Art: Seeds of Love

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My final watercolor class is tomorrow. We’ll be exchanging Seeds of Love (mini mandalas). Here are mine. We only need to bring one, but I needed more than one attempt to create something gift-worthy! The upper right one won’t be gifted, it’s a hot, orange mess! I’m happiest with the bottom two.

I thoroughly enjoyed taking this six-week class from Michele Faia and happily recommend her!


Updated: Ready for tomorrow!
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The Chokehold of Calendars

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An older Medium post by Mike Monteiro and still a goodie:
https://medium.com/@monteiro/the-chokehold-of-calendars-f70bb9221b36

Why are you letting other people put things on your calendar? The time displayed on your calendar belongs to you, not to them. “I’m adding a meeting” should really be “I’m subtracting an hour from your life.”

I vividly remember the confusion I felt when I was told, “Just add an appointment to someone’s calendar. We all do it here.” This was on Day One or Day Two of my new job. My manager had thoughtfully provided a list of people that I should meet. “How should I initially approach them?” I asked. “Just add yourself to their calendar,” he said. I was horrified. How presumptuous! What a way to make a first impression. “Hi! You don’t know me. And this feels crazy. But here’s my calendar invite!” I think I’d rather show up at their cube singing Call Me Maybe!

The Shut-In Economy

https://medium.com/matter/the-shut-in-economy-ec3ec1294816

A great read that captures and more calmly explains my knee-jerk reaction against a lot of online “convenience” services. Are we really doing bigger and better things with the time that these services free up for us? I’m also concerned about the effect of these services on widening income inequality.

And I found this description funny: “The messengers do talk. They end up asking each other which apps they work for: Postmates. Seamless. EAT24. GrubHub. Safeway.com.” What app do you work for? Not “what company”.