The art of the ask

No Such Thing As a Fish

What British-based, lighthearted, informative comedy podcast  Description Produced by Quite Interesting, No Such Thing As a Fish, “is jolly, packed with impressive and silly facts, and so far hasn’t descended into too much in-joke chumminess,” writes The Guardian in 2014 and today that review still rings true. Hooray for No such Thing As a Fish!…

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Choosing Trust

“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.”  — Maya Angelou  I woke this morning exhausted—Not physically, but emotionally. Rather than forcing an early wake-up call, I stayed in bed until it felt like a good time to wake up.  Around 6:30am, I went through the ritual of turning…

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Cabbagetown Guide

Learn Curious how Cabbagetown’s artistic, closely-bound community has preserved its homes and heritage over the past 100+ years? Recommended reading includes How a Mill Settlement Evolved into Cabbagetown, A brief history of Cabbagetown, and an overview of the neighborhood’s historic homes. Experience Park at Euclid and Druid at the edge of Inman Park. While walking…

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King-Keith House

What Historic home in Inman Park, Atlanta’s first planned neighborhood. Description “Inman Park is architectural eye candy. The neighborhood is made up of mansions dating from the late 19th century, including a famous Beaux Arts estate once owned by Coca-Cola magnate Asa Candler. But even Callan Castle can scarcely compete with the King-Keith House for…

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Hannah Pittard

What best-selling author Description In Hannah’s own words, her gripping and beautifully interwoven stories center around “immediate loss” and how her protagonists navigate the aftermath. Why Invisible Empire was amazing, and while listening to the Archive Atlanta podcast, I was reminded of how much I enjoyed reading Visible Empire coincidentally a year before moving to…

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The Goat Farm

What place, mixed use art and film location  (*for a full description keep scrolling.)  Why Gallery hopping by its very nature is meant to unfold semi-unplanned. But I also believe engineering a great ‘stumble upon’ moment takes behind-the-scenes planning.  So here we are with our gallery gameplan: We had a series of five studios to…

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Bunkerhouse

What Austin-based hospitality group  Description This design-centric, dog-friendly hospitality group hosts guests at Hotel San Jose, Hotel Saint Cecilia, the Austin Motel (all on South Congress in Austin, TX), Hotel Havana, The Phoenix Hotel and Hotel San Cristobal Baja. They’re known for being community-centric, locally rooted, and in their own words, “proud to build business…

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Wildsam

What Special travel guides that aim to capture a local sense of place Description Wildsam was founded by Taylor Bruce in 2012 with a strong belief in the transformative power of wonder, particularly wonder captured through travel. In their own words, Wisdom seeks out “these real and rooted things, what’s truly authentic to a place.”…

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The Dinner Party

What An art installation created in by Judy Chicago in 1979  Description As the name suggests, The Dinner Party features elaborate place settings for 39 historic and mythic female icons including  Sacajawea, Sojourner Truth, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Empress Theodora of Byzantium, Virginia Woolf, Susan B. Anthony, and Georgia O’Keeffe. Touring 6 countries, this incredible installation…

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Pecorino Romano

What Food, more specifically aged Italian sheep’s milk cheese Description “Sharp and salty, with the acidic tinge of a shoreline mist,” Locatelli’s Pecorino Romano is an unforgettable cheese. Stronger than a parm, it’s great shaved over a salad, paired with water crackers and something sweet, and anything in between. Why Someone recently said to me,…

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Homesick

What A candle company with a unique mission: to bring you back to the places and memories through scent. Description Homesick was founded by the young entrepreneur Nate Schmiedehaus, and includes a line of scents reminiscent of destinations (think states, cities, countries) and moments (American Summer, Twenty Four, Winter Mantel, etc.) Why My best friend…

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Song Exploder

What A favorite music podcast where host Hrishikesh Hirway speaks with a musician and unpacks how one of their songs was made Description For Song Exploder‘s 200th episode Hrishikesh Hirway speaks with Yusuf / Cat Stephens as he describes his new 2020 version of hit Father and Son, originally released in 1970. Why This is…

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Do we Dare To Predict 2021

Beyond new resolutions and fresh mojo, I look forward to January for the forecasts. I get giddy to dive head first into Pinterest Predicts, Ford Forward, Pantone’s Color of the Year, and the hundreds of other corporate reports that take their best guesses at what’s coming in the new year.  But this year, I’m far…

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Athena Calderone

What Person, Interior Designer, Creative Director and much much more, Athena Calderone  Description “Armed with an eye for the unexpected, founder Athena Calderone created EyeSwoon as a form of visual expression, a place to transform ordinary life into a feast for the eyes. Through these creative journeys, EyeSwoon lifts the curtain on inspiring food, design…

