Radio City Music Hall and the Hildreth Meière relief sculptures along the 50th Street facade.
Radio City Music Hall and the Hildreth Meière relief sculptures along the 50th Street facade.
Source: Photographed by Lih H., New York City, 2019. Radio City Music Hall and the Hildreth Meière relief sculptures along the 50th Street facade.

A world-renowned theater celebrated for hosting everyone and everything from Prince to the WNBA to Frank Sinatra’s official debut of New York, New York [1], Radio City Music Hall also offers patrons a wonderful collection of curated art. Art which can easily be missed in the overwhelm of a busy night at the theater.

Take a moment and to have a closer look. The Humble Fabulist blog reminded me that some patrons have already been doing just that, going out of their way to examine the designs and art discussed below through photography.

A long list of creatives left their mark on Radio City Music Hall — architects, painters, designers. Each led a fascinating life, a life of consequence — however small that consequence might seem in the grande scheme of things. …


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Hildreth Meière, American painter and designer (1932). Photo by Peter A. Juley & Son via the Smithsonian Learning Lab.

Among the hidden architectural gems of America, you will find Hildreth Meière’s work bringing personality and intrigue to each building she decorated. Many of her pieces, such as the sumptuous mosaics of the AT&T Long Distance Building, are scattered throughout New York City. After seeing a few of her creations in person, I could not stop thinking about them. I had to know more.

Hildreth Meière was born into a financially stable family in New York City, in the neighborhood of Flushing, Queens. That helps, being financially stable. But she was also incredibly talented, and even at a young age her potential as an artist was noted. During her attendance at the Academy of the Sacred Heart, she designed costumes, sketched and painted quality works. …


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The pavement is scattered with reminders of the neighbourhood’s hardships. Spray paint art in fun colours juxtaposes.

Behind the weary buildings of the Vancouver Downtown…


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Photo by Glenn Hansen via Unsplash

During the summer of this first year of COVID-19, we moved from the pulse of the city to the outskirts. Still within the city limits, but decidedly far away from all the action, it immediately felt so quiet.

It’s been just a month living in “the booneys.” Out here, my roommates and I can afford to rent a small house rather a series of tired bachelor suites or damp basement dwellings.

The groceries are cheaper. The space is plentiful. Coffee is only $1.50. But I cannot shake what I’ve come to know as “those little town blues.”

A Line Up At Main…


If you’ve been wondering what all the fuss is about MOOCs, wonder no more.

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Photo by Kiyun Lee on Unsplash

Massive Open Online Courses, also known by the adorable-sounding acronym MOOCs, are not your typical university classes. For better or for worse, MOOCs have garnered a lot of attention, and they don’t seem to be going away anytime soon. If you’ve been wondering what all the fuss is about, wonder no more.

How Do MOOCs Work?

What even is a MOOC? Well, MOOCs are courses that are accessible to anyone with an internet connection — no special software required.


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Have you considered diversifying your investment portfolio?

Of course you have.

Have you considered diversifying the tools you use for investing?

Maybe not.

This is exactly what financial management firms are beginning to do. Industry-wide changes are happening right now in global finance, and artificial intelligence ( AI) is at the forefront of those changes.

By utilizing AI capable of machine learning, the way we invest is drastically changing. Algorithms are becoming the core decision makers for companies processing multibillion-dollar transactions.

And it’s working.

What Led to the Rise of AI?

For years now, program code has been a tool for financial trade, so using computers to aid us in investment strategy is certainly nothing new. What makes AI used for trade transactions different is that it can adapt when exposed to new data. …


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The Sarcophagus of Harkhebit was excavated by Service des Antiquités de l'Egypte in 1902, then purchased from the Egyptian government by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1907. Photo from The Met, Creative Commons.

Harkhebit’s sarcophagus is different from the imagery of Ancient Egypt that so many of us are used to. When I saw the sarcophagus on the museum floor, I was instantly intrigued. The material, the artistry and the morbid subject of its purpose hooked me in.

The Beginning of the End

Harkhebit’s sarcophagus originates from the Late Period — specifically between 595-526 BC [1]— a relic of a time considered by many experts as the last traditionally Ancient Egyptian period [2]. This was a time when the art and traditions of the Old Kingdom pharoahs was still valued.

After this, Egypt would pass between the hands of one invading country to the next; it would not be an independent nation again until 1952 CE [3]. …


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Traditional workplaces can be overwhelming for persons with health struggles, chronic pain or atypical brains. Photo by Hans-Peter Gauster on Unsplash

I have always struggled to maintain a conventional job. You know, 9 to 5 in an office. Or set shifts at a restaurant job or a retail gig requiring constant human interaction.

For those of you who suffer from chronic or even temporary health conditions, you know the struggle. If you’re going through treatment, you simply cannot commit to a firm work schedule. If you struggle with mental illness, have chronic pain or are on the spectrum, you may not be able to sustain work in traditional job settings.

The gig economy has been an awesome way to supplement my disability support. Having an income also gives me greater independence, or at the very least, a sense of having exchanged a product or service that is valued by another. …


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Photo by Katie Harp on Unsplash

You gotta save for retirement. You gotta save for an emergency. Those are my two directives when it comes to finances.

For most of my adult life, I did not consider my ailing health as an emergency, nor as something that should be invested in. That is, until one morning when I was having coffee with my boyfriend at the neighbourhood coffeehouse.

“…I think it’s too much money for me to spend, though.”

I was decrying the pain and duration of my illness to him. “But there’s this treatment I’ve been researching — it has high response rates. …


Photo by Caroline Selfors via UnSplash
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Photo of suitcases by Caroline Selfors via Unsplash

Diane Keaton’s epic meltdown in Something’s Gotta Give about sums up how I deal with travel anxiety. Crying. Instability. All-white outfits.

Surely there is a better way.

I’ve tried ignoring my anxiety while in new and unfamiliar places. But that means not dealing with the anxiety properly (or at all). In the end, that can make things worse!

While you cannot completely avoid anxiety during your travels, you can take steps to keep it in line. Here are my top picks for managing anxiety when I am far from home.

Slow down.

Trying to fit in as many activities as possible on your trip can backfire if you are already struggling with anxiety. When the red flags of anxiety begin popping up throughout your trip, it is wise to slow your pace to prevent your anxiety from escalating. …

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