Fix something around your house/apartment.
“On Mother’s Day I took my 3 year old son Max to the playground to try out his new razor scooter. I accidentally left my phone at home. At first I was a little frantic. What was I going to do without my iPhone at the park? No words with friends, no e-mail checks, no texting nonsense with my boyfriend. Ok, so I probably won’t get mother of the year at the playground, trying to get a 50 letter word on my phone while my son is hanging off the side of the jungle gym screaming to me for help. After accepting my fate that I was phone free, I started to race with Max on the tennis court, letting him win on his 3 wheel ride while I trailed behind cheering him on. We scooted around, laughing, and it hit me, how much more fun I was having. I wasn’t distracted, I was giving my full attention to Max, and I felt this real energy shift, that we were in the experience together. We ended up staying at the park for two hours and the time flew by, with fewer tantrums, and even a few moments of grace. I realize that I owe it to Max to be “in it’ with him when we are together. Our time is so precious together, I am going to try to make a real effort to have my phone turned off when we are together more. I would hate to miss something, over mindless nonsense, though a 100 letter word with a friend from time to time is pretty sweet!” (Tiffany Woolf)
It’s high culture at LACMA for us this weekend, with an exhibit mixing dance, math, and a historical perspective on innovation. Israeli Noa Eshkol’s ground breaking work creating and notating her original choreography is on display and is worth our attention, having had a profound effect not just on a notably cultish following of devoted dancers, but on animal behavior, physical therapy, and the diagnosis of Autism as well.
According to Monet, it is possible that the flowers in his own garden were the reason he became a painter. The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx has recreated that famous and recognizable garden in a seasonally changing tribute to the painter, and this Saturday we’ll venture to see what effect such a place might have on our own creativity.