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Your Body Is My Canvas

art by: Alexa Meade

A Blanc Canvas Rambling
I love watching TED videos. For me, they represent ‘visual’ snippets of a concept or idea, that our fantastic brain can create. TED e-mails arrive in my Inbox, et voila. Based on interest, I can choose whether I want to watch – or not.

I am a ‘visual learner’. It’s how I learn best.
[Admin Brain: “Did you forget, you also learn by doing?”]

And we are all ‘different’ in the way each of us learns.
[Admin Brain: “And is a conjunction – you know?”]

And… there is absolutely n-o-t-h-i-n-g wrong with this.
[Admin Brain: “And is a… NVM”]

It’s makes life diverse.

It makes life interesting.

It’s how our brain works.

It doesn’t mean we can’t learn through other methods (i.e. audio, written word etc.), it just means our brain works better with ‘one’ of them. It’s like we are in ‘the learning groove’ when we work with the method we prefer best. And we like being in our learning groove! It’s safe in there.
[Admin Brain: “Your audience should consider ‘the learning groove’ as they interact with other people… especially when they feel annoyed others are not seeing/doing things in ‘their’ own learning groove”.]

In “Your Body Is My Canvas” video, artist Alexa Meade demonstrates what I call ‘upside down thinking’.
[Admin Brain: “Huh?”]

Upside down thinking [to me] means changing our brain’s normal pattern of thinking, to something else. But, something ‘really’ different. Like how Alexa was thinking.
[Admin Brain: “But is a conjunction – you know.”]

Happily, [I saved my ass] I was able to come up with a solution to a few problems thinking this way.
[Admin Brain: “Your audience should consider ‘upside down thinking’ next time they have a tough problem and their brain isn’t able to figure it out – using the ‘old’ learning grove… especially when they are under the gun [need to save their ass”].

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Aviary App

This Is Me In Grade 9

In honour of the awkwardness of Grade Niners.

“Grade 9”

songwriters: Steven Page, Ed Robertson, Andy Creeggan, Jim Creeggan, Tyler Stewart

I found my locker and I found my classes
Lost my lunch and I broke my glasses
That guy is huge! that girl is wailin’!
First day of school and I’m already failing

This is me in grade nine, baby, this is me in grade nine
This is me in grade nine, baby, this is me in grade nine

I’ve got a blue-and-red Adidas bag and a humongous binder
I’m trying my best not to look like a minor niner
I went out for the football team to prove that I’m a man
I guess I shouldn’t tell them that I like Duran-Duran

This is me in grade nine, baby, this is me in grade nine
This is me in grade nine, baby, this is me in grade nine

Well half my friends are crazy and the others are depressed
And none of them can help me study for my math test
Got into the classroom and my knowledge was gone
Guess I should’ve studied instead of watching wrath of khan

This is me in grade nine, baby, this is me in grade nine
This is me in grade nine, baby, this is me in grade nine

They called me chicken legs, they called me four-eyes
They called me fatso, they called me buckwheat
They called me Eddie

This is me in grade nine, baby, this is me in grade nine
This is me in grade nine, baby, this is me in grade nine

I’ve got a red leather tie and a pair of rugger pants
I put them on and I went to the high school dance
Dad said I have to be home by eleven
Aw man I’m gonna miss stairway to heaven

This is me in grade nine, baby, this is me in grade nine
This is me in grade nine, baby, this is me in grade nine

#340 Feeling it in your bones – Neil Pasricha


I just love this piece from Neil Pasricha’s or The Book of Awesome. I signed myself up for the 1000 Awesome Things e-mail (and app come to think of it) so I am bombarded by awesomeness a couple of times a day… and you know… I am totally ok with that. Reading the online comments, makes me feel at home. Thank you Neil!

“Born and blasted into the world you’re a baby brain with wide eyes, chubby legs, and cloudy thoughts. Mom lifts you and picks you, eyes open and close, and fogs rise and settle. Tears stream and faces scream as your swirling brain twists and turns into thoughts…

Nothing makes sense till it does.

Nothing feels right till it does.”


“I am the life-force power of the universe.”

“I am the life-force power of the universe. I am the life-force power of the 50 trillion beautiful molecular geniuses that make up my form, at one with all that is.” Jill Bolte Taylor – My Stroke Of Insight

The 1st time I saw Jill Bolte Taylor’s TED video – Stroke of Insight – I cried. Not because I felt sad for Jill, but because she described so well the inner peace she felt as a result of the stroke that she was aware she was having. She called it “La La Land.”

I felt La La Land too – although not to the extent that Jill did. (Bummer).

Nirvana. Euphoria. Who wouldn’t want that?

I tell everyone I can about Jill’s video, because it is a clue as to how our brain’s can think differently from one another. It’s those differences that make us unique. Those differences are marvellous! (WordBook App: “being or having the character of a miracle”). We need to marvel at these things… n’est pas?

The photo above, is some art work I did recently with the help of Kim. Kim is helping me ‘express myself’ these days which seems very difficult… hence A Blanc Canvas. If you want to befuddle me these days, just ask me an open ended question, such as, “How are you doing?’ Or, “How are you feeling?” I’m likely to walk away. How can I answer that?

Kim used an article from Brain Pickings as inspiration for the art piece we worked on: Why Emotional Excess is Essential to Writing and Creativity. This art is an expression of the article and how it made me feel. A visual rendition.

Red – Represents needing to be or feel ‘anchored’. To this world I guess. Red is also the colour for the Root Chakra – that ‘grounds’ us.

Blue – Represents ‘borders’. Helps keep you in. Keeps you safe in the confines of open space.

Yellow – Represents ‘energy, light, personal power.’

Orange – Represents ‘physical connection’ between the Red anchors and the Yellow energy.

Violet – Represents ‘spirituality’ of the inner physical being.

White – Represents the ‘spiritual connection’. Reaching out beyond the physical.

It’s no surprise then, that Violet and White together are bursting from the confines of both – anchors and borders.

Compare the above art vs. that below.

I call this one – my brain on a bad day.

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