27 04, 2020

Expressive Age Now in the time of New Normal

2020-04-27T13:51:56+00:00April 2020|EXPRESSIVE INTERESTS|

Dear Readers, You haven't seen any new posts here since April 2019.  At the time, I realized my initial motivation was to engage with my own midlife experience of aging and seek more beauty and meaningfulness.  There are a number of excellent blogs that focus on such topics and to compete for viewers was not where I wanted to put [...]

19 04, 2019

Show Me Your Projects and I Will Tell You Who You Are

2019-04-23T18:42:36+00:00April 2019|EXPRESSIVE INTERESTS|

Lately, I've met a lot of people who are pre- or post-retirement and I wonder about their interests and projects.  What will they do with their time and resources when they transition somewhere from full time work to full retirement?  It's the ying-yang situation of both a crisis and opportunity. What you do affects who you are. That’s because personal projects [...]

16 04, 2019

Benefits of Being a Cartophile: Maps!

2019-05-28T18:32:32+00:00April 2019|TRAVEL|

It seems that maps are in the air like spring weather.  Recently, I attended Christie's auction viewing of rare world navigation maps, a curator's talk on New Amsterdam maps, and a book talk on 100 maps highlighting America's history as a country.  During my teenage years, I contemplated becoming a geographer or cartographer in order to explore the world.  Recently, [...]

23 02, 2019

How to Express Yourself Through Music Nostalgia and Reminiscence Bumps

2019-02-24T16:45:00+00:00February 2019|EXPRESSIVE INTERESTS|

Psychologists call it music nostaglia, I call it groovy.  However as a psychologist, I am tempted to delve deeper into the phenomena that I experienced last night while dancing to 1960's psychedelic rock and roll and knowing all the words and tempos, as if I was a teenager again.  "How could that be?," I asked myself this morning.  The answer [...]

20 02, 2019

How Not to Miss the Value of Good Design in Your Life

2019-05-28T18:32:46+00:00February 2019|FASHION|

My friend surprised me with an invitation to attend MoMA's exhibit The Value of Good Design (now through June 15th at the Museum of Modern Art - New York City).  I didn't expect that I would discover any inspiration for Expressive Age.  Afterall, it was an exhibit of household items and appliances that revolutionized lives from the 1930s to the 1990s.  [...]

12 02, 2019

How to Travel with your Senses

2019-05-28T18:33:04+00:00February 2019|TRAVEL|

Early this morning, during an invigorating desert garden walk through a private Los Cabos golf course, something came to mind.  SENSES. We speak not only to tell other people what we think, but to tell ourselves what we think. Speech is a part of thought. ~ Oliver Sacks I was thinking about travel and self-expression.  It's not an original idea as [...]

6 02, 2019

How Returning to the Same Travel Destination Expresses You

2019-05-28T18:33:15+00:00February 2019|TRAVEL|

American novelist Thomas Wolfe once wrote "you can't go home again," and literally that makes sense because we can't go back in time to home -- except in memory.  And memories are tricky, psychologically speaking.  Even if we went back "home" to an actual geographical place, most likely it's changed.  So if we can't go home, then we can only [...]

1 02, 2019

How Your Self-Expression is Transforming Travel

2019-05-28T18:33:23+00:00February 2019|TRAVEL|

My interest in travel began by growing up in a semi-tropical resort.  I received one of the first Master's degree in Travel and Tourism Administration and worked in hospitality for a few years. Leisure and recreation became part of my PhD studies as a psychologist.  The IDEA of travel continues to fascinate me, no less than the experience itself. In [...]

29 01, 2019

Dutch Masters and You—Viewing Genealogy in Context

2019-05-28T18:33:30+00:00January 2019|GENEALOGY|

Yesterday, I attended a private tour of the Met Museum’s Dutch Masterpieces where I met the Assistant Curator for the exhibit, Adam Eaker, PhD.  There has been a lot of press and excitement about this two-year long special exhibition, which opened in October and will be on exhibit until October 2020—evidence of the perennial popularity of the Dutch masters. Listening to Dr. Eaker’s breadth of knowledge [...]

24 01, 2019

Time is on my mind. Yes, it is.

2019-01-24T23:40:34+00:00January 2019|EXPRESSIVE INTERESTS|

Time is on my mind and on my side.  Maybe because it's winter, a time for reflection during cold, grey days.  Maybe because I am thinking about packing for my upcoming beach vacation. Maybe because I was just quoted in Entrepreneur on the best time to ask for a raise.  I am not alone with this preoccupation.  Time, after all, is [...]

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