1. HEALTHCARE: WHAT’S ART GOT TO DO WITH IT?

    Internationally acclaimed architect, Frank Gehry, now 81, materialized his desire once again to create something artistic and “unique” in his recently unveiled masterpiece, the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Absent are the usual 90° angles and shapes seen in most healthcare facilities and in their place is an undulating amalgamation of stainless steel. Although the architecture is decidedly playful, the mission of the Center is dead-on serious.

    An international medical research facility, the prestigious scientists are studying neurocognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and ALS. Gehry is known for his other unorthodox and stimulating buildings as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in L.A. With the new Center, Gehry realized the importance of  creating a structure for these world-renowned researchers that is “unique, (Read more…)


  2. MAY: Graduations, Moms & Mastery

    Author's Son Collin's College Graduation '06

    The month of May is known for graduations and attendant celebrations. This May, I have a niece, Sarah, graduating from college and a nephew, Nicholas,

    graduating from the IBEW program to receive his Journeyman Electrician’s License. Both Sarah and Nick have worked long and hard on their coursework, expanding their minds and their skill sets along the way.  Their graduations are hard earned and well deserved (and we are very proud of them!).

    It got me thinking about graduations themselves and how we don’t really need to restrict them to the month of May or to getting degrees from our venerable institutions (although those are important accomplishments).  To “graduate” means “to complete a course of study.” It also means to “change” and to “go through progressive steps.”

    One evening I was out to dinner with a number of my good women friends; we were talking about the fact that the real “raising” of our children was in the past. Although we had all poured our hearts and souls and brains (and, as one of them said, we have the damage to prove it!) into years of going through all of the progressive steps to raise them to be the best human beings they could be, it was a fait accompli. They had “graduated” and left the nest. And we realized . . . we had GRADUATED, too, and consequently, we are (Read more…)


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