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Fire Island, NY

What Place, Fire Island  Description A favorite blog, Escape Brooklyn, provides an excellent snapshot of this unique corner of the world: “Fire Island is a 31-mile barrier island just off the southern coast of Long Island. Its proximity to NYC–paired with picturesque beaches, cute neighborhoods, fabulous rental homes, and the radiant LBGT culture–make this a…

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Sibella Court

Who Person, Interior Designer, Sibella Court Description Arguable the most famous interior designer living in Australia. She’s the author of best selling design books including Imaginarium, Gypsy, Etcetera, The Stylist’s Guide to NYC, among others.  She’s also founded The Society Inc, where she describes her background — “With Sibella’s degree in History, her spaces &…

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Bar and Cocoa

What Food, Chocolate, Bar and Cocoa Description “Once you’ve tasted real chocolate, the other stuff just won’t do. So we made sure everyone could taste the difference.In 2015, we set out to make bean to bar chocolate easily accessible with a craft chocolate subscription service. After some success, we moved into e-commerce and retail to…

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Taos Roots Run Deep — A Brief History

3,000 BC: A Sacred Land over many Centuries  Permanent inhabitants first started farming in present-day Taos, New Mexico as early as 3,000 BC. Across the world, Egyptians were building the pyramids and city-states were forming in Mesopotamia.  1540: The Legend of Cibola – The Seven Cities of Gold   Europeans first visited the region now known…

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Quixotic

What historic word Definition kwuhk·saa·tuhk // 1. foolishly impractical, especially in the pursuit of ideals; 2. Capriciuos, unpredictable Roots “If you guessed that quixotic has something to do with Don Quixote, you’re absolutely right. The adjective quixotic is based on the [primary protagonist’s] name and has been used to describe unrealistic idealists since at least the early 18th century.”…

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Homebrewed Chia Tea

What Home essential, beverage Description This classic Trader Joe’s Spiced Chia Black Tea Concentrate includes notes of allspice, black pepper, cardamom, clove, cinnamon, ginger and a does of sweetness. It’s best served as a shot in boiling water with a dash of foamed hemp milk. Why When I tasted my first cup of true home-bred…

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Neville Johnson x iProspect Case Study

What British interior design company, Neville Johnson and creative agency, iProspect, came together to ask an intriguing question — what would Frida Kahlo’s bedroom look like if she were living in 2020? Description This ingenious PR campaign for Neville Johnson envisions how Kahlo, William Shakespeare, Queen Elizabeth I, and Coco Chanel would decorate their bedroom…

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Predicting Personal Taste

Netflix thinks it knows what movie I’ll want to watch next. Amazon thinks it can guess when I’ll need a refill on dishwasher soap. Wayfair is convinced I need new blue bar stools.  Most of these predictions miss the mark. Nevertheless AI is no doubt a fascinating and powerful technology. And if I had to…

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Justina Blakeney

What Designer, home goods Description “Blakeney is the founder and creative director of home décor brand, Jungalow and the author of The New Bohemians book series.” Justina Blakeney – about Why Layered bohemian-style interiors. Her series is on my wishlist of coffee table books.

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Appointed

What Company, paper goods Description “Proudly based in D.C. Appointed was founded in 2015 by way of a Kickstarter campaign. Suann Song—a graphic designer with a background in public relations and marketing, is the Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Appointed. Suann has always believed a beautiful work environment and the tools you surround yourself…

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Yonder Yoga

What Workout studios, hot yoga Description Yonder is an Atlanta based yoga company with studios in Buckhead, Old 4th Ward, and on the Westside. Class are very hot and challenge balance, strength and mental focus. The name of the studio, Yonder, means ‘a place you can see but have not reached.’ Why In every new…

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Wayne Thiebaud

What Artist, contemporary Description “Wayne Thiebaud was born in Mesa, Arizona in 1920, and his family soon moved to Los Angeles in 1921. Thiebaud’s characteristic work displays consumer objects such as pies and cakes as they are seen in drug store windows. Thiebaud uses heavy pigment and exaggerated colors to depict his subjects.” Breggruen Gallery…

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Becoming in 2021

Can we talk about character development?  I’ve always envied the people who continue to read ‘the classics’ after high school. The art history friend nannying in York that can quote David Copperfield, the art house cinephile you almost dated that can’t get enough of Philip Roth — these are the kinds of ‘bookish’ people I’m talking…

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Brining Relational Creativity Inside Companies

Influence  Find me a person that doesn’t want to be more influential.  But influence can take many forms. I recently came across what feels like a landmark HBR article, titled Understanding “People” People. The article speaks to four interpersonal dimensions that give someone persuasive power. One dimension in particular caught my eye: Relational Creativity.  Creative…

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Will 2020 be the decade of biomedicine

Trends and I are friends. I am always hunting for niche news publications and newsletters willing to make bold, informed asserts about what’s around the corner.  This morning, I finally signed up for Trends.co, a subscription-based extension of the geniusly entertaining and unexpected newsletter, The Hustle. In a particular article, the author detailed category trends…

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