Wednesday, January 24, 2007

More cheerful today?

oAre you feeling more cheerful today than you were yesterday?

Yesterday, January 23rd, was supposed to be the worst & gloomiest day of the year, according to Cliff Arnall, a health psychologist at the University of Cardiff in Wales. It figures when you think about it - winter weather, SAD from overcast days, holiday bills coming in, falling off the resolution wagon, and so on.

On paper, the formula looks like this:

W + (D-d) x TQ


M x NA

The variables are (W)eather, (D)ebt, (d) monthly salary, (T)ime since Christmas, time since failure to (Q)uit a bad habit, low (M)otivational levels and (NA), the need to take action.

The formula supposedly holds true for the United States as well as Britain, except perhaps in places where better weather could help lift the day's depressing mood.

So what to do to alleviate the day's effects? Why not write resolutions at a different time of the year and resolve to make those life changes in a different month, such as March or April? Then you wouldn't have fallen off the resolution wagon in late January. Besides, spring is, after all, the traditional season of rebirth and renewal. See, I just covered myself for not having gotten to the promised resolutions post. I should apply the same argument to the as yet unwritten annual letter.

Good news though: It's only six months until what Arnall figures will be the happiest day of 2006 — June 23.

Maybe these snippets of news or what might pass for it will cheer you up. No closings or disasters in this list - I promise.

Good news and correcting a most unfortunate rumor: Granny's Sweet Shop, on US 80 across from Chuckwagon, is NOT closed. It is open weekdays, mid-morning until dark. So if you drive by late or on a week-end, of course it won't be open! Call 847-1850 to check times or place an order. In addition to sweets, Granny's serves sandwiches, tacos, and burritos. A bit brrrrrr these days for ice cream confections. but not for homemade cakes, pies, biscotti & other baked goodies. More about Granny's in the next 'fine dining in Mountainair' column.

Arts Council
in brief - Arts Tour and Sunflower chairs (co-chairs actually...misery loves company & no one wants to be stuck holding the bag) have been named. Kristine Lauretsin and Celeste Simon are Tour co-chairs for 2007. The other good news: the 2007 tour will be only one day! Yours truly, la blogista ne plus ultra, is neither an mmac member nor on the tour committee but will once more into the breach be blogging nascent and blooming touriana as it emerges. In the meantime, send your comments and suggestions about the 2007. What would your "ideal arts tour" feature? BTW that includes letting us know what you are actually willing to do...

Insight New Mexico, the new radio talk show about local politics hosted by Eric Griego and produced by Suzanne Prescott, 3:00 to 4:00 PM on Progressive Talk Radio, 1350AM. Check out the show's website and blog.

Performances: UNM Chamber Orchestra - Albuquerque, Wed, Jan 24 '07, 7:30pm, Keller Hall. 505-277-2126. With Stephanie Akau, clarinet, UNM Concerto winner. Music includes the Lutoslawski-Five Dances Preludes for clarinet and string orchestra. Tickets $3-$7. UNM Music Department

More at Wingspread Collector's Guide Calendar

FYI Art 101 Learn about different types of artwork.

And now... just for fun, to make you smile (the best gloom antidote) - a formula for art appreciation...

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from Dr. Rodney Chang's Model of Aesthetics and Transformative Philosophy


  1. Re: formula for art appreciation...


    Gee, if they'd put this sort of thing on standardized tests, there would be no danger of cutting or underfunding arts programs in schools.

  2. only if the result yields a dollar figure... can't take appreciation to the bank or use cultural capital to pay the rent. Commodification rules, ya know

  3. Well the prediction came close. January 24th was my gloomiest day. But it's all uphill from here. Whoo Hoo!


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