I’m so guilty..

of being way too serious way too much of my day.  I started out this morning reading the New York Times and all of the crazy political news.  David Duke is back, really?  Then I landed on this piece about “cognitive closure” and it really struck me.  I was so interested in this concept that I read it to my highly disinterested 16-year-old daughter, Lucy.  My husband, Jeff kind of listened to me, but he really just wanted to work on the 1970s song “My Maria” and play his guitar while our cat, Karen watched him adoringlyClearly, I need to lighten up. Goofing off more lessens the anxiety of those around us too.  Our cat was trying to show me what to pay attention to this morning.  Oh the wisdom of Karen.

I think culturally, we just gotta lighten right now.

This political season is making us nuts.

AND YET…I still couldn’t quite help myself.  “Dr. Kruglanski is best known for his theory of “cognitive closure,” a term he coined in 1989 to describe how we make decisions. “Closure” is the moment that you make a decision or form a judgment. You literally close your mind to new information.”  By

Changing habits is hard, fun is coming—I promise.  Conceptually “cognitive closure” is something to consider, especially when you feel unable to see the options available to you and a choice needs to be made.  The middle path always allows us to see a lot more options.  But, it’s much harder to do.  Our brain wants to shut down our options.  It’s way easier than considering new information.  I told you I’m guilty of being way too serious. Good Golly, Lisa enough about cognitive closure (no matter how interesting of a psychological concept this is)…it’s time for fun.

So, after I read this piece I searched for FUN and landed on a country music video about HANGING OUT.  Here’s my gift to you today.  Thank you LITTLE BIG TOWN. You guys clearly know how to lighten up.

Back this hitch up into the water
Untie all the cables and rope
Step onto the AstroTurf
Get yourself a coozie
Let’s go

Enjoy this video, I hope your day is filled with lots of laughs and goofiness.

Watching this video reminded me that we used to hit golf balls off the front of our boat when I was in college.  Oh, we really knew how to play then.

Donate or Become a Member of Burlington City Arts today…

and when you tag my name on your donation you will be offered a chance at a drawing for Love Birds Lisa Lillibridgethis painting of mine—LOVE BIRDS.

As a new board member I know when some people think of Burlington City Arts they think about gallery receptions with an “art crowd” that isn’t their scene…but BCA is so much more.  If you live in the greater Burlington area you’ve been touched by the work of Burlington City Arts.

Art, Culture & Education is what makes Burlington a remarkable place to live, work, listen, play and learn.

An art’s education (BCA serves 10,000 kids a year) helps children become better students as they grow up and better leaders as they mature.

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Please consider giving to Burlington City Arts today or become a member.  Your membership gives you discounts on classes, at area stores and restaurants and gets you on the mailing list for all kinds of interesting events.

 

Here’s the link to donate or become a member:

http://www.burlingtoncityarts.org/donate-become-member

Remember to tag my name in your donation and you’re in the running for LOVE BIRDS.

Here’s to a day of giving in fabulous VERMONT!

P.S. Tell your friends too.

 

Jules Fieffer made me do it.

Jules Fieffer illustrated The Phantom Tollbooth and there is a new book out about him “Out of Line”.  Here’s the link to a great NPR story about his creative life.  I just had to do a quick sketch after I heard his story.

http://www.npr.org/2015/05/19/407933533/in-out-of-line-the-many-many-acts-of-jules-feiffer

On his mother’s drawings, which are included in Out of Line

“My mother had to make the family living during the Depression. So she was at her drawing board all day long doing these fashion drawings. And she would look at store windows, dragging me along and pointing out details of clothing in Saks Fifth Avenue, at Bergdorf — I was screamingly bored! And thought she was doing this to torture me, and in fact I saw it as torture. And she would take them down to the rag trade on Seventh Avenue and go door to door to manufacturers where she had some customers, and they would pick a design and give her $3 for it, out of which they’d make a coat. So it required a lot of skill, none of which I appreciated until I became aged.”

lillibridge skirt and shoes drawing

Never underestimate the power of LUCK.

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LUCK (Merriam Websters Definition)
noun \ˈlək\
: the things that happen to a person because of chance : the accidental way things happen without being planned

: good fortune : good luck
: success in doing or getting something

I truly hope you have a lucky Saturday!