Your Soul Food Friday for April 29th 2016: Smart doesn’t mean Happy, Everybody Dies but not Everybody Lives, High Performance Leadership, Earth Day on Passover & a God’s Eye View of San Diego!

Happy Soul Food Friday!

Earth Soup

This week:

Why So Many Smart People Aren’t Happy:

Everybody Dies, but Not Everybody Lives:

Connection: The Key to High Performance Leadership with Daniel Goleman

Earth Day Vs. Passover: 5 Lessons for Great Storytelling

Enjoy a God’s Eye View of Iconic Sights and Places in San Diego to Kickstart Your Weekend!

First Some Humor: Seniors getting Married

Two very active seniors (Jacob, age 78, and Mary, age 77), living in “The Villages“, are all excited about their decision to get married.

They go for a stroll to discuss the wedding, and on the way they pass a drugstore. Jacob suggests they go in.

Jacob addresses the man behind the counter: “Are you the owner?”

The pharmacist answers, “Yes.”

Jacob: “We’re about to get married. Do you sell heart medication?”

Pharmacist: “Of course we do.”

Jacob: “How about medicine for circulation?”

Pharmacist: “All kinds.”

Jacob: “Medicine for rheumatism?”

Pharmacist: “Definitely.”

Jacob: “How about suppositories and medicine for impotence?”

Pharmacist: “You bet!”

Jacob: “Medicine for memory problems, arthritis and Alzheimer’s?”

Pharmacist: “Yes, a large variety. The works.”

Jacob: “What about vitamins, sleeping pills, Geritol, antidotes for Parkinson’s disease?”

Pharmacist: “Absolutely.”

Jacob: “Everything for heartburn and indigestion?”

Pharmacist: “We sure do.”

Jacob: “You sell wheelchairs and walkers and canes?”

Pharmacist: “All speeds and sizes.”

Jacob: “Adult diapers?”

Pharmacist: “Sure, how can I help you?

Jacob: “We’d like to use this store as our Bridal Registry.

Why So Many Smart People Aren’t Happy:

There are three things, once one’s basic needs are satisfied, that academic literature points to as the ingredients for happiness: having meaningful social relationships, being good at whatever it is one spends one’s days doing, and having the freedom to make life decisions independently. But research into happiness has also yielded something a little less obvious…

Everybody Dies, but Not Everybody Lives:

Connection: The Key to High Performance Leadership with Daniel Goleman

We were talking about the huge difference between leaders who connect with the people around them, and those who do not…

Earth Day Vs. Passover: 5 Lessons for Great Storytelling

With Passover coinciding with Earth Day this year, it’s a rare opportunity to see how these two observances compare when it comes to delivering their message through the timeless art of storytelling…

Enjoy a God’s Eye View of Iconic Sights and Places in San Diego to Kickstart Your Weekend!

If you are local…

Enjoy Mission Fed ArtWalk April 30th & May 1st 2016:

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2016 Mission Federal ArtWalk Featured Artists

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2016 Mission Federal ArtWalk / ArtReach ARTIE Award Honorees


L to R:  Adam Moyer, Jennifer Borba Von Stauffenbert, Angela Carone, Kevin Hellman

The Artie Awards give recognition to some extraordinary individuals in San Diego, for their support of arts and culture in our city.

Presented by Mission Federal ArtWalk:

Alan Ziter has worked tirelessly to create a dynamic arts and culture district in San Diego. His vision and hard work for the past 13 years have made The Arts District at Liberty Station a home to some of the city’s most exciting visual and performing arts groups. Many of the artists you’ll see at the festival in April have their studios at Liberty Station. Alan has long been an activist in the arts in San Diego. Before NTC he directed the San Diego Performing Arts League and co-produced the memorable Bravo San Diego event for many years at The Westgate Hotel. 

Angela Carone covers arts and culture for KPBS and is the author of Culture Lust, the station’s arts blog. She is known for her insightful and honest on-air and online reporting on arts and culture in the region. Her fresh and authentic way of covering the visual and performing arts has both informed and entertained us, while keeping arts and culture in the spotlight in San Diego.

Jenn Borba Von Stauffenberg is the president of Olive PR Solutions.  As much as good public relations pros like to remain in the background, Jenn has more than earned this recognition not only for taking our festival public relations efforts to a new level, but also for supporting so many other visual arts programs in San Diego and nationally. She is truly passionate about visual art, and she has been investing in local artists for years by purchasing their works, holding art shows in her Little Italy office and more.  

Kevin Hellman is the publisher of San Diego Citybeat. Each year, for both of our annual festivals, Kevin comes up with a brilliant lineup of musicians who volunteer their time to entertain festival attendees. Kevin has played this role for ArtWalk events since 2005. When Kevin calls, musicians listen! But this is just one of the many ways he shares his love of music. He is president of the San Diego Music Foundation and he works with numerous local events to help them with their musical lineup.

Presented by ArtReach: 

Adam Moyer founded Knockaround, a local company centered around a sunglasses line that was simultaneously practical and stylish. In 2014, Adam invited ArtReach to partner with Knockaround to take a design exercise called Class Acts into local schools.  The premise was to give students a basic overview of the design process for sunglasses, to allow each student to create their own design and to pick one student-designed pair to manufacture and sell.  All proceeds go to participating schools and to ArtReach; over  $30,000 so far. Adam personally invests time and enthusiasm in this program. He makes philanthropy seem effortless and fun, but also very intentional.  We thank Adam for supporting visual arts education in San Diego. 

Thanks this week go to Larry H, Ron M, Marlaine C, Amon R, Lisa B and Artists of Life Everywhere!


Please pay it forward!



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“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds.

Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world.

Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”   

                — Patanjali         

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