Monday January 22nd 2018



Word on Wednesday: A Week’s Finds

I read a lot of articles on the internet.  In fact, the last book I read was a re-read of Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird.  Not surprisingly it was an article that reminded me of how that book inspired me to write more.

Usually by Wednesday, I’ve sent a number of emails to clients and colleagues with a list of links that remind me of them.  So, I’ve decided to start a new column:  Word on Wednesday: A Week’s Finds.

My intention is that you find it inspiring or helpful in your travels.

Carry on.


Futurists discuss how the world will change in royal baby’s reign

Image credit: Associated Press

With the birth of the Royal Baby, comes a rash of pictures, articles and speculation from the usual suspects.  With a unique twist, futurist and global consumer trends expert Kristina Dryza sent me this one.  The article creates an opportunity to speak to more than the birth of a royal.  It addresses what future babies today might expect to grow up into.

Modern Art Desserts: From Mondrian Cake to Matisse Parfait

Maria Popova over at Brain Pickings curates interestingness.  This week she found Caitlin Freeman, pastry chef of the Blue Bottle café at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.  Her now famous Mondrian Cake is featured in the video enclosed in the article, along with many other artful takes on dessert.  Good, sweet fun.

Make your life better by sending five simple emails


These suggestions just make so much sense.  As do most things written by of Barking Up The Wrong Tree.



Craft a Sustainable Career


Image: Artist, Jonna Pohjalainen

 It’s from the Harvard Business Review, and it starts like this:

Imagine crafting a sustainable career for yourself. Year after year, you perform work that makes full use of your skills and challenges you to develop new ones. Your work not only interests you, it gives you a sense of meaning. You enjoy opportunities for learning and development. You work with people who energize you. You are confident that your skills and competencies make you valuable and marketable and that you can access opportunities through your network. You are able to fit your work together with the other things in your life that are important to you, like family, friends, and leisure.

Go on, you know you want to.




Food Porn: The World’s Newest Obsession


I live  in Foodie-Ville.

Sonoma County, California is known for its access to the world’s most beautiful, biodynamic, Demeter-approved, organic, humanely-produced, preciously prepared and ingested culinary perfection.  So I’m accustomed to seeing lots of social media food porn.

But really, how many pictures can we take of pizza, pasta, lamb chops, ice cream and cupcakes?  Apparently it’s an endless display, which makes the Tumbler, Pictures of Hipsters Taking Pictures of Food, a warranted nod to the meta-nature of this phenom.

Bon Appétit.

July 4th Afterthoughts: Andy Warhol on American Thinking


“Everybody has their own America, and then they have pieces of a fantasy America that they think is out there but they can’t see. So the fantasy corners of America, you’ve pieced them together from scenes in movies and music and lines from books. And you live in your dream America that you’ve custom-made from art and schmaltz and emotions just as much as you live in your real one.”

Andy Warhol, image by Alberto Schommer

via @claytoncubitt on instagram

Martin Margiela’s Three Fs: Fashion, Fetish, Fabulous

A few thoughts on fashion’s inspired Belgian designer, Martin Margiela and his new collection.

Somewhere between the past and the future of fashion lies the Artisanal collection of Maison Martin Margiela’s Ligne 1.

The ideas in the collection may not translate to our everyday closet, but looking at the inspiration and utility of his mixed mediums, there are some exciting thoughts as to where fashion, design and ideas can take us, as something old creates something new.

Not only does Margiela fuse reuse with new fabrics and concepts, his collaboration with Swarovski created, Crystalacite, fusing crystal with white resin.  Without the use of glue, the project comes up with couture quality results,  that can be applied to the every day. 

As past and future come together in this genre of mixed use, mixed trends and mixed media, the ideas speak to now, with nods in all the right directions.


Inspired by a post on DazedDigital.

The Neglect of a Loved One: Back to MixingReality

Life has a funny way of sneaking up on you.  Whether it’s getting to the taxes that you filed an extension for, touching up the roots on your do, or finally getting the house painted after many years of hemming and hawing about costs and colors…time marches on.