How does sugar affect the brain?
When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice. This activation of your reward system is not unlike how bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol or nicotine — an overload of sugar spikes dopamine levels and leaves you craving more. Nicole Avena explains why sweets and treats should be enjoyed in moderation.
How does sugar affect the brain?
Patti Smith |
"I thought we didn’t have to grow up. I was heart broken to find out that we didn’t have a choice.”
Patti Smith is still running wild, staying young at heart”.
The last great adventure is you | Tracey Emin.
White Cube Gallery. October 2014.
"The work is about rites of passage, of time and age, and the simple realisation that we are always alone".
Kindness | This is not about us.
His daily routine, which included the following rules for productivity, inspiration, and general mental health:
If groggy, type notes and allocate, as stimulus.
If in fine fettle, write.
Work of section in hand, following plan of section scrupulously.
No intrusions, no diversions.
Write to finish one section at a time, for good and all.
See friends. Read in cafes.
Explore unfamiliar sections — on foot if wet, on bicycle if dry.
Write, if in mood, but only on Minor program.
Paint if empty or tired.
Make Notes. Make Charts, Plans. Make corrections of manuscript.
(Note: Allow sufficient time during daylight to make an occasional visit to museums or an occasional sketch or an occasional bike ride. Sketch in cafés and trains and streets. Cut the movies! Library for references once a week.)
Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius.
"Ancient Greece and ancient Rome — people did not happen to believe that creativity came from human beings back then, O.K.? People believed that creativity was this divine attendant spirit that came to human beings from some distant and unknowable source, for distant and unknowable reasons. The Greeks famously called these divine attendant spirits of creativity “daemons.”Socrates, famously, believed that he had a daemon who spoke wisdom to him from afar. The Romans had the same idea, but they called that sort of disembodied creative spirit a genius. Which is great, because the Romans did not actually think that a genius was a particularly clever individual. They believed that a genius was this, sort of magical divine entity, who was believed to literally live in the walls of an artist’s studio, kind of like Dobby the house elf, and who would come out and sort of invisibly assist the artist with their work and would shape the outcome of that work [..]
So brilliant — there it is, right there, that distance that I’m talking about — that psychological construct to protect you from the results of your work. And everyone knew that this is how it functioned, right? So the ancient artist was protected from certain things, like, for example, too much narcissism, right? If your work was brilliant you couldn’t take all the credit for it, everybody knew that you had this disembodied genius who had helped you. If your work bombed, not entirely your fault, you know?Everyone knew your genius was kind of lame […]
Don’t be afraid. Don’t be daunted. Just do your job. Continue to show up for your piece of it, whatever that might be. If your job is to dance, do your dance. If the divine, cockeyed genius assigned to your case decides to let some sort of wonderment be glimpsed, for just one moment through your efforts, then “Olé!” And if not, do your dance anyhow. And “Olé!” to you, nonetheless. I believe this and I feel that we must teach it. "Olé!" to you, nonetheless, just for having the sheer human love and stubbornness to keep showing up”.
Paintings by Iris Grace, a 5 year old with an extraordinary talent to express herself through painting. She was diagnosed with Autism. Iris’ parents say she rarely speaks and that interacting with others can be challenging, but is able to expresses herself through movement and art.
I think Art is a healing process for the soul, is the joy to express ourselves in the most deeply way. This little talent girl is pure love to me.
They had a sense of courage to tell the story of who they are with their whole heart. These folks had, very simply, the courage to be imperfect, the compassion to be kind to themselves first and then to others, because, as it turns out, we can’t practice compassion with other people if we can’t treat ourselves kindly.
Also they had connection, as a result of authenticity, they were willing to let go of who they thought they should be in order to be who they were. They fully embraced vulnerability. They believed that what made them vulnerable made them beautiful. They didn’t talk about vulnerability being comfortable but yes about it being necessary. They talked about the willingness to say, “I love you” first, the willingness to do something where there are no guarantees.They’re willing to invest in a relationship that may or may not work out. They thought this was fundamental."
— Brené Brown
#1 Clathrus Ruber #2 Favolaschia Calocera #3 Amethyst Deceiver
#4 Cyathus Striatus #5 Porcelain Fungus #6 Schizophyllum Commune
#7 Rhodotus Palmatus
“There were always in me, two women at least, one woman desperate and bewildered, who felt she was drowning and another who would leap into a scene, as upon a stage, conceal her true emotions because they were weaknesses, helplessness, despair, and present to the world only a smile, an eagerness, curiosity, enthusiasm, interest.”
― Anaïs Nin