Study finds candy improves test results
Okay, so the claim that “Candy Improves Test Results” probably isn’t true. I read it in a dream state.
Last night, in my dream, I perused a magazine that I read for my day job at the university. As I flipped though the pages, I came across an article citing a “research” study. The study found that students who reviewed test materials in a malt shoppe-type setting did better on tests than their counterparts who studied in dank spaces.
The article featured a picture of four smart-looking college-age girls dressed in bright purple cardigans matched with plaid skirts. They sat in an old-fashioned ice-cream parlor with some serious looking books open while eating vanilla ice-cream sprinkled with various colorful candies. Juxtaposed beside that photo, a set of sad souls in Harry Potter-style fashions looked over the same textbooks, but chained in a dungeon. According to the dreamed-induced study, the happy ice-cream eaters scored higher than the dungeon prisoners on a test the next day.
I’m sure you could poke a few holes in findings. Let’s start with the fact that sugar is horrible for concentration. But you have to admit that there is something to be said about positive surroundings. Fortunately I’m way past my test-taking days so I have no reason to try out this theory. My take-away from the dream is that I need a bowl of ice-cream and a really comfy purple cardigan.
So what colors/themes make you feel the most productive?
Creating fantasy worlds provides a coping mechanism when things get stressful in my real world. Well, things are really stressful right now.
This election has opened a sense of foreboding in me like I have never experienced. I don’t air my political views in the social media world because I have close friends on both sides of the aisle whom I respect tremendously. I prefer face-to-face discussions that allow a greater depth of discovery.
This blog is never going to be a place of political discourse. There are many other people who do a much better job on that front. So no need to worry, your escape route is safe here. In fact, that is kind of the point of this post. In some weird way, Donald Trump has clarified my business mission. With everyone posting commentary on the downfall of our society, I feel that now more than ever, the world can use a little whimsy.
About the “Whimsy Exists” graphic:
This quote graphic features my OOAK Siamese Cat Art Doll figurine “Emily” — inspired by my cat and the Art Deco cigarette girls of the 1930s. You can’t get more whimsical than that!
Malcolm Gladwell wrote in the Outliers that it takes 10,000 hours to master a field. While I’m a long way from dedicating my 10,000 hours to sculpting, I do know that I improve every day that I’m in the studio.
Working Toward 10,000 Hours
Meet Emily, my entry in the PCAGOE Re-Do Challenge.
What people don’t often talk about in terms of self-improvement is that there is down-side. Upon creation of a new piece, a romance can blossom. The journey of watching an idea manifest in physical form is intoxicating. Yet, as one works toward their 10,000 hours, the rose-colored glasses that you see your previous work through become clearer.
As a result, I fall out of love with my creations as my sculpting skills improve. I am forever “re-doing” things that no longer make me happy. On the upside, when we voted in the Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy to explore “Re-Do” as a theme, I had no shortage of pieces to enter.
I chose “Emily as my make-over piece. I talked about the creation of the original piece, modeled after and Art-Deco era cigarette girl in this post last year: http://marieyoungcreative.com/art-deco-cigarette-girl/
Vote in the Re-Do Challenge
Voting is open through Dec. 7 and everyone who votes is entered in a prize drawing so head over to http://www.pcagoe.com and choose your favorite three entries. There are some really clever takes on the theme. Many of the artists even let you see the behind the scenes of their process on their blogs.
About the Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy: PCAGOE is a global group of polymer artists united through Etsy, an online marketplace for handmade, supplies and vintage. Members create amazing things using polymer clay, including jewelry, supplies, art, sculpture, functional art and home decor.
This has been a tough week for my family. My father passed away Sunday at the age of 67. He had been very sick for a few years now, but his death is still one of those life events that you just can’t be ready for.
If you’ve read my bio, you’ve kind of met my dad. My dad was a Vietnam Vet who worked as a deep coal miner and then 30 years as an assistant foreman at a railroad tie treatment plant. As a thick-skinned, working-class guy, he wasn’t a fan of college educations let alone art history majors. How much more impractical could I get with that choice? But he was always proud of me. Plus, eventually I proved that art history majors can pay the bills.
He and Mom always fostered my talents. They paid for my sister and me to take ceramic lessons. Our whole family enjoyed the ceramic shop! We’d go together a couple of times per month to each pick out pieces that we would paint while sitting around our dining room table in the evenings. Dad also encouraged me to draw. He really liked when I drew pictures of deer. He even brought an old saw blade home from work so I could paint deer on it for him after he saw one at a craft show.
My parents taught me the value of creating things with your own hands. My mom and dad used to supplement our income by selling varies craft items. I also inherted my sense of humor around my craft from my parents. Many of the items they made were humorous and often somewhat off-color. Those were the kinds of things that sold well to the guys my dad worked with.
Thank you, Dad, for both supporting me, and for toughening me up. You made sure your girl isn’t much of a crier, but this week, I hope you don’t mind that I shed a few tears.
My polymer clay guild made “bottles of hope” for cancer patients for this month’s challenge. For my entry, I sculpted this free-spirited blue bird over a tiny bottle. His little belly shares a message of “hope.”
I’m donating it to a dear Franciscan Friar who works with me at Saint Francis University in Loretto. He is a wonderful soul who has spent the past two summers cycling more than 400 miles to raise money for our Dorthy Day Center. He expected to be doing the same this summer but is undergoing cancer treatments instead. His spirit is strong and he hope to be back on his bike soon.
Stop by the challenge through through July 7 and vote for your favorites: http://polymerclayartists.blogspot.com/2013/06/bottles-of-hope-july-challenge.html
So have you emerged from winter hibernation yet?
Winter has been really slow to move on this year. Here in central Pennsylvania we’ve had snow and bitter temperatures right though the start of April. That’s why today’s near 70 degree temps were blissful. I slipped on my sneakers at lunch and headed to the lake head trail that sits at the bottom of the campus where I work as a marketing director.
Funny how a few days ago when the temps were in the 30s and the skies were gray, my to-do-list seemed impossible. Now with a little sun, everything seems, well sunnier.
And I wasn’t the only one who thought getting outside made sense. Lots of students took to the campus mall to study, play, and even attend class. When you live on the mountain top, you celebrate the end of winter the glorious moment that it arrives.