So, do it. Decide. Is this the life you want to live? Is this the person you want to love? Is this the best you can be? Can you be stronger? Kinder? More Compassionate? Decide. Breathe in. Breathe out and decide
Meredith Grey

Art in Action: Kathryn Turner

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Join artist Kathryn Mapes Turner at the National Museum of Wildlife Art on July 29 and 30 from 10:00AM – 2:00PM to learn about her art-making process and techniques. Kathryn will be joining us as at Art in Action on the heels of her recent exhibit, thin place, at Trio Fine Art.

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Why Potshots Are Not a Spiritual Gift

It’s a bit morose and probably an exercise in ego-massaging to consider what one would wanted inscribed on his tombstone (if indeed one has left his family enough money to buy a tombstone). But indulge me for a moment. This can be a good exercise for us in that it requires us to think through just what our lives are made of—what will the one or two sentences in the first lines of our obituaries say when we pass? I’m not sure what that would be for me, but I can tell you what I wouldn’t want it to be. I don’t want to be known as the guy who takes potshots at other people.

Lonnie Bunch on his father's "gentlemanly defiance" of Jim Crow - CBS News

CBS News asked noted figures in the arts, business and politics about their experience in today’s civil rights movement, or about figures who inspired them in their activism. Lonnie G. Bunch III, founding director, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture Is there something that you’d like to share about your personal connection to civil rights issues?

‘Bibliotheca’ Project Seeks to Redesign the Bible as a Work of ‘Great Literary Art’

Book designer Adam Greene wants to turn the modern, printed Bible into a visually beautiful, easy-to-read, redesigned work of art. Greene’s Kickstarter has raised more than $750,000 for the intensive project that—by drawing inspiration from the dimensions of the Ark of the Covenant—turns the Bible into a re-organized, four volume series, each the size of a contemporary novel. As he explains, the vision of the Bibliotheca project is taken from the history of scripture:

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I would like to be known as an intelligent woman, a courageous woman, a loving woman, a woman who teaches by being.
Maya Angelou

Design A Better Nonprofit Dashboard

Take a look at any nonprofit dashboard and the most effective ones probably have an organizational process that lies beneath. Dashboard design is more than simply clarifying outcomes and key metrics. Dashboard design should also inspire buy-in and continuous improvement by using “human centered design” methods. But shouldn’t dashboards be designed by data scientists and graphic designers?

Ideas Don't Change the World, People Do

With both the rise of the knowledge economy and increase in publishing tools on the web, including this very platform on LinkedIn, there has been a greater emphasis on the idea of thought leadership. Influencing people via ideas has been, is currently, and will be discussed for quite some time, but I want to caution you: don’t get caught up in the hype. While ideas are extremely important, they aren’t the primary role of the leader. Ideas don’t change the world. People who are acting on ideas change the world.

The Core Beliefs of Incredibly Successful People

Incredibly successful people share a number of perspectives and beliefs. Here are some of those beliefs… no. Wait. Before you comment that my point of view is shallow and materialistic, read this to see why I feel this is the only definition of success that matters. (Hint: success has nothing to do with fame or fortune.) With that out of the way, here are some of the core beliefs of incredibly successful people:

Appraisals throwing kinks into some home sales - Houston Chronicle

As the Hendrickses began to go through all the necessary steps of buying the house - lining up a mortgage, getting an inspection - their dreams of becoming first-time home­owners hit a potentially fatal roadblock when the appraisal on the townhouse came back 12 percent lower than what they agreed to pay for it. That meant their loan wouldn’t go through unless they the seller lowered his price or they paid more cash out of pocket.