Still in a natural setting, Creekspirit has evolved over the years into a "Garden of Art" in which have been installed many of Patti Jacquemain's mosaic pieces produced over the years, reflecting the essence of her artistic creativity. Creekspirit is located on the banks of seasonal Mission Creek in Santa Barbara's Mission Canyon area. It comprises over two acres of redwood trees, native plants, ferns, flowers, and mosaic art.
The center of the association is the Cypress Gallery that shows art from its members. Founded in 1994 by the Lompoc Valley Art Association, Cypress Gallery showcases the art of over 60 well-known local artists. Art lovers will find a variety of fine art in the Gallery: watercolors, oils, acrylics, pastels, mixed media, photography, ceramics, jewelry, souvenirs, and great gift ideas. Prices are very reasonable, and one of the artists is always available to assist you.
The winter had plenty of time for reading and this time my topics were on of leadership, management, and technology. What surprises me when I read educational and autobiographical books is how big the gap is between the publicly available knowledge and the culturally common beliefs and practices. This realization was doubly profound when I started studying psychology in grad school. So many common beliefs about the mind are exact opposite of what the research shows. I’m new to the study of leadership, management, and technology so I had the same experience of learning the reality was different from my previous ideas.
My focus for summer reading is shifting towards politics and less about technology. Politics is another subject I’ve read little about but that interests me greatly. Most of my experience is from the side of news and journalism. If you have any suggestions, please let me know!
Each one of these book is highly recommend:
Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions by Brain Christian and Tom Griffiths
Becoming by Michelle Obama
It’s your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy by Captain D. Michael Abrashoff
HBR's 10 Must Reads on Leadership by Harvard Business Review and Peter F. Drucker