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Beautiful Decay

I have a fascination with abandoned places. I find them beautiful, and the tales of their glory and demise are fascinating and intriguing. While I have yet to see many of them first-hand, luckily there are plenty of intrepid travelers, photographers, and journalists to capture them for me to preview from home. At the top… Read More

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World’s Whitest Paint Could Help Cool the Planet

You’ve probably heard of the world’s blackest paint, Vantablack, before. It’s so black that shapes covered in it are not discernable by the human eye. I didn’t even think that the opposite—the world’s “whitest” paint—would be a thing until I saw this article on my Reddit feed. Academic researchers have invented a white paint that… Read More

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The Little Known Bird Painter of Chickadee Valley

Recently I was introduced to the work of Rex Brasher (1869-1960), the little known bird painter, who as a boy vowed to paint every bird in North America. Brasher worked from life and painted birds in their natural habitats. Without any formal art training, Rex painted 3,000 individual birds which included males, females, and juveniles.… Read More

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Spotted in the Garden

Contemporary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is one of the most popular artists in the world, drawing millions to experience her immersive installations. Exclusively at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, she created several site-specific installations as part of the exhibition Kusama: Cosmic Nature. From NYBG: Kusama reveals her lifelong fascination with the natural… Read More

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Combat Zoom Fatigue

Since the beginning of the pandemic, I have video meetings on average four to five times each day. I’ve gotten used to the platform and GoogleMeet has allowed our business to function successfully while our entire staff works remotely. But there is something unnatural about these digital meetings that I never experienced back in the… Read More

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Everyone’s a Critic

Yelp reviewers are notoriously harsh in their reviews of anything, any service, or any place. The service industry is terrified of receiving a bad review posted on Yelp which could drive their business into the ground. Surely no one would expect Yelp reviewers to verbally trash our national parks. Well, they did and illustrator/designer Amber… Read More

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Designer Pasta

I am a huge pasta lover, and even consider myself an amateur pasta maker (only linguini and ravioli, hence amateur). While exploring The New York Times Food section, I stumbled on an article about a new pasta: cascatelli. The pasta was created by Dan Pashman, the host of the podcast The Sporkful, with a pasta… Read More

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Comic Relief: Part 2

A few months ago, I posted the first in a series of funny artist roundups. As I gather artists for Part 2, it does seem that the collective weight on our shoulders is slowly lifting. At this point, a majority of my friends and family have either signed up for or have received their first… Read More

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Colorless Cars Continue

As a young person in the 1970s and 1980s, my family and my friends had cars in all shades of colors. My Dad’s ’75 Plymouth Fury sported a frost green paint job. My neighbor’s ’72 Ford Fairlane shined a bright calypso coral. My aunt’s ’74 Oldsmobile Cutlass turned heads in Sebring yellow. So why are… Read More