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Loving Yourself, the Heart of it All

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Songs, poems, movies, paintings buildings and lives have been built to celebrate the power of love.  Often it is about our love for the “other”:  a deity, a romantic partner, a family member, a leader, a friend or even a trusted animal.  Very little in human experience has plumbed the depths of our collective soul and generated such a massive outpouring of attempts to describe that which seems at one in the same time to be both universal and indescribable – something completely understood in the roots of our shared experience yet inscrutable as to how to explain or articulate it. Forever inadequate to the task, we plunder forward, each new generation feeling as though they, for the first time, are feeling the exquisite pain, the longing and the joy.

The curse of humanity is that we are intelligent enough to be disconnected from our creator.  We have brains with oversized egos and ideas that haunt our waking days with the realization that we are perhaps insignificant or meaningless.  Yes, we can launch rockets into space but all we encounter is more soul-defying vastness that disrupts our perpetual desire to be unique, special and full of meaning.

I love love.  It is the window to the universe and to all that fashions it.

I think that lost in the talk of love is the importance of its most essential building block- love of one’s self.  By this I do not mean celebrating one’s ego, wit, beauty, or accomplishments.  Self-love begins in the darkest places of our experiences.  It begins where we find the tipping point between our best selves and our worst selves.  It begins where the negative emotions of fear, shame and loathing cast their shadow.  Can we love ourselves at the core of our most desperate liabilities?

Each of us brings our own wounds and insufficiencies to this life.  Oftentimes our greatest strengths are just the B side to the Greatest Hits compilation of our greatest liabilities. It is usually just a matter of degree.  We are bound to fail.  We are bound to be undone.  Can we love ourselves when our best and our worst meet in the exquisitely imperfect dance of our flailing lives?

People look for other people to love and to love them back.  I’m not sure that effort can yield much success until you find the room in your heart to love yourself.  It is the heart of it all.  In your ability to love yourself through ups and downs, strengths and liabilities and you open a window to universe in your heart.  Loving yourself in this warts and all fashion makes it possible and to love another with the kind of beauty and grace we wish for ourselves.  Love yourself, truly, and then give that same blessing to the world.  It is what life asks of us is we are willing to rise to the call.

Our Digital Marketing Data is Growing Up…Now We Have To

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I’m dating myself but I can remember when marketers first began to discover that the digital arena afforded us so many more metrics that helped us understand our campaigns.  Impressions, clicks, CTR, cost-of-acquisition, and engagement metrics all made us feel so empowered.  Then again, the more we drilled into the data, the more often we became frustrated but what it did not reveal or by the innumerable rabbit holes one could go down while trying to make sense of all the information.  However, we are humans…incessantly curious and vain in our tool use so deeper we went.  I love that aspect of digital.  That’s why I have drawn inspiration from a series of articles recently that are challenging me to dig even deeper to into customer data to get beyond basic attribution assumptions and paint a picture of who each person really is.  I want to think more about this. Read More

Shrimp Suspended in Green Jello Mold

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In the annals of Bad Food Art, there is a consistent theme around the concept of food being presented in a molded shape.  Anytime you can take a series of ingredients and make them appear to be something altogether outside anything that occurs in the natural world it represents a triumph of human technology.  Jello molds are the consummate example of this (though they are closely rivaled by the “loaf” which may get it’s own wing in the Bad Food Art Museum soon). Read More

Velveeta- Golden Glory

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I believe we all secretly fear that Velveeta is made from the same basic materials as traffic cones.  When it is depicted that way it only drives home the realization that have no idea what we are putting in our bodies.

When I first began assembling the Bad Food Art Museum, I thought that the 1950s exuberance over all things heavily manufactured or processed was lighthearted and fun.  It is, but as I have become more aware of the challenges created by our American diet,  I also began to realize that this time period is the ground zero of the bad food bomb the fallout of which continues to settle over us today. Read More

At the end of the road there is a lighthouse showing new one

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Reconsider your deeds before judgment day arrives

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How to become a tough lady always ready for the storm

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Country roads take me home

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Jump as much as you can and close your eyes

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Love this morning outside love this cup of coffee

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