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Culture Shock 10/8/10

August 10, 2010

Hello beautiful people. How are you feeling today? Beautiful? Good. Because you are! :) At least, I think that you are.

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The Article

The Link Between Creativity and Depression

Photo thanks to laffy4k

I absolutely adored this article.

Okay, personal story time guys! It’s about to get serious up in here.

While I have never been diagnosed with any dorm of depression or mental health problem, I have often been plagued with some forms of anxiety and minor depression. One of the reasons I chose to pursue my interest in psychology (with a potential future in clinical psychological therapy) is because I believe that so many people suffer from minor forms of serious mental health disorders. I see a future where mental health is as important in our society as physical health; where we have annual physicals and ‘mentals’ (? haha). There is still a stigma surrounding mental health, people are seen as ‘making it up’ or told that their issues are ‘dismissable’. I disagree with both of these notions. Even though my problems are not ‘official’ they have, at times, crippled me or damaged relationships in my life. And I believe that so many other people have felt the same ways I have.

That’s why this article is useful. It clears away some of the stigma to put this issue out into the open. It offers that maybe everyone can become depressed (not in the official, diagnosed medical way, but in a more minor, yet debilitating way) and offers some productive solutions. The article focuses mostly on creative types (which I find, as I explore myself more and more, that I thoroughly am), those that think, make and ponder life. It speaks about some of the reasons that creative types can become depressed. Read the article! Understand! Help yourself!

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The Song

This week’s song comes from a suggestion by my dear friend Lucy, who I didn’t even know read my blog, but jumped up in here to give some amazing recommendations for my song-loving drought. She suggested the following albums:

  • Mumford and Sons – Sigh No More (a total fave)
  • Sarah Harmer – Oh Little Fire
  • Angus and Julia Stone  – Down the Way
  • The Acorn – Glory Hope Mountain

All of her picks are mellow, have beautiful melodies, and all have really cool videos that go along with their songs! Here are some I really liked:

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The Website

Shutterfly

Cool cool website. I got a recommendation from the New York Times here and decided to try it out, since my local Henry’s has been performing highway robbery every time I try to get photos printed. Since I wanted good deals on big prints for my apartment, I signed up tentatively. Surprise! When you sign up, you get 50 free 4 x 6 prints! Yippee! I went crazy, my friends wall this year is going to be massive. I also ordered about seven 5 x 7 prints of food photography (for the kitchen) and of me and my sisters, and two 8 x 10 prints, one of London and one of NYC to put on the walls. How wonderful! I can’t wait to get them in the mail, apparently they come in a bright orange envelope. The shipping was 3.99, but if I had spent more than 30 dollars, the shipping right now is free (promo code: SHIP30). My whole order cost a little less than 20 dollars total. Great deal. I am very excited about them arriving. :)

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The Book

Crazy Salad by Nora Ephron

Photo thanks to Amazon.com

I am loving this book! I’ve never read anything by Nora Ephron before (though I have seen Julie and Julia several times), and I am happily delighted by her writing. Crazy Salad is a collection of essays she wrote for Esquire magazine in the 70’s, on the topic of women. Everything about women, the womens liberation movement, her thoughts on everything from newspaper editors to breasts to university reunions. Her essays, though a bit confusing to me since I know next to nothing about history, are still powerful and opinionated, full of spunk and personality. I think she’s such a strong woman, so sure of herself. I want to be just as sure of myself as Nora Ephron is, but I don’t know if that could ever happen. Also: watch this hilarious speech she gives honouring Meryl Streep.

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The Movie

A Single Man


I watched this movie last week with my Mom, and we both absolutely loved it. Tom Ford, the fashion designer, has put out a movie with as much style and art in it as his clothes. The film itself is full of wonderful shots, some of which are highlighted in the trailer above. A little girl tapping her shoes, a woman doing her cat eyes at a fancy boudoir, two men skinny dipping at midnight..it’s all very beautiful, very artistic, and very focused. The story is immediately gripping, and you follow it throughout the movie, bouncing along, caught up in the characters most personal memories, thoughts, and grim plans. It’s a movie about sadness, tragic irony, love, happiness. Colin Firth plays it stupendously, you can experience his pain and sadness just by looking at his face and the grief sketched on it. Julianne Moore is also amazing. If you’re looking for a sad, beautiful film, watch this one. It shouldn’t disappoint you. :)

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The Photo

Photo thanks to Boston Globe Big Picture

Laura showed me this amazing website last week: The Boston Globe’s Big Picture which gives news stories in photographs. And they’re normally great big, beautiful photographs. So this week’s photo(s) are this beautiful silhouette feature from the Big Picture. Go look at all of them!

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Other things I’m loving this week:

  • Essie Soulmate nail polish on my tiny fingernails. The colour is a bit like this except darker and plum-ier
  • My sister and best friend passing their G2 and G tests, respectively. You go girls! :)
  • Writing letters to my friends
  • Starting a fresh journal, this new one has a cover with a whole bunch of diagonal rainbow stripes. This is my third! I’m now getting quite a collection of filled journals.
  • DIY care cards (based on these self-care cards seen @ Crazy Sexy Life and my friend Michele’s card deck); my first arts & crafts post featuring them will be coming up soon!
  • Operation Beautiful is one of the best things I’ve ever seen. I’m going to do this constantly, from now on.
  • Mila’s Daydreams
  • Watching as many TED talks as I can handle
  • This trailer, because I’m a sucker for a) Justin Long, b) Drew Barrymore, and c) cheesy romcoms
  • All of you!

Much love to you all,

coco,

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