TED in New Orleans

November 1st-3rd I had the privilege of attending the TEDwomen’s conference in New Orleans.  I have yet to distill the stories I heard into something easily shareable.  I will eventually though.  However, after the conference ended Friday at noon, and I had lunch with new friends, I had to shift hotels and…

when I walked into the Catahoula Hotel I was so instantly smitten.

This courtyard space at the Catahoula will be where I go in my head when I get dental work done or just want to escape.  It so spoke to me.  My room was really funky.  The staff was great.  There was a rooftop deck and bar.  The coffee was delicious.

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When I woke up the morning after the conference something funny happened.  If you listen to TED talks, which I highly recommend you do, you will get this.

I woke up speaking TED. 

My first thoughts when I woke up were, “Twenty-eight years ago, I was searching for something I did not understand and landed in the hippie hills of Vermont.  How could I, a small town girl from conservative, southern South Dakota believe that the lefty enclave of Burlington, Vermont would be where I would find my husband, my tribe and myself.  How could I…”

And it just kept going on like this.  I couldn’t stop thinking in TED speak.  I cracked myself up.  After hearing those remarkable stories for three days, one right after another, the cadence of the talks became a part of me.  I don’t speak TED anymore—just in case you were wondering.

There are some links below to TED talks.  You can find something to spark you on any subject in the universe—oh, and also the link to the hotel if you are planning a trip to New Orleans.

http://www.catahoulahotel.com/

2600 talks to stir your curiosity: TED talks

Sometimes I need to think…

much smaller.

My thoughts are way too macro right now.

Today, I’m choosing to go micro in my thinking.

I believe my brain will thank me for the respite…even if it’s fleeting.

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“unhinged”

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I know I am posting a lot about this show, but it feels like such a departure for me and I’m really proud of the work.  If it’s too much for you, I get it.  No hard feelings. Have a good Saturday!

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Thank you Jim Jarmusch. What a world you created.

My husband and I watched an amazing film yesterday.

Jim Jarmusch’s 2013 Film “Only Lovers Left Alive”

I am not usually a big vampire fan, however, Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, John Hurt, Mia Wasikowska are truly a few of the coolest vampires ever on screen. 

I loved this movie on so many levels—storytelling, acting, set design (made me swoon), soundtrack, travel (Detroit and Tangiers primarily), fashion and emotion.  Just amazing.  I grabbed a few photos from IMDB to give you a sense of the film.  I also included a few of my own images that show why this film spoke to me so much.  Here’s to inspiration…wherever it comes from.

SOUNDTRACK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdAjo0_EQkk

TRAILER: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1714915/ tangier-morocco-in-only-lovers-left-alive

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Abandoned Farmhouse Hunting in South Dakota

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I was in South Dakota for my 30 year high school reunion this summer. My Mom and I took an afternoon and went old farmhouse hunting. I did this years ago when my twins were taking a nap in the pickup and found some extraordinary places. To me there is a certain beauty in the textures and decay, but to my mother who was a farm girl there is a real sadness in seeing these places. She could see what I could see and since I grew up kicking around the farmhouses of her youth I could see the sadness as well. My Dad assured me that with a few phones calls before I come home next time that friends of his could arrange some other tours. I hope you can see both the beauty and sorrow in these photos.