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Julahas. Handwoven capes from India to Amsterdam

Julahas. Handwoven capes from India to Amsterdam

One week into January and I couldn’t follow through on my ‘new year’s resolution’. Last week I again felt that writing an email amidst the horrible reckoning of US history would seem false, oblivious and even distasteful.  Then I saw photos like this: Seeing the army in DC has left some feeling scared and hopeless. For me, it serves as a reminder. If we hold something dear, we have to work to protect it.  My resolution was to find people keeping art alive and share their work with you. I begin with Kanak. Kanak is the founder of Amsterdam based Julahas....

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Plagues, Injustice and the Beauty of Ancient Rome

Plagues, Injustice and the Beauty of Ancient Rome

This quiet week between Christmas and New Year’s Day has many reflecting on 2020 and trying to have “hope” for 2021. After a lifetime of unmemorable New Year’s Eve celebrations, this year will be no exception. There was the year I went at a friend’s apartment in NYC with a view of Times Square and he played Prince’s 1999 right when the ball reached the bottom which was cool. But before that it was babysitting while my parents went to a party and more recently I wonder how and why I would stay up until midnight. It made me think...

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How to Worship the Sun

How to Worship the Sun

Driving around Boston last night I said to my husband “Isn’t it strange every person on the planet is afraid of the same disease right now?” “We all have something in common??” he said trying to be positive. “I suppose. I just wish it was something that brought a little more light to everyone rather than death.” A few minutes later on a family zoom, my mother commented that I didn’t write an email last week. Considering I have a small business of very gift-able products, the week before Christmas was an ideal time to write. But I just couldn’t....

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Six Varieties of Love

Six Varieties of Love

I came upon an article “Have You Tried the Six Varieties of Love?” by Roman Krznaric. He is the co-founder of School of Life in London and mentioned ancient Greece (feeding my art-travel fantasies) so I read on.  Pompe, Eros and Dionysos Greek, 4th century BCE, Metropolitan Museum Krznaric starts with Eros, "named after the Greek god of fertility representing sexual passion and desire." Shakespeare, Austen and Hollywood have already explored eros extensively. Philautia is self-love. A great idea though sometimes difficult. If recent events have taught us anything, you can be a good person with a pure heart (Dr. Fauci) and someone will criticize you. Philautia might be...

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Make a Difference. Support Girls' Education.

Make a Difference. Support Girls' Education.

Last week was my niece’s 6th birthday. I found out she likes unicorns and did the knee-jerk internet search. Top listings were unicorn clothes from Target and Gap. Easy, probably satisfactory, but questionably sourced and definitely impersonal. So I thought to go local and found a small shop near my niece which sold unicorn headbands (yes, a horn...on a headband). They looked ridiculous, even inappropriate, but I didn’t want to buy something I thought would be packaged by a robot. It occurred to me. I could support a business that cared about people. I walked down to my local Brookline...

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Black and Desi Women Save the Day and the next four years

Black and Desi Women Save the Day and the next four years

We dodged a bullet and are taking a collective deep breath. A light shines in my core when I see this photo... ...because it reminds me of this photo. The baby with black eyeliner looking suspiciously at the camera? As Maya Rudolph would say, that little girl was me.  I am hesitatingly overjoyed a woman with an Indian immigrant mother is second-in-command. After the racism I've experienced, the racism all black women have experienced, and our collective female experience over the last four years, it is certainly welcome. I hesitate because 70 million people are okay with the country inching...

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