Sunday, January 13, 2013

Read.Eat.Listen: Gifts

Did anyone not get a cold or flu this past week? Jeepers. The upside of being under the weather is slowing down, taking care, prioritizing and appreciating how good it is to breathe anew.
Read: "The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World," by Lewis Hyde. Not a new title, but a classic about the value of creativity, art and commerce, and the true nature of a 'gift'. Picked up at Powell's, partly read on the plane. "Not surprisingly, people live differently who treat a portion of their wealth as a gift. To begin with, unlike the sale of a commodity, the giving of a gift tends to establish a relationship between parties involved....
Eat: Rather drink. As colds and flues require copious amounts of liquid. On tap? Ginger/Lemon/Tumeric/Honey Tea. Whir it all up in a blender and stir in hot water. Quaffing the stuff in these parts.
Listen: Speaking of artists with gifts. I noticed Jolie Holland's recent contribution to Portland Cello Project which led me to this semi-recent Tiny Desk Concert.

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