Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.” ~Pema ChodronRumi says, “Until you’ve found pain, you won’t reach the cure.”


I’ve been self-employed for many years now. This is no accident. I’ve always liked to do things my own way. I like to arrange my diary in exactly the way I want to, and make my own mind up about how I do things. I like to work without having to justify anything to a manager.


I’m not always comfortable in working relationships where the other person is “higher up” than me—when they’re in authority. You could say that I’m a teensy bit of a control-freak.


I used to work for a big corporation, and my relationships with my managers weren’t always easy. I was very critical of the way they did things, and if they criticized me I sometimes got very defensive. I learned a great deal from a couple of good managers, but I also spent a lot of time resenting being “told what to do.”


Recently, I decided to embark upon training to become a Buddhist minister. This involves having a “supervisor” who is responsible for my spiritual training, and who will ultimately be responsible for deciding whether or not I “make the grade” and ordain.


Last month, my supervisor asked me a question in an email and I felt immediately attacked and defensive. I felt annoyed. I complained to my friend. I sent her a long and rambling reply, outlining all the reasons why she shouldn’t be asking the question. We exchanged a few emails, and the situation got more and more confused.


I thought I’d managed to avoid conflict with people senior to me when I became self-employed. I didn’t have a manager anymore, so what was the problem?


The problem is that, as Pema Chodron says, nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.


This difficult situation arose with my supervisor because I had avoided dealing with my control issues by becoming self-employed. It was only a matter of time before these issues might have appeared in a different place in my life—with a colleague, perhaps, or in a disguised form in a relationship with a friend.


After trying to sort things out by email, eventually my supervisor phoned me and we had a conversation about what had happened. I was still feeling very defensive, and quite angry. We spoke for a while. She was patient and encouraged me to be open.


Eventually, I admitted that I sometimes found it difficult to be in relationships with people who hold authority over me. This was a turning point. Once this was “out in the open,” it was more possible to look objectively at what had happened between us.


By the end of the phone call I felt a huge sense of relief. I had challenged my supervisor, and she had survived. She could see my point of view, and I could see her point of view. She did have a good point with her question!


I haven’t suddenly become the ideal employee, but I do feel that I’ve begun to make progress in how I deal with authority. I can now feel grateful for this incident, however uncomfortable it was at the time.


If you feel trapped by a difficult situation that keeps re-appearing, no matter what you do, the following suggestions might help:


Be kind to yourself.

We can often end up in similar situations with different people, after promising ourselves that we won’t. This is because we are human! It can be easy to beat ourselves up, but it isn’t helpful, and it only adds misery to an already-miserable situation.


Be honest.

Once you’ve been kind to yourself, it’s helpful to be as honest with yourself as you can. It’s natural to want to blame the other person when we’re in conflict. Begin to take some responsibility for your part in what has happened. If you can do this, then change is possible.


Be curious.

Do you recognize this pattern from your history? From elsewhere in your life? What happens? How does it start? What hooks you in? It might help to discuss this with a good friend, or to write some notes.


Be aware.

Try and catch yourself when you find yourself in a similar situation. When something starts hooking you in, notice, “Ah, here I am again!”


Be experimental.

This is where you can try behaving differently from the way you usually behave.


This might be holding your tongue, or it might be being more honest with the person you’re speaking with. It might be feeling things you’ve been avoiding, like sadness or anger. It might be taking some time away from the situation to consider what you’d like to do, rather than diving in feet first. Keep being curious, keep talking to your friends, and keep experimenting.


Be grateful.

If you can find a way to learn something from what is happening, then you will change for the better. You are also likely to feel the same relief I did when I “came clean” with my supervisor. Pause and feel grateful for what happened, and for the lesson you learned.


None of us like learning lessons about ourselves. None of us like to be wrong, or to acknowledge a part of ourselves that is flawed or frightened. This is why our lessons have to keep coming back over and over again.


Rumi says, “Until you’ve found pain, you won’t reach the cure.” When I look back over my life, I realize the most important lessons I’ve learned have often been a result of some kind of pain—whether the pain manifested as disappointment, or anger, or fear. I would never think so at the time, but I can feel grateful for that pain now.


Without this pain, I wouldn’t be the person I am now—a teensy bit less of a control freak! More humble. Hopefully, more loving. And definitely more grateful for life and all that it gives me.


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Excellent short books and download from ChangeThis.

Change speeds. Tom Peters, author of The Excellence Dividend, reading the umpteenth article on how we must now do everything in business at a jillion miles an hour, thought “What a crock,” and decided to pen a response. Read The Speed Trap.
Change sales. James Kouzes, Barry Posner, and Deb Calvert, authors ofStop Selling & Start Leading, discuss how sales can transform “values into actions, visions into realities, obstacles into innovations, separateness into solidarity, and risks into rewards.” ReadWhat If Sellers Behaved as Leaders?
Change the future. Alice Mann, author of Future First, helps leaders plan for, and bring about a more positive future, by detailing “eight essential business practices for futureproofing your company.” ReadFutureproof.
Change relationships. Mary Abbajay, author of Managing Up, suggests we stop wishing the workplace was more of a meritocracy, and start developing a positive and productive relationship with our boss to drive our success.” Read Don’t Suck Up, Manage Up.
Change beliefs. Hylke Faber, author of Taming Your Crocodiles, believes knowing who we truly are is the core of effective leadership and a fulfilling life, and helps us define and overcome our deepest fears to get us there. ReadTaming Your Seven Crocodiles.
Change size. Sharon Rowe, author ofThe Magic of Tiny Business, discusses the many advantages of scaling your business to the needs of your life, and to the needs of society. Read Finding the Magic in “Tiny” Business.

