Learning about relationships from the Year of the Dragon

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I‘ve always viewed the dragon as one of the coolest symbols of Chinese culture. Then, I learned the unpleasant reality of his relationship to his mate, the glorious, wildly feathered phoenix. Of course, we have every reason to adore the dragon. As the first animal in the 12-creature Chinese zodiac, he represents the ideal time for new beginnings. But the …

Check out Islamic art at the Met

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Tonight I went on a private tour at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The entire evening turned into one of those rare, perfect evenings in Manhattan. The magic began when I found street parking (free!). Then I walked into the Met (free!) to enjoy beautiful art, smart conversation and a nice reception. The Met had invited the South Asian Journalists Association …

Hey Mom & Dad, I’m an abstract painter!

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In a continuing effort to escape Mom and Dad’s well-intentioned-but-misguided parenting, I am finally pursuing my heart of hearts. After decades of not daring to trust myself, I will say it now: I think I was born to be an abstract painter. With my no-nonsense, business-minded parents deceased, we are all in emotionally safe spaces. And I am finally feeling …

What my daughter thinks of me

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What’s your mom like? My daughter answers that question today as our guest blogger. Taken together, her photo essay and artist’s statement create an honest, profound reflection — which is a nice way to say that I don’t come off too good…. We’ll start with a self-portrait of the photographer. Gabi snapped it over the winter, when she was still …

How to live the life you want

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Right now, the economy is so bad that it’s tempting to give in to fear. I could easily sit home worrying about finding work and protecting my investments. But there’s really only one option: I have to celebrate my life. My whole outlook has changed because of a month-long online class called “Blast Off.” I took it in June with art …