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Art Appreciation Made Easy

by: Andrea Mulder-Slater A bunch of years ago, I contributed to a book called GirlWise: How to Be Confident, Capable, Cool, and in Control.  My chapter was all about how to appreciate art, without looking like a fool. I was feeling rather nostalgic this evening and so thought I would post that bit of writing here.  Enjoy! In order to appreciate art, you don't need a degree in the stuff. All you need are your eyes - and some time. Really. In fact, you don't even have to like what you see. The more time you spend looking at art, the more you will notice. It’s really just that simple. Looking at art is no different than listening to music, reading a book, going to a movie, or even eating - the more you involve yourself in any of these activities, the more you will "pick up". Sometimes, what you "pick up", isn't pretty. When looking at art, accept the fact your gut can tell you a lot about what you are looking at. If a painting, drawing

Help Wanted Needed

by Andrea Mulder-Slater Desperate times call for desperate measures. Our house sold, five days after it went up for sale, and the closing date is closing in on us. T minus twenty-two days. The studio is open for the season, websites need to be coddled and my daughter has developed a mystery rash (could it be hives, maybe eczema? what the hell is that above her ear?) The cause of  the itchy mess remains unknown, although we have narrowed it down to a number of culprits including but not limited to: dogs, eggs, cheese, strawberries, oranges, air and my anxiety levels. So, I have made a decision. I need a personal assistant. Soon. Very soon. Trouble is, no one is responding to my personal ad. Perhaps it needs a little work... Wanted: Personal Assistant Successful applicant must be able to: Do all my work (if at all possible, better than me). Screen all my telephone calls. Organize my life (preferably using IKEA shelving units and those cute little baskets with the fabric