Cognitive Bias, Logical thinking, NLP !

One of the first lessons we learn in NLP – NEURO-LINGUISTIC PROGRAMMING is about what is termed as Cognitive Bias.

cognitive bias is a mistake in reasoning, evaluating, remembering, 
or other cognitive process, often occurring as a result of holding 
onto one's preferences and beliefs regardless of contrary information.Psychologists 
study cognitive biases as they relate to memory, reasoning, 
and decision-making.

Cognitive biases are mentioned by NLP practitioners, trainers as flaws in logical thinking that are considered responsible for bad decisions, and they say that learning about these can reduce errors in the thought process, leading to a more successful life.

Cognitive Bias vs. Logical Fallacy. … A logical fallacy stems from an error in a logical argument, while a cognitive bias is rooted in thought processing errors often arising from problems with memory, attention, attribution, and other mental mistakes.

These biases are very closely said to be related to logical fallacies, which may help win an argument or present information better.

They classify Biases at Cognitive Level as  –Some have defined 12 and others 25.:

1)Anchoring Bias

2)Availability Heuristic bias

3)Bandwagon Bias

4)Choice Supportive Bias

5)Confirmation Bias

6)Ostrich Bias

7)Outcome Bias

8)Overconfidence

9)Placebo bias

10)Survivorship Bias

11)Selective Perception Bias

12)Blind Spot Bias

Charlie’s Reason for Interest in Psychology

    • Bias 1: Reward and Punishment Superresponse Tendency
    • Bias 2: Liking/Loving Tendency
    • Bias 3: Disliking/Hating Tendency
    • Bias 4: Doubt-Avoidance Tendency
    • Bias 5: Inconsistency-Avoidance Tendency
    • Bias 6: Curiosity Tendency
    • Bias 7: Kantian Fairness Tendency
    • Bias 8: Envy/Jealousy Tendency
    • Bias 9: Reciprocation Tendency
    • Bias 10: Influence-from-Mere-Association Tendency
    • Bias 11: Simple, Pain-Avoiding Psychological Denial
    • Bias 12: Excessive Self-Regard Tendency
    • Bias 13: Overoptimism Tendency
    • Bias 14: Deprival-Superreaction Tendency
    • Bias 15: Social-Proof Tendency
    • Bias 16: Contrast-Misreaction Tendency
    • Bias 17: Stress-Influence Tendency
    • Bias 18: Availability-Misweighing Tendency
    • Bias 19: Use-It-or-Lose-It Tendency
    • Bias 20: Drug-Misinfluence Tendency
    • Bias 21: Senescence-Misinfluence Tendency
    • Bias 22: Authority-Misinfluence Tendency
    • Bias 23: Twaddle Tendency
    • Bias 24: Reason-Respective Tendency
    • Bias 25: Lollapalooza Tendency

It’s not brain surgery, It’s not Rocket Science, It’s not… It’s not…

Some Random phrases to provoke thought this morning. 🙂

It’s Not Brain Surgery

Meaning: 

A task that’s easy to accomplish, a thing lacking complexity.

it’s not rocket science
If something is not rocket science,

it is not difficult to understand.

It’s your funeral
The phrase It’s your funeral!

is used to mean that if someone has to face the consequences of his or her actions.

Random Phrases

  1. Shot In the DarkMeaning: 

    An attempt that has little chance of success.

  2. Off One’s BaseMeaning: 

    A person that is crazy or behaving in an idiotic way

  3. Tug of WarMeaning: It can refer to the popular rope pulling game or it can mean a struggle for authority.
  4. No-BrainerMeaning: Anything that requires minimal brain activity to accomplish.

Forgive the past, It is Over! Great quote below:

Today’s Inspirational Quote:“Forgive the past. It is over. Learn from it and let go. People are constantly changing and growing. Do not cling to a limited, disconnected, negative image of a person in the past. See that person now. Your relationship is always alive and changing.”

— Brian Weiss

Great message indeed. I am an advocate of NOT CLINGING TO PAST BAGGAGE or BAGASSE’.  I believe in throwing it will all our might in the sky from where it does never return.

I also believe in Forgive ….. no not forget… I still have some past memories that I can not forget but they remain with me as learnings and I quote them transparently as my failures, my learnings, and experience to my mentees (masking names or any reference which will reveal People’s identities. I believe in Top Secret Confidentiality while dealing with mentees or people who come for coaching/ consulting.  It is very important to maintain this as it keeps the TRUST sustainable and trust for me is Binary – Trust or No Trust.  I do not attach Degrees, or percentages to Trust. That’s my nature.

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