Ten reasons why Bravo hasn’t called

Are you a fan of the Bravo network? Most of my reality tv watching history has been with Bravo beginning with Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. I later moved on to Project Runway, Top Chef and Rachel Zoe. Flipping Out, Miami Social and Shear Genius once graced my DVR. Millon Dollar Listing New York is still on my must record list while Gallery Girls and Start Ups: Silicon Valley were disappointing at best. I’m embarrassed to admit that until a year ago, I’d likely watched each and every Real Housewives series.

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Visual Thesaurus…

A love of words is the greatest love of all.

Thinkmap Visual ThesaurusHave you tried the Visual Thesaurus yet? This online tool by Thinkmap is the coolest thing since sliced Portuguese sweet bread (in my humble geeky opinion). You type in a word and bam! A visual map hovers on your screen. I chose hover because this interactive display isn’t stationery, it is in constant movement, inviting us to play with words, literally. Grab and pull a word and watch the diagram change. Click on the speaker to hear the proper prononciation. Roll over a word to see its meaning. Click on an outlying term to bring it to the center, creating a whole new image. Right click for an instant internet search of a synonym that is begging to be researched.

I use the Visual Thesaurus during my editing process to add more punch and variety to my writing. It’s my go-to productive distraction if I’m at a loss for words. Mapping random words that come to mind can also get my creative juices going. I once logged ten blog post ideas after a five minute map play.

All this verbal goodness doesn’t come for free but it’s well worth the $2.95 monthly or $19.95 annual fee. Thinkmap offers a free try and a fourteen day free trial so you can get a little taste. If you write (lyrics, blogs, bestsellers, love letters, memes to be incessantly shared on social media), you’ll love the Visual Thesaurus. Their site is worth a visit even if you don’t plan to jump on the map wagon at this time. The blog is all kinds of awesomeness with catchy titles like “Words we love to hate” and “Why do people love their language peeves”. Also check out their word of the day and maps for trending news and issues.

 

Minimal Me…Media

 A huge area of  excess for me is content and media.  So books, mags, dvds and digital content is one of the first areas I tackled in my minimal journey.

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What I’m Listening To Now…Design Matters

My interest in design extends well beyond merely making an object, home or piece of ready to wear beautiful. I find all aspects of design fascinating.  Great graphic design can tempt us to buy or incite great emotion.  Industrial design must marry form and function and take into consideration ergonomics, environment and workflow processes.  Clothing design can be functional or fanciful or a bit of both and often reflects the economic and political climate at the time of its creation.  The design of many things in our lives have been carefully thought out and debated, from the cup holder in our vehicles to the height of our couches to the sleek shape of our tech tools….

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Booklover…One

I first stumbled upon One on Decor8 and fell in love immediately.  One is a beautifully written, photographed and textured book by Victoria Alexander of Australia.

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