How High the Sky of Success

Success: the accomplishment of an aim or purpose, the attainment of popularity or profit, a person or thing that achieves desired aims or attains prosperity.

The artist, sculptor, poet and writer, Michaelangelo is definitely considered a success.  He achieved both fame and fortune in his lifetime.  But never married or sired children and nursed a near unhealthy jealousy of his rival, Leonardo da Vinci.  read more  Our world is grateful for the power and beauty he created.  Rarely do we recognize the sacrifice and determination “success” takes.

I have written about Paul Ekman here many times.  His work regarding “Micro Expressions”, rapid movements of facial muscles that are tied to underlying emotions. And his contention that all humans, no matter what race, nation or culture they come from exhibit the same seven universal emotions of: anger, fear, sadness, disgust, surprise, contempt and happiness in subtle, in-common micro-expressions,  has taken a lifetime to prove.  Ekman’s work has become more important than the lie detector in many professional settings, and more accurate.   read more

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Recently Ekman blogged about the “secret” to his success, which he attributes in part to his life mantras.  Never take no for an answer, leave no stone unturned, and aim higher than you can see.  Reading his blog on this also reveals a “driver” for his inspiration – guess who the “driver” is?  Paul Ekman’s Mottos I Live By

The Largest Art Robbery in History

On March 18, 1990, thirteen paintings were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. The value of the paintings at the time were $100 million, making it the largest art robbery in history. I wondered if the paintings had been recovered, and upon researching I came to find that in fact it is still an ongoing investigation. There is currently a reward for any information leading to the recovery of the paintings. Twelve of the paintings were stolen from the second floor, one on the first, and none from the third. It took them a total of 81 minutes to take them. What is really cool, their website takes you through an interactive look within the museum.

There have been several suspects in the theft throughout the years. One man, David Turner, was arrested for attempted robbery of an armored car company.  He is still in prison, but will be let out seven years early, leaving many wondering if it is because he has provided information regarding the theft. Others, however, are thinking not, since the paintings have yet to be recovered. In 2013, the FBI said they had identified the thieves, but declined to name them, stating it is an ongoing case. In the end, this is a fascinating case, and it will be interesting to continue to follow, to see if the paintings are ever recovered.

Inspire Your Heart With Art Day

Every day of my life with my artist son, Alex Walker makes me feel inspired. I invite you to “walk”  through Alex’s website and view his incredible art.  Amazing doesn’t describe the half of it.

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Alex finds inspiration in everything around him, including the family dog Melky, who looks a bit “inspired” by this portrait of a friend’s dog.

I’d like to encourage you to support local artists in your own community. Art truly is life-changing.