As we approach Halloween during a pandemic, I started wondering.
Do we really feel like donning a costume mask after wearing one in our daily lives for six months?
I have heard people say that they notice how eyes smile more now that many are in masks. Or they meet new people who are wearing masks and then when they finally see their face, they do not recognize them as their brain created a face under the mask that did not match reality. Continue reading
Debbie Millman, designer and author, was a guest on the Tim Ferriss podcast that I listened to this week. After multiple rejections in her career and overcoming a traumatic childhood, she wrote six books, co-founded the world’s first masters in branding program, started one of the world’s first podcasts entitled Design Matters, and was the editorial and creative director of Print Magazine for a time (a magazine which was in print from 1940 to 2017).
She mentioned that one of the things she has asked of her students over the years is to write, “Your Ten-Year Plan For A Remarkable Life.” This is something she learned as a student of Milton Glaser (who created the I Heart NY campaign which I remember vividly from my childhood.) Continue reading
The International Day of the Girl Child was this past weekend and I saw something posted that really made me pause. It mentioned that at age 15 Joan of Arc led a French army in a victory battle, Anne Frank had written a diary about being a Jewish girl hiding in a city occupied by the Nazis that went on to become a world-renowned book, Greta Thunberg inspired a global movement to stop climate change, and Malala was shot for speaking out in support of girls’ education and has since graduated from Oxford and won the Nobel Peace Prize. These girls changed the world. Continue reading
I watched a TED Talk by actor Ethan Hawke entitled, “Give yourself permission to be creative.” He said you must ‘play the fool’ sometimes and be vulnerable. Go out on a limb. He caught the acting bug after his first stage performance at age 12 and he has been at it ever since. When he and his brother walked out of the movie Top Gun years ago, they were both so affected by the tale. It made Ethan want to tell stories as an actor and it made his brother want to join the military. They both followed those passions and were extremely successful with acting awards for Ethan and a decorated military career for his Green Beret brother. Continue reading