No. 2: MD's Newsletter
Coming at you in a fresh new month that finds me on the precipice of completing my master’s program — one more class, and I’ll be MD, MS!
I will also be making my first-ever foray into product research this semester with a student position at ASU (more on that later), and I’ve been on that networking hustle seeking new opportunities in editorial leadership.
In non-writing stuff, I’m doing a little travel and decompressing given it’s spring break. We took an incredible camping trip in Joshua Tree, and I visited two of my dearest friends in Los Angeles. I was flooded with reminders of how much I loved living in that city when I moved out west in 2016. It was a formative time in my life for many reasons, and I’m grateful that I still live near enough to revisit the roots I planted in the City of Angels.
This week, we’ll be heading to Phoenix, another place where I fell in love with the desert.
The good folks at Intersect Palm Springs have posted the video of the “Untethered: Desert Residences” panel that I moderated a few weeks ago. We discussed how residences are beneficial not just for artists who want to better focus on their work in a unique and peaceful setting, but how bringing artists from around the world can propel new connections into the community.
One of the artists on the panel, Barbara Gothard, discussed how she made her latest exhibit Contradictions: Bringing the Past Forward during a residence at Bernard Leibov’s BoxoPROJECTS. I highly recommend you check out her exhibit at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands, or her upcoming artist talk at the Palm Springs Art Museum.
The whole art fair was one of the high points of 2022 for me so far: we met some fantastic and interesting folks from out of town, caught up with local artists we haven’t seen since BC (before COVID), and generated lots of inspiration.
New blog post
I have a fresh article up on Visit Palm Springs that I’m really excited about featuring eight romantic things to do in Palm Springs! If I can fluff my own feathers here (hey, it’s my Substack!), I’d say I’m something of an expert on the subject: my fiancé and I met in Palm Springs and got engaged on the same block where we had our first date. ❤️
For desert residents or those interested in social justice efforts, I highly recommend checking out the new documentary “To Live for the Harvest” from OC World. You can watch it on YouTube (run time ~30 minutes) here.
I also can’t get enough of the new Florence + the Machine single, “King.” What a bass line! I also love how the narrative blurs the line between masculine and feminine power — and the contemporary choreography in the music video is simply a cherry on top:
Keep your eyes open for an update from me later this month with some new work, and happenings-about-town. Stay cool,