Author: Malinda Meadows

How Art Gave Me Solace

Stand behind the line ma’am. I have to ask you again, ma’am, please stand behind the line. The ceilings sweep high above with natural light cascading downwards to meet us.  Indistinct murmurs float from deep within.  To escape the frenzy and find solitude, I leap ahead to the second floor and choose a room at random.  Tucked inconspicuously near the door frame, I see the first of the Van Gogh paintings.  Not more than two feet away, Renoirs subtly begin to make their appearance and will continue throughout the entire foundation – in fact, 181 in total. The constant...

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How My Life Changed When I Started Walking Instead of Running

“Take a deep breath. Get present in the moment and ask yourself what is important this very second.” – Gregory McKeown Walk, Don’t Run. The three words that drove me berserk as a child.  I didn’t want to walk into the pool, I wanted a full sprint in order to propel my cannonball jump even further.  And I couldn’t believe the audacity of the grey-haired teacher with mix-matched clothes that effectively halted my hallway hurry to recess, at least until I could slip around the corner out of sight. I kept the same full-tilt pace into adulthood.  But this...

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How I Got Unstuck

I was sitting in my tiny apartment, the one with the perfect natural lighting and warm-colored walls.  The one that I took probably six months to decorate to my liking.  But it was nothing but a distraction.   Moving things around, bringing in new cups and pots and pans I was unlikely to even use.  It was a lot like rocking in a rocking chair.  It was giving me something to do but I wasn’t going anywhere. One day I was going through an old box.  My dad had dropped it off to me, he was moving from the house...

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