New Life After Death

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“As the Year of the Rooster clucks to an end, may the Dog lead us to happiness.”

– Quiet Riley –

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Speed Sketching: You Should Try!

Throughout my quiet existence on Earth, I have tried speed dialing, speed writing, heck, even speed dating (in my defense, I was tagging along with friends), but never before have I tried Speed Sketching–that is, until last night! Fourteen artists (some amateur, some pro) gathered inside a small, dingy room in some remote Chinese neighborhood where people hang-dry their shoes, socks and undergarments for all to see.

The Rules: one artist poses front and center for 1 minute while everyone else sketches away. Some artists used watercolors, pencils and charcoal. Others (such as myself) used iPads. After wrestling with the timer, dim lighting and plenty of shaken nerves, my flat screen displayed the following doodles:

As you can tell, there isn’t much to see (remember, 60 seconds). Below are the artists’ sketches of me. Two are fun and realistic. One is quite grotesque. Can you guess which one?

New Year’s Resolution #8: Do More Yoga

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As I formulate my New Year’s resolutions for 2018, I will most-definitely add do more yoga to that list. Not only is yoga a great physical and mental workout, but it’s an effective way to understand the body (bones, muscles, internal organs, etc). Having performed various stretches and postures called asanas, I’ve realized that (besides being as limber as dried-up coral washed ashore), my body parts have grown quite imbalanced. For example, my left arm and leg are way more flexible than my right arm and leg. Why is that? What scientific phenomenon has caused this disparity throughout the years? Besides this question, doing yoga has brought up many, many more. And it’s asking questions about ourselves and the world around us that keeps our minds on the path of curiosity and creativity. So get ready, yoga mat, you’ll be seeing more of my rigid skeleton in 2018!

Dali/Picasso Exhibit, Part 1

This weekend I stopped by the Salvador Dali & Pablo Picasso exhibit in Shenzhen, China. Being a Dali enthusiast, I spent five surreal hours getting lost in his work (with two much-needed breaks in between). The exhibit was truly immersive, not only showcasing mind-bending prints, portraits and sculptures, but including large-scale replicas of psychedelic sofas and melting clocks for one’s selfie pursuits. Since the collection was quite large, this post will be split into two parts. Enjoy!